Did Someone Say G-g-g-ghosts!?

Source: danxoneil, "Eternal Silence," Flickr

Have you ever wondered what really lies beneath the home plate at Wrigley Field? Chicago's history is full of scary stories, terrible fires and hard times. If you're fascinated by the unknown, venture out and explore Chicago's haunted sites. To start, you could stop by Graceland cemetery. Take a photograph or draw a picture of Lorado Taft's sculpture, Eternal […]

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National Week of Making: June 17-23


Celebrate making with us during National Week of Making, June 17-23! The Maker Lab is featuring special guest workshops presented by Pumping Station: One, the Chicago Innovation Exchange and the Chicago Mosaic School. We'll also debut our first Dig Deeper class for those looking to learn more about advanced techniques in 3D printing. Plus, we always offer Open […]

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Beer Chicago Exhibit Taps into Windy City’s Beer, Tavern, Brewery History

Beer Chicago - web

The exhibit Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History opens June 6 in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th floor of Harold Washington Library Center, tapping into Chicago’s cultural and historical connections to what is arguably the Windy City’s favorite beverage. Beer has always been a part of Chicago’s history. German immigrants established Chicago’s first brewery in […]

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Springtime in the Chicago Wilderness

Goslings at Wolf Lake, Chicago. Source: Leslie

Chicago has a surprising amount of wilderness for a big city. Our yards and alleyways come alive in Hunting for Frogs on Elston, and Other Tales From Field and Street, a collection of Jerry Sullivan's columns from the Chicago Reader. He discusses wild animals, plants and their habitats with love, sympathy and humor. For example, you […]

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Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

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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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