Newberry Library

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60 W Walton St (at At Dearborn Pkwy)
Chicago, IL 60610

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(312) 943-9090
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Inside, of course, there are rare books and maps and exhibits, which are worth the trip. There are also events held here--I strongly suggest attending one because the content is ...

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Imposing on the outside, creamy on the inside 5/19/2006

Inside, of course, there are rare books and maps and exhibits, which are worth the trip. There are also events held here--I strongly suggest attending one because the content is superb (whether lecture or string quartet) and the southeast room (don't remember the name) that many are held in is sumptuous. The book/gift store is small but jam-packed with books, stationery, book-related gadgets....really too many things to count. You need at least a 1/2 hour, if not hour, in this store. And make sure it's a payday. more

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Scholar's library 1/13/2006

Newberry library sits just west of the glitzy mag mile facing a city park that locals know as bughouse square, where free thinkers used to give extemporaneous speeches back in the 30's. It is a really impressive looking building that always had a special aura to me. It was a mysterious place to me for many years. I knew that it was a library with a lot of famous old manuscripts, but I thought it was just for scholars and researchers, which is actually mostly true. I finally got inside when I was invited to a memorial service being held here. I found that it had actually been bequeathed to the city by Walter Newberry. They hold lectures and seminars here. The mystery was solved. more
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Editorial
  • In Short
    Most people need several hours--or longer--just to scratch the surface of the Newberry Library's vast collection, a well-known magnet for genealogists. Green-shaded lamps, warm...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch
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  • Hours: Reading room Tues-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 9am-5pm. Exhibit gallery Mon, Fri, and Sat 8:15am-5:30pm; Tues-Thurs 8:15am-7:30pm
  • Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
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