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Harold Washington Library Center

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The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.
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400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On arriving here, take a look around the first two floors and then take the elevator straight to the top floor where the 'winter garden' is located. A beautiful indoor area with a nice view of the skyline. We did feel a bit intimidated by...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank urbanvid91
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in briefly because we had confused it with the Chicago Cultural Center. A beautiful, modern library with interesting small displays on each floor. The winter garden on the top is a good place to sit and relax, but a little bare and disappointing when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

I made this stop because a tour guide mentioned they have a display of books that were donated by people from England after the great fire. There were about 5,000 donated and they have about 200 on display that are still in their original binding....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank lovetotravel57033
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Chicago has a VERY walkable downtown, and we did a lot of exploring. We noticed these huge and amazing rooftop ornaments, and got a closer look. Although the building has the size and general appearance of a classic older building, it is actually brand new,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank BenLar137
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very good library. Nice and clean, not much of a mess. Huge collection of books for people to read. Really quiet place, which is perfect for reading in peace.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 21Joseph1337
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This is now the Chicago Public Library. Of course, computer search of the collection is available. Computers are free to use and there are classes about computer usage. The collection itself is somewhat lacking for a big city, but understandable in light of the great...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed November 2, 2018

I have truly enjoyed this center from its opening. there is always an exhibit somewhere in this building that challenges. currently, the Veteran's memorial on the third floor is particularly poignant. on the top level is one of the finest public spaces in Chicago, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We were so glad we went here. It is an amazing library & according to guide book it is largest in world. We looked briefly at each floor but what is so amazing is the top floor, The Winter Garden. There are small tables and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank eliz39
Reviewed October 2, 2018

The library has a large collection and interesting Vietnam Memorial on the 3rd floor. Often the library is full of vagrants and homeless people looking to avoid the elements.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Loren_L_1976
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

I went here because my friend wanted to go when we visited the area so I dragged along. The main entranceway stank of urine but once you got further inside that was no longer noticeable. The winter garden was disappointing, there are a couple of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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