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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.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-747-4300
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to check out the Library and found great Artwork on display. The Installation over the escalators of dog tags from every soldier killed in Vietnam was amazing! We didn't expect it, and it was very moving. The building is lovely and we were...More

Thank LeslieS1
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I think former Mayor Harold Washington would be deeply humbled that his city built such an amazing structure to honor his legacy. It's like a mini Library of Congress, only more modern. It comes complete with a red brick edifice, that looks pinkish brown to...More

Thank cherryicecream2017
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Go to the 9th floor and visit the sky piazza. Then visit the exhibits. Right now there is a fun exhibit including old Ronko commercials. THere is also a good exhibit about Harold Washington.

Thank panama2000
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I was in Chicago for a visit and needed to get some work done, so I spend much of the day in the Harold Washington Library. It's a beautiful old building, both inside and out, with tons of great places to sit. If I had...More

1  Thank andnobodyknows
Reviewed 4 March 2017

In town for BEA, I had to check out this library. The layout was a bit hard to figure out what was where, but I kept on exploring. The dog tag honoring veterans was touching! A place to see for any book lover.

Thank Victoria H
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Schedule a time when there is a Makerspace activity once a month if you have young kids. They have a quick project that uses a laser cutter and 3D printer. Our kids loved it. Make sure to go to the 9th floor. It's a great...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This library can be visited for its architectural design and its large book and information collection. In addition, the library center also presents lectures and discussions. For $3.00 last June I had the rare opportunity during the Printers Row Lit Fest to listen to one...More

Thank MaryinChicago
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Pretty cool place to visit in Chicago. The building is massive and a work of art on its own. Different pieces of art throughout the library were also amazing to see.

Thank Tannermash
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This building is a historic landmark and the best library in the Midwest, Outstanding library. There is a children's center, a teen's center, a popular works location, over 100 public computers, and endless isles of books. It is easy to reserve a computer, you just...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is located in the loop and is a typical architectural building. If you don't want to take some time to go Inside, just take a few minutes to admire the building from the outside

Thank Emmanuel R
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Response from cherryicecream2017 | Reviewed this property |
I humbly apologize for not responding sooner, my Internet has bee been down, the question is no longer readily visible to me at this time. I hope I can help in the future in a more timely manner. Cherry ice cream, 2017