Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library has it roots in an abandoned water tower, where it was founded more than a century ago in 1873. From these relatively humble beginnings, the library has grown to its present day size, where it now covers a total of 79 locations in the city and the library remains one of the great institutions of Chicago. It provides tourists and locals alike with an open place to gather and use the facilities, with access to all the buildings being free.

Many people enjoy visiting libraries, partly for the peace and tranquility they can enjoy and partly because of the many facilities which are freely available and can be used to educate or entertain. The Chicago Public Library is no exception in this respect and it has a vast collection of books and information covering many topics, such that most people should be able to find something of interest to them. It is a great place to visit and learn a little about Chicago itself and provides a vast array of information which can help you plan your trip to the city in more detail.


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The library also holds regular events in a number of its location and it is definitely worth checking the upcoming schedule if you intend to visit, as you may find something of interest that you can attend. Typical events can include music concerts, lectures, book readings, family days and also classes for learning a new skill.

The Chicago Public Library has been a part of the rich cultural history of the city for more than 100 years and will continue to be so in the future. If you intend to visit Chicago you should definitely plan a trip to the library whether it be for some quiet time or for more educational pursuits.

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Last updated by Ian Farquharson on 06 December, 2009 in Destinations.

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