Best libraries in Chicago

Check out the top libraries in Chicago, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Chicago Cultural Center
1. Chicago Cultural Center
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31 local reviews
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Open now
(312) 744-6630
Local government officeEstablishment
Ruben
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official re…
Alex and Brittany
Years ago, I used to come to this building as it was a city library. Now, it has many interesting art exhibits…
Rachel
This is the old site of the Chicago Public Library. It is SO beautiful. There is a giant domed Tiffany ceiling…
1. Chicago Cultural Center
1. Chicago Cultural Center
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31 local reviews
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Open now
(312) 744-6630
Ruben
Ruben
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor …
Alex and Brittany
Alex and Brittany
Years ago, I used to come to this building as it was a city library. Now, it has many interesting art exhibits on several floors, free conce…
Rachel
Rachel
This is the old site of the Chicago Public Library. It is SO beautiful. There is a giant domed Tiffany ceiling in Preston Bradley Hall (3rd …
2. Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library
2. Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library
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4 local reviews
4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-744-7616
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Sarah
A fabulous library, with computers for public use, well-stocked audio visual and periodicals holdings, and ev…
Christine
The "Regional" part means that this is an extra-large public library. It frequently hosts lectures and other c…
Janet
Amazing library which is kid friendly and many activities!
2. Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library
2. Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library
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4 local reviews
4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-744-7616
Sarah
Sarah
A fabulous library, with computers for public use, well-stocked audio visual and periodicals holdings, and even a foreign section! The 2nd …
Christine
Christine
The "Regional" part means that this is an extra-large public library. It frequently hosts lectures and other community events and boasts one…
Janet
Janet
Amazing library which is kid friendly and many activities!
3. Newberry Library
3. Newberry Library
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4 local reviews
60 West Walton Street, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-943-9090
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Garrett
Research library - built in 1887 - with rare manuscripts and regular speaking events
Stephanie
Great Library & amazing park to sit in and have coffee or read a book
FieldHouse
Technically a library, but more like an interactive history museum exhibit.
3. Newberry Library
3. Newberry Library
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4 local reviews
60 West Walton Street, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-943-9090
Garrett
Garrett
Research library - built in 1887 - with rare manuscripts and regular speaking events
Stephanie
Stephanie
Great Library & amazing park to sit in and have coffee or read a book
FieldHouse
FieldHouse
Technically a library, but more like an interactive history museum exhibit.
4. Evanston Public Library
4. Evanston Public Library
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3 local reviews
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Open now
+1 847-448-8600
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Anna Kate
Beautiful Main Library.
Stacy and Scott
Great library in the center of downtown.
Sue
We have a fabulous public library with lots of free entertainment available. Worth checking out!!!
4. Evanston Public Library
4. Evanston Public Library
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3 local reviews
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Open now
+1 847-448-8600
Anna Kate
Anna Kate
Beautiful Main Library.
Stacy and Scott
Stacy and Scott
Great library in the center of downtown.
Sue
Sue
We have a fabulous public library with lots of free entertainment available. Worth checking out!!!
5. The Revel Room
5. The Revel Room
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6 local reviews
1566 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-278-1600
BarNight clubPoint of interest
Moudi
Fun bar, very cool decor, and they even have a fake library in the back!
Hunter
My favorite bar in WP, and one of my favorites in Chicago. Expect a mixed bag of people, great bartenders, and…
Moudi
Fun bar, very cool decor, and they even have a fake library in the back!
5. The Revel Room
5. The Revel Room
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6 local reviews
1566 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 773-278-1600
Moudi
Moudi
Fun bar, very cool decor, and they even have a fake library in the back!
Hunter
Hunter
My favorite bar in WP, and one of my favorites in Chicago. Expect a mixed bag of people, great bartenders, and a hidden dancefloor in the ba…
Moudi
Moudi
Fun bar, very cool decor, and they even have a fake library in the back!
6. Jackson Park
6. Jackson Park
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7 local reviews
Jackson Park, Chicago
NeighborhoodPolitical
Darren
Amazing park with biking trails, golf course, beach and field house. Future sight of Obama Presidential Librar…
Bill & Kathy
One of Chicago's most beautiful parks. It's one of the two finalist candidates for the Obama Presidential Lib…
Bennett
Take a walk on the fairgrounds of the 1893 World's Fair. Also, you can check out their Japanese Gardens.
6. Jackson Park
6. Jackson Park
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7 local reviews
Jackson Park, Chicago
Darren
Darren
Amazing park with biking trails, golf course, beach and field house. Future sight of Obama Presidential Library.
Bill & Kathy
Bill & Kathy
One of Chicago's most beautiful parks. It's one of the two finalist candidates for the Obama Presidential Library.
Bennett
Bennett
Take a walk on the fairgrounds of the 1893 World's Fair. Also, you can check out their Japanese Gardens.
7. Harold Washington Library
7. Harold Washington Library
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5 local reviews
400 S State St, Chicago
Premise
Sean
Ok, so maybe I'm a library nerd. Or maybe it's just because I work here, but if you're in the loop, definitely…
Rosalind
The breathtaking Harold Washing Library is a beautiful place to spend a quiet afternoon. If you're craving sun…
Dorian
Massive library with bright winter garden on the top floor.
7. Harold Washington Library
7. Harold Washington Library
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5 local reviews
400 S State St, Chicago
Sean
Sean
Ok, so maybe I'm a library nerd. Or maybe it's just because I work here, but if you're in the loop, definitely give it a walk-through!
Rosalind
Rosalind
The breathtaking Harold Washing Library is a beautiful place to spend a quiet afternoon. If you're craving sunshine, any season of the year,…
Dorian
Dorian
Massive library with bright winter garden on the top floor.