The Library, Come for the Books, Stay for the View!

Winter Garden 1

I must admit I haven’t been to the Harold Washington Library in a while.  This library is massive; I believe there are 9 floors to explore.  How lovely is this:  grab a book, head up to the 9th floor, and relax in the Winter Garden.  Look up, and this is what you shall see:

Winter Garden 3

Look around, and you see this:

Winter Garden 4

Oh, and if you are still gazing upon everything but your newly checked-out book, you will see this:

Winter Garden 2

Despite my California dreaming on such a winter’s day, being in this delightful space at the Harold Washington Library was a pleasant time, despite the lack of palm trees.  Wait, what is that hiding in the back??? 🙂

  38 comments for “The Library, Come for the Books, Stay for the View!

  1. February 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Such a gorgeous place!

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    • February 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      It is amazing, John! I’ve never seen a library with a place like this!! Cher xo

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  2. cadeauca
    February 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    What a stunning library!

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    • February 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      It really is an incredible place!! Cher xo


  3. February 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    That’s really nice. Certainly better than the Mandel Building. That was a mess… they moved the stacks there in the late 1970’s while they refurbished the old Central Library, then the movers and shakers decided to turn it into the Cultural Center, without a plan for where they would move the stacks. It was still up in the air when we moved to Atlanta in 1987.

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    • February 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      I love the Harold Washington Library. Every time I am at the Cultural Center I try to picture what it looked like when it was the library! Cher xo


      • February 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm

        I think they just flat out ran out of room for books at the Cultural Center. They would have needed to build a new library eventually anyway.

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      • February 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        That’s very true, John! Cher xo


  4. February 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Amazing photos!

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  5. February 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Great pictures:)

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    • February 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you my fellow Chicagoan! Have you been up there at the HWL? Cher xo


  6. February 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This looks like an amazing large library Cher and so nice, it is possible to go up and read there too 😀 Great photos.

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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Irene! Oh yes, it is quite a spectacular place! I love the fact they have the “Winter Garden” as the room is called. It’s very relaxing and has a lovely energy! Cher xo

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  7. February 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Oh, that’s a grand place. It puts me in mind of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Does it, Joseph? I’ve never been to the Metropolitan Museum! Cher xo


  8. February 28, 2016 at 5:32 am


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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      It’s a truly beautiful place, David! Cher xo


  9. February 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I want to move in there! Gorgeous and full of books – I’m in love! 😉
    Thanks for sharing this dream library, Cher, hope this weekend is being good to you. 🙂
    Big hugs xox

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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      I wouldn’t mind moving in there, too! Yes, a gorgeous library AND millions of books! *LOL* Thanks my dear Donna! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! Big hugs, Cher xo

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      • February 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

        Quite lovely so far, Cher, hope yours is as well. 🙂

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      • February 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        Great to hear my dear!! Oh yes thanks! A quiet and lovely weekend!! Cher xo


  10. Amy
    February 28, 2016 at 9:14 am

    What a beautiful library! Great shots. 🙂

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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Why thank you so much, Amy!! I am definitely going to head there and read for a few hours! Cher xo


  11. February 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    That is a lovely Library. The floors shine like glass!! I like the vastness of this place, 9 floors!!! That’s a LOT of books! How lucky we are to have such prestigious buildings to hold our books! I love books too!

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    • February 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      It’s quite a spectacular place, dear Quiche! I don’t know how they keep it looking so lovely, but they sure do a wonderful job at it! Ah yes, floors upon floors of books! What a dream that is!! Cher xo


  12. February 29, 2016 at 5:32 am

    awh, wow 🙂 i love libraries, shame i rarely read books! do they serve coffee?!
    Love ya, miss ya,

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Hi dearie!! Well you would love this library!! No coffee served, but they don’t mind if you ‘bring your own’!! Ah, bless you my dear!! Cher xo


      • March 15, 2016 at 6:54 am

        yes… that library is quite something… no need to read books, just a great space to be

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      • March 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

        It’s such a great library; books or not! *LOL* Cher xo


      • March 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

        lol 🙂 love you

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      • March 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        xo 🙂


  13. March 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Wonderful, and so apt as this week on the 3rd is World Book Day 🙂 Have a lovely week xxx


  14. March 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Wow what a lovely library!

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