About Merlo Branch

Neighborhoods Served

  • Lakeview
  • Boystown
  • Wrigleyville


  • The former Lake View Branch opened September 14, 1942 at its current location.
  • The branch was rededicated December 8, 1988, after undergoing a major renovation.
  • In June 1993, the branch was renamed for John M. Merlo, a local community leader and longtime Chicago politician.
  • The two-story building was designed by City Architect Paul Gerhardt.
  • Sculptor Abbott Pattison designed the frieze above the front entrance.


  • Merlo Branch features artwork funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program:
    • a painting by Martyl
    • a fiber work by Louise Papageorge
    • drawings by Michael Ryan