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  • Address: 400 S State St, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 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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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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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture, Chicago, null
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe's to contemporary styles that ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Private Guided Tour of Chicago by Deluxe Mini-Coach for up to 12 guests, Chicago, Historical & ... 
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Private Guided Tour of Chicago by Deluxe Mini-Coach for up to 12 guests

Explore Chicago on a custom tour with a private guide in a deluxe vehicle that seats up to 12 guests. See the Loop, Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Lake Shore ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $875.00
Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests, Chicago, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Explore Chicago on a custom SUV tour with a private guide. See the Loop, Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Lake Shore Drive & Wrigley Field, OR Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $650.00
Chicago Loop Walking Tour, Chicago, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Chicago Loop Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Loop is the heartbeat of downtown Chicago! This walking tour will take you through the Loop and educate you on the various buildings, businesses, history, ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00

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