Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best Chicago library?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best Chicago library?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is the best Chicago library?

“I have to go with the Harold Washington Library. A great space to wander, think, and dream. I’m also a sucker for those gargoyles.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Arlington Heights Memorial Library.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“If you ever want to study African American history, go to the second floor of the Carter G. Woodson regional library. 95th & Halsted on the south side, I grew up there, special place.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“I love the Newberry for the genealogy research floor. I found all sorts of intriguing information there that led me to a coroner’s inquest and my grandmother’s missing brother.” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“I love, love love all libraries, but the Palatine Public Library is pretty darn great!” — Judy Marcus, Opinionated Woman

“I like Sulzberger, too. They have a great collection of CDs in all genres.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“It’s not in the city, but I love my Barrington Area Library. I get music, movies and books every week.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Harold Washington Library, hands down! It’s got everything! You can spend an entire day there and not be bored no matter what age you are. However… I also love Sulzer Regional Library for its traditional feel. And shout out to all the neighborhood libraries for all they do! Each one of them is so important!” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

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