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Best of Chicago Tour Including a Deep-Dish Pizza
"Get ready to see the best of Chicago and enjoy its most famous food – deep-dish pizza! Start your city sightseeing tour with visits to some of Chicago’s most interesting neighborhoods – Gold Coast Lincoln Park Wrigleyville and more – where you’ll learn about the city’s unique culture and rich history. This comprehensive tour also takes you to the most important and popular attractions in the city including Grant Park with its enviable location on Lake Michigan; Adler Planetarium with a great view of the city; and Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) one of Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers! After the tour
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Best of Chicago Tour Including a Deep-Dish Pizza
"Get ready to see the best of Chicago and enjoy its most famous food – deep-dish pizza! Start your city sightseeing tour with visits to some of Chicago’s most interesting neighborhoods – Gold Coast Lincoln Park Wrigleyville and more – where you’ll learn about the city’s unique culture and rich history. This comprehensive tour also takes you to the most important and popular attractions in the city including Grant Park with its enviable location on Lake Michigan; Adler Planetarium with a great view of the city; and Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) one of Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers! After the tour
From $63.00
 
Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour
"Get an in-depth look at the beautiful Windy City on this 4-hour coach tour of Chicago! Take a scenic bus ride through the South Side and travel through the beautiful Grant Park. Visit the Adler Planetarium with its impressive sky dome and pass by the Art which boasts a world-renowned collection of impressionist art. Pass the Orchestra Hall home of the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra and drive by President Obama's old neighborhood!On the North Side travel by the striking Richard J Daley plaza with its magnificent Pablo Picasso sculpture created specifically for Chicago. Cross the Chicago River and see the famous Wrigley Building and Wrigley Field. Spot one of the tallest buildings in the world the John Hancock Center and continue through Lincoln Park’s acres and acres of lush greenery and lagoons. See the Itinerary section below for a full list of sights seen on this exciting Chicago tour."
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Harold Washington Library Tips (10)

An eye-catching new 'Chicago Public Library'

Chicago's new public library, the Harold Washington Library, is certainly an eye-catching sight when you suddenly come across it! Built in 1991 and named after a former city Mayor who fought hard for...
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Bwana_Brown
May 12, 2008

Harold Washington Library

This is the largest public library in the United States and is named after the first African-American Mayor of Chicago. This building houses the Chicago Blues Archives and the Jazz/Blues/Gospel Hall...
CoAir13
Feb 15, 2004

Largest Public Library in the World

When I was a junior and senior in high school I would take periodic trips to the City of Chicago from the southwest suburbs where I lived just to spend the day at the old library doing research for a...
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riorich55
May 24, 2011

Harold Washington Library Center

Named after the late Mayor Harold Washington, the 1st black mayor of Chicago, this replaced the building that now holds the Cultural Center as the main public library in Chicago.I'm not a huge fan of...
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Dabs
Mar 03, 2007

Harold Washington Library

Its massive size and the architect's use of post-modernist stylistic details make this 1991 library a controversial structure. Architecture buffs tend to either love it or hate. Myself, I'm a fan. The...
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yooperprof
Aug 30, 2007

More than a Library!

If you are in Chicago, you should visit the Harold Washington Library. It's much more than a library. There is a coffee shop, art exhibits, permanent and changing museum exhibits, concerts. There is...
karyn209
Apr 28, 2009

Harold Washington Library

Reputedly the largest library building in the world, Chicago's central library, the Harold Washington Library in the downtown Loop area (although my understanding is that it is technically in the...
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WulfstanTraveller
Oct 14, 2013

The Largest Public Library

Chicago has many public libraries but the largest and the best architectural wonder that looks like a fortress would be the Harold Washington Public Library located in State Street, the old shopping...
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machomikemd
Nov 06, 2010

Interesting Art inside

I find Libraries are often interesting ... the architecture .. the art ect. . The floor is lovely and some interesting art. a lot is very dark .. my favorite is the pieces on loan from Vetrans...
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chattygirl7491
Oct 03, 2016

Unique Architecture

I'm just loading pictures and place holders until I can get back and add some text. Come back in November and see what's been added.
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Toughluck
Oct 26, 2007
 
 
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Things to Do Near Harold Washington Library

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Monadnock Building

The 17 story Monadnock Building was built in two sections two years apart. When the northern half, designed by famous Chicago architects Burnham & Root, was completed in 1891 it was the the...
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Financial District

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), was established in 1848. It is the world's oldest futures and options exchange. It merged with the CME under the CME Group holding company in 2007. The building was...
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Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF

Open House October 17-18, 2015 Chicago has joined a number of other international cities in offering an Open House weekend, the 5th Open House weekend was October 17-18, 2015. The Open House is free...
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Center is the home for more than 200 live concerts a year -- orchestras, recitals, jazz, superstar guest artists, visiting orchestras, and more. I went there for Argentinian tango the other...
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Marquette Building

I can't tell you how many times I passed by the Marquette Building before finally stopping in to have a look with a few VTers earlier this year. It's got one of the coolest lobbies of any building in...
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Board of Trade

It is a quite unusual recommendation,I must reckon.But by my opinion,besides the economic importance of it ,as being the biggest grain and oilseeds exchange in the world,it should be a must see place...
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Getting to Harold Washington Library

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400 S. State St.

Hours

  • Sunday 13:00 to 17:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 21:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 to 21:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 21:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 21:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 17:00

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