Libraries in Chicago

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Libraries in Chicago

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  • Mariana C
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I didn't have this building on my list, but I caught my attention on the street and then I looked it up. It's worth watching from the outside and also going in. The library is huge and amazing, there's free wifi and restrooms if you need them. Everyone was very kind. I wanted to visit the winter garden but it was closed for a private event, so check first!
    Written September 6, 2023
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  • cincytravelqueen2021
    Cincinnati, OH5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newberry has a stellar reputation amongst libraries with a very unique collection of ancient manuscripts and maps. My advance research made my day easy since I applied for a Readers Card in advance and hunted on their website for items I wanted to see. On arrival, a staff person in the Reference Area right off the entrance helped me fill in the items I had dreamed about - a real, yes, real First Shakespeare Folio from 1623; and an English illuminated manuscript from 1520s recommended by the staff person that turned out to also be a thrill of a lifetime. How lucky there is such an institution in the US.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • Mark L
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Features single exhibits rather than museum approach
    Exhibit “Drawn To War” a comprehensive review of the career of famed WW 2 and later political cartoonist Bill Maudlin

    Good displays in pleasant bright airy space overlooking Michigan Ave and Grant Park

    In a stunning architectural gem, take time to check out lobby especially ceiling
    Written June 30, 2021
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  • northernk
    Phoenix, AZ13,319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    if you are in the vicinity and have a moment please make sure you check this place out, always stuff going on, and fascinating structure to visit and admire the construction.
    Written August 10, 2017
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  • IAN D
    Wigan, UK25,399 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is home to the historic pumping station. Also acts as a small information centre and little library. Seems odd this survivor from the 1800'S amidst massive skyscrapers.
    Written September 9, 2018
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  • Veronica G
    Chicago, IL46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This particular location is very fun and the location is accessible to the Chicago River Branch as well. The Red Line CTA train is nearby. In addition, there are plenty of shopping markets to buy anything that you might need.
    Written July 9, 2018
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recently signed up for French classes here. So far so good. I’m not disappointed. I am just confused by the class schedule- system-numbering... and this location doesn’t have its own parking but they validate parking tickets ( for $9)
    Written February 4, 2020
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  • Tyshondra B
    12 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    I EMAILED THE MANAGER AT THIS LIBRARY AS BLACK AFRICAN AUTHOR FEMALE AUTHOR FROM CHICAGO ,IL AND GOT NO RESPONSE BACK. I EMAILED THE MANAGER ON HAVING AN EVENT IN ADDITION, DISCUSISING THE BLACK HISTORY
    Written October 23, 2023
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I live on Chicago's Gold Coast and for years we visited the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 1130 North State Street for our literary needs. Then, like so many other bookstores, it closed. Fortunately, another Barnes & Noble is located conveniently at 1441 West Webster, at Clybourn, in the Webster Place shopping mall. With lots of parking. Open from 10 to 7 Monday through Saturday and from 11 to 7 on Sunday, it is an all-encompassing store that includes a cafe and offers magazines, textbooks, toys, games, stationery, gifts, DVDs, vinyl records, music, Blu-rays and kids' books. Service is swift and friendly. On our most recent visit, I was able to purchase an early copy of Twilight of the Gods, Ian W. Toll's final volume of his well documented and fascinating study of his War in the Pacific trilogy. This book covers 1944-1945, from the Battle of the Philippine Sea to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, I love history, especially the Civil War and World War II, and I never cease to marvel at how much new material is uncovered by such gifted writers as Toll.
    Written January 13, 2021
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  • messro
    chicago78 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Genealogy programs are offered several times a year from censuses and land records to online databases. This is my go to place for naturalization records, though more are becoming available online.
    Written May 12, 2015
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