The Chicagoan Issue

The city of wind managed to seduce us from the very beginning. Chicago is strength, it is avant-garde, it is culture and it is magical.
The city that succeeded in reinventing itself has not lost its essence and its history. From those clandestine spots where blues and musical experimentation emerged in the 1940s and 1950s, to the impressive buildings that leave the viewer breathless while admiring their monumental beauty, Chicago transforms the traveller, manages to sneak unexpectedly into its heart and doesn’t seem to want to leave. Chicago’s architecture traps you in a second, its culture embraces you and its essence ends up making you fall in love completely.
The city that discreetly rises in the United States has managed to become a beloved place for millions of travellers each year, a place where you go to get lost and find yourself again, a place where you learn a sort of love until now hidden: the love you feel for a home, for a place where you belong.
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16. Chicago. Introduction 18. Interview: Mykki Blanco by Andrea Mena 25. Take me apart 27. The Lucky Man 28. Interview: Michael Salisbury by Andrea Mena 32. Let´s Play 39. Office Nostalgia 42. City Gang 48. In conversations with Michigan 52. Into the Blues 61. Impulses 66. Under the Giant 68. Interview: Robert Chase Heishman by A.Mena 96. Frank Lloyd Wright by Esther Cañadas 122. A burger Story by Pepo Simorra 178. Vivian Maier by Andrea Mena 188. Travel Handbook 198. Somewhere Else 218. The Amenity
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Photo by Yoye
What’s Mykki Blanco’s manifesto?
I think if Mykki Blanco had to have a manifesto it would be: Try to live your life honestly. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t be afraid to fall down, it’s okay to fall down as long as you pick yourself back up. And not everybody’s opinion matters.

Was there a moment when you thought “I want to be an artist”, or a performer, or “I want to write poetry”, or do music?
From very young as a child, I was always writing and singing, whenever there were commercials on the television I would run to the TV dancing to the commercials… But I think my love from music comes truly from my love of literature. I think that, as much as we can interact with digital culture, there’s a different feeling you get when you open a book and you read a book. There’s a different feeling you get when you begin a story and that becomes your whole entire world, you know? It’s different than a movie or something that you can see on the internet, because your imagination is really able to take off. I think that I approach almost every creative thing I do from this place of my writing and literature, because there’s still freedom there for the mind to create its own scenarios.
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Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of Modernity

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered as one of the greatest architectural geniuses of the 20th century, as well as one of the most prolific, unorthodox and controversial. During the 70 years of his career, he created 12 of the 100 most important buildings of the 20th century. His greatest legacy was the creation of an architectural language specific to the United States—a contribution that transformed architecture and an entire country. 

He believed architecture should be in harmony with both humanity and the environment, which he defined as organic architecture.  This philosophy led him to found the Prairie School movement. For the architect, the horizontal lines of his buildings are reminiscent of the Prairie Plains of the American Midwest. He used them as a symbolic element to create a unique and indigenous architectural language that sought to represent the spirit and values of the United States. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the architect looked to traditional American icons to devise an indigenous US architecture, his projects were forward-thinking and modern. He applied these ideas to the Prairie Houses—homes that were reminiscent of the long and low prairies in buildings with low-pitched roofs, deep overhanging eaves, with no attics or basements, and with casement windows that further emphasized the perception of horizontality. 

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