Chicago >Harold Washington Library
“What a great place.”
The library is a great spot to do work (free wifi!) when you can't bear another coffee shop. Visit the Winter Garden, a beautiful bright room with high ceilings and trees.
The largest public library in the world, named after Chicago's first African-American mayor..
Perched above the massive granite and red brick building are what look like giant green gargoyles (they're actually owls). This facility, opened in 1991, is named after Chicago's first African-American mayor. Its ten floors are well organized and attractive with warm maple throughout, also boasting more than $1 million worth of public art. Chicago's rich musical heritage comes alive in the eighth floor's Visual and Performing Arts Division, home of the Chicago Blues Archives and Jazz/Blues/Gospel Hall of Fame. Kids gravitate toward the second floor Thomas Hughes Children's Library.
Quiet times. Since this library was built, no other in the city can compare. It has 8 or more floors to begin with. I like to browse there for a few hours. Books, tapes, cds, movies, kids section, pianos. What a great place. Study rooms, plenty of places to sit and read or relax.
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