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Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) Tours and Activities

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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.

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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago City Minibus Tour

Chicago City Minibus Tour

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Enjoy Chicago’s famous sights and fabulous skyline views on this award-winning small-group sightseeing tour of the city. Travel through Chicago with an expert guide on a comfortable minibus, stopping at iconic locations like early skyscraper "The Rookery" (Frank Lloyd Wright architecture), Museum Campus (for the BEST skyline view in town) and The Buckingham Fountain. You'll also see The Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, The Chicago River, Millennium Park, The Gold Coast, Lake Shore Drive and more! Along the way, your guide will provide historical and informational commentary about the area and its many attractions. The small-group atmosphere with maximum of 10 people ensures a more personal experience. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Train & Walking Tour of Chicago Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Train & Walking Tour of Chicago Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper

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We start our tour at one of the most interesting buildings in the Loop — the Fine Arts Building.  Built in 1884 as a showroom and office complex, the building was converted twelve years later into its present-day use. We then venture a few blocks to tour the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library, the design of which was the winner of a competition to design a new library for the City of Chicago.  Leaving the library, we'll view three Chicago landmarks built in the late 1800s, then we visit the beautiful Marquette Building, the Field Building (built on the site of the world's first modern skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building) and then see the amazing atrium lobby of the world-renowned Rookery Building. Next, we're off to the beautifully-restored Quincy L stop (authentic 1897 design) and take the train to our last stops.  We visit the iconic Macy's to see the beautiful Tiffany mosaic then we wrap up the tour at the Cultural Center to experience the world's largest Tiffany dome.
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  • 3 hours
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What are Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) hours of operation?
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Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) hours of operation: 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. . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) costs USD 39.00. Guided Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) tours start around USD 39.00 per person. See all 3 Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) tickets and tours on Viator.
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