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Harold Washington Library Center

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
+1 312-747-4300
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The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
Downtown / The Loop
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"beautiful building"
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"red brick"
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"glass ceiling"
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"state street"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I'd seen this library on the map as close to where I was staying, and since I like visiting libraries, went inside. Its spread over many floors (7 or 9?), connected by escalators and lifts. It appears to be well used by students and the...More

Thank 22Senior_travels
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

Wonderful place in the centre of town with contemplative winter garden on the top floor. The owls on the roof are just gorgeous!

Thank HappyDesiNomad
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Be sure to take the elevator all the way up to the 9th floor to see the gorgeous glass ceiling and enjoy the sunshine and quiet of the Winter Garden. Also fun - the 8th floor has practice rooms for musicians, so you can either...More

Thank Lindsey D
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The entire second floor is dedicated to children. Children of all ages. There's a puppet stage, toys for climbing, pretending, sharing etc. Every book imaginable is at this library. There are dedicated computers with great spaces for children to do homework.

Thank moosella
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This is a beautiful library in the heart of Chicago. I was lucky enough to go there for a wedding. it was a blast.

Thank John S
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

Love libraries? You need to visit this one! Over 6 million volumes, periodicals, newspapers, and more located in one magnificent building. Make sure to see the Winter Garden on the top floor. Then, immerse yourself in the stacks of books. See the dog tag ceiling...More

Thank Bill O
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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

My siblings and I visited to see the temporary exhibit of “The Fellowship of Rev. Clay Evans”. Not only is the library very nice, but this exhibit is outstanding! I have been a follower of Pastor Clay Evans for years and this exhibit tells a...More

Thank James B
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

Congratulations to Chicago for committing a major investment in learning in this magnificent library, downtown, in the middle of Chicago's great collection of lovely architecture. A gem.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Even if you don't want to sit and relax and read a book you gotta check out the Harold Washington Library. This is really a one of a kind library that is in such a unique building that is fun just to walk thru and...More

Thank TheBugGuy
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Take an elevator straight to the top, and spend a relaxing ten minutes in the winter garden with the fabulous daylight pouring through the space.

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