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Get lost in books

With all the hustle and bustle the city has to offer, it’s rare that you’ll ever get a moment of silence. However, there’s a little gem on the South Side that can ease your mind from everyday life.

The Stony Island Arts Bank, a hybrid gallery, media archive, and library, is a must see. What was once a community savings and loan building, built in 1923, is now a place for neighborhood residents to engage with South Side history.

You will be in awe stepping into the building full of beautiful architecture and a large room dedicated to books!

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Jodelle is originally from Hawaii and moved to Chicago in 2012. She received her Master’s from DePaul University in 2014 and has worked for various organizations including the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, MLS Chicago Fire, Hallmark Movie Channels, Disney ABC Television Group, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and ABC7 Los Angeles. She created Chicago Flex in 2018 after experiencing life as a television news reporter and seeing the impact and positive influences stories had on people’s lives. Her mission is to get us all back to our roots of knowing our neighbors, our community, and our people. Follow Jodelle on Facebook and Instagram @jodelle.maglaya

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