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Create music, video, 2D and 3D design and more at YOUmedia Chicago, just for teens! Learn more and find locations near you.

Explore / Chicago's History
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Another Ferris Wheel Made in Chicago
By Sarah

Did you know the first Ferris wheel was built in Chicago?

If You Love / A Great Read
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Coming Soon

Browse lists of some of the hottest upcoming titles.

Explore / Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
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Performing Arts: Asian American Pacific…

The world of Asian performing arts is exceptional, ranging from classical stage productions in music and theater, to film screenings and st…

recommended by ChiPubLib_Culture

Prepare for / A Night at the Theater
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Snapshot of The Jungle by C-FAP, Oracle…
May 26th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Oracle Productions offers a behind-the-scenes look at bringing the hit play The Jungle to life.

Explore / World History
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Best New Military History Books

Find your next great read from among these outstanding recent works of military history, which cover a vast range of wartime experience.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Connect With / Your Kids
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Way into LEGOs
By Brandy

Get ready to build with inspiration from these great books and the Brick by Brick exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Learn to / Speak Another Language
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Mango Languages

Lessons in 60+ languages, including English.

Make / A Better You
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Books for Graduates

Graduating and heading out into the world? Here are some recent books to inspire you.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Get Help / Improving Your Health
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Biking for Kids
By Evelyn

Whether you're a new cyclist or an experienced rider, these books will inspire you to dust off your bike and get going.

If You Love / Shakespeare
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Must-See Shakespeare Movies

In honor of the Shakespeare 400 anniversary, we've selected some of the very best Shakespeare adaptations on DVD.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Make / A Delicious Meal
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Barbecue and Grilling Books

Smell the cookouts in the air? Check out these technique and recipe books for a smokin' summer.

Connect With / Your Library
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Join CPL Foundation Junior Board Society

Join the smart in-crowd and support critical Chicago Public Library programming.

If You Love / A Great Read
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May 2016 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. And visit our Books page for a link to previous recommendations.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Connect With / Your Library
Kids Museum Passport
Kids Museum Passports Unavailable May 22…

Kids Museum Passports will be unavailable for checkout from May 22 to May 31 as we transition to new passes.

Explore / Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
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Teen Titles Celebrating Asian American H…
By Molly

Diverse titles can be hard to find, so to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Molly recommends these books.

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