CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Jul 23

Beachfront Libraries are the Best Idea…Ever.

Via Huffington Post Books:

"Beachfront libraries are an ingenious addition to shorelines around the world. Forget your book? Go grab a replacement. Finished your latest read? No worries, many choices await you."

Jul 16

Happy 10th Birthday, Millennium Park!

Industrial wasteland turned cultural gem, let’s geek out today looking at before, during, and after photos of building Millennium Park. 

Before: 

A railway, parking lots, and sparse greens in the space where Millennium Park is now (looking east). 

After: 

 

Looking west and slightly south, Millennium Park in all its glory. 

Grab yourself a slice of birthday cake and look through more photos in our digital archives: shar.es/NkP4S

Jul 15

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Jun 19

Elephant Breaks Into Dearborn Street Restaurant; eats 12 pies. 
And who could blame him?! Who doesn’t LOVE pie. 
For #TBT, enjoy this article from the June 16, 1908 Chicago Examiner, courtesy of our Special Collections & Preservation Division. 
The full Examiner can be accessed here: http://digital.chipublib.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/examiner/id/10146/rec/1

Elephant Breaks Into Dearborn Street Restaurant; eats 12 pies. 

And who could blame him?! Who doesn’t LOVE pie. 

For #TBT, enjoy this article from the June 16, 1908 Chicago Examiner, courtesy of our Special Collections & Preservation Division. 

The full Examiner can be accessed here: http://digital.chipublib.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/examiner/id/10146/rec/1

Jun 11

Novel Couture

 

The “Build Her a Myth” exhibit — dresses inspired by Romance novels — is on display right now at Harold Washington Library:  . 

But upon further inspection: 

These dresses aren’t just inspired by harlequin heroines, but are actually constructed from the pages of romance novels. 

Carrie Ann Schumacher's creations will be on display at Harold Washington Library Center on the 8th floor through July 18th.