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- While this is not the same as the old library turned cultural center, this property still boast architectural features that make you notice. The owls in the corner are fantastic touches to another great Chicago building.Written 23 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- What I absolutely "hate" about this place is the Starbucks monopoly and having to stand in line for overpriced average brew. Well, and then you go to the Hyatt and this "proudly brewed" stuff is the only choice you have. Oh well.Written 10 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful old building full of Chicago history with a great gift shop. And it’s FREE. They also offer a courses, and have exhibitions. You can search their collection online.Written 28 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A great place to get a tour of the city's architecture! We chose a cruise and loved it! Support this non-profit organization by taking a tour!Written 4 November 2022
- The Visitor Center is a bit of a work in progress. There are displays set up around the building, including a model of the town, photos, some Pullman Car items, and things like that. Maybe, in the future, once they get the large building refurbished, they can have a Pullman Car display. Just because it isn't all new and shiny, doesn't mean it's not interesting.Written 24 September 2020
- Features single exhibits rather than museum approach
Exhibit “Drawn To War” a comprehensive review of the career of famed WW 2 and later political cartoonist Bill Maudlin
Good displays in pleasant bright airy space overlooking Michigan Ave and Grant Park
In a stunning architectural gem, take time to check out lobby especially ceilingWritten 30 June 2021
- Had a great time seeing all the pics, hearing the music of, and viewing the exhibits of the gear/musical instruments/clothing/diaries, etc of the Stones. I grew up listening to them and it brought back some great memories. Seeing their stuff up close and personal was really cool. They had Keith's diary, lyrics notebooks from Mick, set lists, etc. We cool to see that they even have flair when their handwriting! Felt like I have a better understanding of their rootsWritten 1 August 2017
- if you are in the vicinity and have a moment please make sure you check this place out, always stuff going on, and fascinating structure to visit and admire the construction.Written 10 August 2017
- This building is spacious and very sunny (on a nice day), multiple large halls with big windows to let the light inWritten 7 September 2019
- This is home to the historic pumping station. Also acts as a small information centre and little library. Seems odd this survivor from the 1800'S amidst massive skyscrapers.Written 9 September 2018
- This particular location is very fun and the location is accessible to the Chicago River Branch as well. The Red Line CTA train is nearby. In addition, there are plenty of shopping markets to buy anything that you might need.Written 9 July 2018
- Allows dogs. A dog entered right in front of me. I don't trust dogs where food is (fleas, disease, dirty, etc.) On the thought that the lounge was big and I wouldn't see the dog again, I entered, and I was right.
The food bar included hot meatballs in tomato sauce (don't tell my nutrionist!) and the usual salad bar and cookies apples nanananas and bagged chips. I had to step back to allow for children grabbing bags of chips and spending long minutes at the soda fountain.
Luckily I was able to escape the children by having out in the alcohol bar area. I found a comfortable corner table. The barman served my complimentary chardonnay in a white wine glass; but,looked and moved like his pet dog had just died. On my request for a second chardonnay, he apparently felt sorry for me and filled a bigger, red wine glass with the chardonnay.
The club is clean, near, and tidy. The staff anxiously took away my paper plates and napkins and plastic fork as soon as I finished, and sometimes before. Ok.
Ok lounge. I don't have any real issues with it.Written 8 October 2022
- I recently signed up for French classes here. So far so good. I’m not disappointed. I am just confused by the class schedule- system-numbering... and this location doesn’t have its own parking but they validate parking tickets ( for $9)Written 4 February 2020
- Read/Write Library features one-of-a-kind self-published books and materials -- a kind of underground history of Chicago. Also worth checking on events and classes there.Written 12 November 2019
- We attended a large wedding here. The venue is large and inviting. Although it is industrial looking, it can be warmed up nicely. The food was superb. The feeling was chic but the focus remained clearly on the bride/groom and the attendees. A great way to start a life.Written 24 July 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago
- These are the best places for budget-friendly traveller resources in Chicago:
- Harold Washington Library Center
- Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center