Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

MF Dome

Renee Rosen has written an interesting biographical novel: What the Lady Wants. Through the eyes of socialite Delia Caton, Marshall Field and his social set come alive. Though twenty years separate their ages, Delia and Marshall turn to each other for relief from their unhappy marriages and scandalize Chicago society. But as much as this is […]

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Seasons of the Street: The Softer Side of Chicago Exhibit at HWLC

by B. Lee Reid

Harold Washington Library Center hosts an art exhibit in celebration of African American History Month featuring the work of artist B. Lee Reid. Reid’s rainbow-hued photos of Chicago scenes will be on display from February 1 through February 29 on the 3rd floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. Artist Statement This photographic exhibit is meant […]

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Historical Chicago Newspapers

Newsboy sells newspapers in this historic photo

How's your Chicago History Fair project going? Did you know that the Chicago Public Library has lots of historical Chicago newspapers on microfilm? Some of them go way back, to 1833. That's the Chicago Democrat, the first Chicago newspaper. Back in the 1800's and 1900's, Chicago had more than just two or three newspapers. For […]

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 with CPL

William Shakespeare portrait

Friends, readers, countrymen, lend us your ears! 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and all of Chicago is coming together to honor the famous playwright who gave us the romance of Romeo and Juliet, the drama of Macbeth and the soul-searching of Hamlet through Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong international arts festival celebrating the […]

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Chicago’s State Street Holiday Parade

Holiday Parade

This year marked the 82nd year of the holiday parade on Chicago’s State Street, which for many of us is the highpoint of the holiday season in Chicago. The holiday parade is no longer called Chicago State Street Parade, but the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. The event began as a caravan on December 7, 1934. Mayor […]

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Alice on the Stage

Alice in Wonderland program cover

Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy story Alice in Wonderland has delighted children for 150 years. Alice is loved not only on paper, but also on the stage. In 1898, Burton Harrison brought Alice in Wonderland to life in three acts at the request of "kind ladies" caring for ailing children at a London hospital. By the […]

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Chicago YA Authors

Teen Public Library Space

Chicago is home to many great things, not the least of which is the population of great young adult authors based here. If you're looking for your next great read and want to try someone local, here is a sampling of authors who might just be your neighbor. Laura Ruby has written many great books for […]

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From Coast to Coast: Chicago Authors Stuart Dybek and Thomas Dyja

Thomas Dyja and Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek and Thomas Dyja are both award-winning Chicago-born authors. Works by both men have been chosen for the great honor of being a One Book, One Chicago title: We read Dybek's The Coast of Chicago in 2004 and we are currently reading Dyja's The Third Coast.  We’re grateful for their participation in this year’s Carl Sandburg Literary […]

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Chicago Noir 2: The 1970s

Hancock 2

Michael Raleigh, author of the Paul Whelan mysteries, has written what will hopefully be the start of a new series set in 1970s Chicago. Peerless Detective follows Billy Fox, a vet from small-town Michigan, to Chicago in search of an old girlfriend. In a series of events, he ends up apprenticing in a detective firm, […]

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Mark Chicago Artists Month with Tours, Exhibits, Events

2nd floor gallery. Ed Paschke, Spring. Oil on linen, 1990.
Source: Ed Paschke Art Center.

In celebration of Chicago Artists Month, we're giving art tours and hosting exhibits at Harold Washington Library Center, and holding art events throughout the city. Tours Art Tours of the Harold Washington Library Center on October 13 and October 27 feature the public art collections throughout the library. The tours will include the 2nd floor gallery […]

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