The Harold Washington Library Center, one of Chicago’s many public libraries, was designed by Hammond, Beeby and Babka and opened in 1991. This building encompasses all that is unique to Chicago architecture within a single structure. Combining the grid patterns of the early Chicago skyscrapers, the neoclassical details of the great white structures of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and references to Daniel Burnham's grand plan, the library is a lesson in Chicago architecture. The Harold Washington Library houses approximately two million books and includes the world's largest children's library, a public restaurant and a winter garden.
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605