Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois

The Farnsworth House is one of the most significant of Mies van der Rohe’s works, equal in importance to such canonical monuments as the Barcelona Pavilion, built for the 1929 International Exposition and the 1954-58 Seagram Building in New York. Its significance is two-fold. First, as one of a long series of house projects, the Farnsworth House embodies a certain aesthetic culmination in Mies van derRohe’s experiment with this building type. Second, the house is perhaps the fullest expression of modernist ideals that had begun in Europe, but which were consummated in Plano, Illinois. As historian Maritz Vandenburg has written in his monograph on the Farnsworth House:

“Every physical element has been distilled to its irreducible essence. The interior isunprecedentedly transparent to the surrounding site, and alsounprecedentedly uncluttered in itself. All of the paraphernalia of traditional living –rooms, walls, doors, interior trim, loose furniture, pictures on walls, even personal possessions – have been virtually abolished in a puritanical vision of simplified, transcendental existence.Mies had finally achieved a goal towards which he had been feeling his way for three decades.“

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Source: The Farnsworth House

The abandoned Uptown Theatre in Chicago, Illinois has 4,381 seats and its interior volume is said to be larger than any other movie palace in the United States. Occupying over 46,000 square feet in Chicago’s Uptown Entertainment District, the mammoth theater has an ornate five story entrance lobby with an eight story façade. Efforts are needed to restore this landmark, which has been closed to audiences since 1981.

Central National Bank, Chicago, Illinois
via Illinois Historic Preservation Agency 

Two story Modern post-war bank. 

From Forgotten Chicago:

Central National Bank, 728 W. Roosevelt, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, 1947.

I looked up this location in Google Streetview and came back with a building on the UIC campus, which is about the same period but I don’t think the same building. There is a huge parking lot in the area so I think this actual bank building is gone.

Once upon a time, I was 10 feet from Mumford & Sons.

So. I promised some more special Mumford images from the festival, right?

Well, I’ve got you covered.

YEP. I got to sit 10 feet in front of Mumford & Sons. 2nd row in a small theater in Dixon. Literally right in front of Marcus Mumford, if I’d reached out, I could’ve touched him.

So, how did this magical event take place? Well, I DID have to be in Dixon from about 11 AM until 2 AM to witness this, but it was so worth it. So, this incredible Dobro player, Jerry Douglas, had a show after the Dixon stopover at 11:30 PM at the old Dixon theater. My boyfriend, our friend, and me went to this, got there early and sat in the second row. At about 2 AM, Mumford & Sons came on the stage and played 3 songs, one of which was entirely acoustic without any amplification. Just the raw player of the band. 

Most amazing thing in the world. Also, in these photos you can see Big Mike from Apache Relay, banjoist Abigail Washburn, Jerry Douglas and his fiddle player Luke.

My friend sitting with me took these photos. This is literally how close I was to my favorite band :D

Chicago is the 3rd largest city in America and that’s a lot of people. I’ve been here a little over a year and I can tell you that no one can know what this city is like unless you live here. And while everyone’s experience here will be different, there are some things that remain constant for everyone. There are some things YOU NEED TO KNOW before even thinking of moving here permanently.