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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
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Train and Walking Tour of Chicago Loop - Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Train and 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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  • 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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Should I book Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library) tickets in advance?
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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.
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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.
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