Harold Washington Library Tours

The Harold Washington Library Center is the main branch of the Chicago Public Library system. When it opened in 1991, the ten-story library was the largest public library in the world.

Located in Chicago’s South Loop, its design is based on the winning submission in a 1988 architecture contest. The contest was to design the new library called for by then-Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, the city’s first African American mayor. 

The Harold Washington Library Center is more than just a traditional library for books. Here, you can research your ancestry in their online genealogy databases. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the building, art on display from more than 50 artists, music practice rooms, a Maker Lab, and book clubs and reading events for your children. Be sure to visit the glass-domed Winter Garden atrium on the library’s 9th floor as well.

Practical Info

The Harold Washington Library Center is open seven days a week. Library hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Harold Washington Library is a popular stop on architecture walks of Chicago. 
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Address: 400 S State St, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Hours: Open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Private Guided Tour of Chicago by Deluxe Mini-Coach for up to 12 guests

See Chicago your way on this private guided tour. Up to 12 passengers can take part in this tour that features the parts of Chicago that you are most interested in. Your driver will take you to select points of interest, while your guide fills you in on the history and insider information of the sights--all at your speed, according to your preferences.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

Experience Chicago with a private guide and seperate driver in a luxury SUV. The tour is fully customizable with different itineraries to suit your tastes and interests. Visit Wrigley Field, peruse Fulton Market, and bring your camera for famous skyline views. Then get of the beaten path and venture into local neighborhoods. This tour is ideal for visitors who value privacy and who are looking for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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