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  • Sector Updates: Tourism & Historical Sites

    A personal message from our Board - Heidi Ruehle, Unity temple Restoration Foundation

    "Since Unity Temple (the building) closed on Friday through at least the end of the month (March), tourism will obviously be impacted. I wish we had a virtual tour available for sale online, but since this is not the case I've been sharing a short video Joe Kreml from VOP assembled as a "better than nothing" option:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqdLnqFEcA&t=9s 

    Unity Temple Restoration Foundation has a unique situation in that much of my work can be done from home (grant writing, marketing plans, communications, financials, etc.) and since I'm the only staff there are no layoffs in the foreseeable future. Fortunately, my board is very supportive during all of this.

    We had to postpone our April 3 World Heritage celebration for a future date. Our April 17 chamber music concert has been postponed to be included in our 2020-2021 season. We also have three other income-generating programs late April - May so I'm crossing my fingers for those. There will be some financial loss regardless - the end of our fiscal year is June 30 so we can recoup the income next fiscal year but it'll just throw off our budgets a bit (I'm assuming donors and grantors will understand).

    Not connected to UTRF, but like other churches, the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation has started hosting virtual church services. Any UTUUC events/rentals have also been canceled.

    Let's hang in there together!"


    To contact Heidi about any tourism matters or just to commiserate, please reach out to her at heidi@utrf.org.


    Facebook Group focused on issues within the Hotel & Tourism Industry - CLICK HERE

    Visit Oak Park - Our partners at Visit OP are working diligently to position the bureau to help to the village, our partner communities, area attractions, and local businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. They are currently making plans for a significant marketing campaign, including digital and television, to be executed as soon as pandemic is over to get locals and visitors back to the area. If you need to contact Visit Oak Park CLICK HERE.



    Frank Lloyd Wright Home&Studiothe Home & Studio is closed through March 27th. CLICK HERE to go to their website.

    Pleasant Home - As of Monday March 16, Pleasant Home is closed until further notice. CLICK HERE to go their website. This is in alignment with closures and policies of the Park District of Oak Park.

    Cheney Mansion - As of Monday March 16, Cheney Mansion, as a PDOP facility, is closed until further notice. CLICK HERE for their website.

    OPRF Museum - Closed until April 1. Please call them at 708-848-6755 with questions or email  at oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net   More details are available at www.oprfmuseum.org