Last weekend I finally had a chance to check out the Stony Island Arts Bank. It's been on my list for a couple months now, but it took a while for the perfect storm of a Saturday off & a willing companion to arise. It's open Tuesday-Saturday, but tours are only Saturday afternoons, and if you're going I highly recommend the tour because it definitely enhanced my understanding/appreciation of the space. Back in the 20s the space was a functioning bank, but after the bank closed in the 70s the building sat vacant and fell into disrepair. In 2012 Theaster Gates bought the space and renovated it, and now it holds the Johnson Publishing library, the back catalogs of Ebony, Jet, and Tan magazines, and Frankie Knuckles' private vinyl collection. Because of the delicate nature of the collection you have to go through an orientation if you want to touch anything, but it's well worth the extra 20 minutes. We stayed for a couple hours but you could easily stay all day getting lost in old issues of Ebony, or in the stacks of the Johnson Publishing Library's collection. I'm already looking forward to going back.