Winter Garden at the Harold Washington Library

Since this is a blog about third places, it’s only fair we sometimes talk about libraries, bookstores, bars, and other hangouts that aren’t necessarily coffee houses, despite the blog’s name.   

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One of the best third places you could hope for would have to be welcoming, free, with lots of seating options, natural light, strong wi-fi, and pleasant to be in.

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Well, you’ll be hard-pressed to find this wonderful combination anywhere other than in the Harold Washington Library Center’s Winter Garden on the ninth floor.

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Warm in the winter and fresh in the summer, it’s an indoor garden open to the public year-round. Sometimes they close it for a private event. In that case, you can use one of their private study rooms.

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They allow covered drinks, and no reservations are required. Come in and grab a table.

Main Library: chipublib.org
Harold Washington Location

400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605

M-Th 9 am – 9 pm
F-Sat 9 am – 5 pm
Sun 1 pm – 5 pm

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