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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good32%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
Downtown / The Loop
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+1 312-747-4300
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I sat in the library for several hours.I always start with the newspaper and magazine.The floor housing art also has section called MAXWELL Street. On Wabash there is a resturant called MILLERS PUB,best corn beef sandwich and tv with Cubs games. I love watching the"L"roll...More

Thank Theodore L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped by this building on the way to Chinatown. What a beauty! Such an incredible building inside and out. There's just something peaceful about a library...especially one this huge and beautiful!

Thank Julie I
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loooove libraries and Harold Washington its one of my favorites. Easy acces from train station and buses and its soo big! You can find anything here or they can request the books you want , they also have cool events like print making or...More

Thank Lirumena
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So conveniently located to several L trains, there’s no excuse for not poking your head in. The building is gorgeous and vast... take the escalators to the 9th floor for stunning art and views.

Thank Corban R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy on and off stop on the Brown line. The building is a unique piece of architecture, not just another library.

Thank TGA2014
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

The assistace received by the staff and librarians was exceptional. The building architecture and surrounding exterior grounds were beautiful.

Thank _bookerlisa5
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

The exterior design of the Library is worth a look. Well, it's hard to miss. I have no judgments to make. The interior, however, is exemplary. You can tour this library on your own as quickly or slowly as you deem worthy. There is an...More

Thank Marty D
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

On our recent trip into the city we decided to explore Harold Washington Library. It is a gorgeous library with huge owls hanging off the corners of the roof, watching you as you slip into the cool, quiet library. There is an amazing art installation...More

Thank Anne S
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

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 21 April 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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