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Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library)

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

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The main branch of the Chicago Public Library system, the 10-story Harold Washington Library Center, became the largest public library in the world when it opened to great fanfare in 1991. A welcoming public space for reading, research, and special events, the library is a celebrated South Loop landmark available for all to enjoy.

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400 S State St, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

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Explore the hidden side of Chicago on a 2-hour walking tour of The Loop, a bustling neighborhood that’s full of wild history, architectural landmarks and some of the city’s most fascinating characters. Follow your local guide along the sidewalk, and stop to notice the overlooked details and untold stories that even life-long locals sometimes miss. Experience the city one small piece at a time on a route that traces a path between Chicago’s littlest treasures, and get an inside look at life in the Second City.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago City Tour: Elevated Architecture Tour with Train Ticket Included
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Chicago City Tour: Elevated Architecture Tour with Train Ticket Included

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Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the famous "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop. The city's first elevated train started making trips in 1892. Now considered one of Chicago’s most defining features, the "L" offers incredible views of downtown. By being more than 20 feet off the ground, you'll see architectural details that are missed by most pedestrians at street level. This is our most comprehensive tour in the Loop, passing hundreds of buildings and highlighting ones of architectural significance.
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  • 2 hours
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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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Discover the architectural splendor of downtown Chicago—and learn all about the city’s early skyscrapers, urban planning, and modern history—on this small-group tour. Meet your guide in the morning on Michigan Avenue and set off by foot and by L train. You’ll see world-renowned landmarks like the Rookery Building, will visit the Chicago Cultural Center to admire the world’s largest Tiffany dome, will explore the Fine Arts Building, and much more.
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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.