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The Written Word

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Reading is an integral part of our society and has been for generations. Thanks to authors, libraries, literary foundations, and even technology companies, we will be able to pass along amazing literature to future generations.

From the Great Chicago Fire to the Prohibition, Chicago is a city with a vibrant history. Chicago embraces this, and you can see that in the pages of the books.


Featured Book

We recommend checking out "Chicago: A Biography." The author, a Chicagoland native, Dominic Pacyga paints a vibrant picture of the people who shaped Chicago and helped turn it into the bustling metropolis it is today. From steelyard workers to politicians to gangsters, this book is filled with people who are truly one of a kind.



We know how important it is to be able to find a library whenever the mood strikes you. We've put together a map to make it easier for you to find a library.


Printer's Row Lit Fest

Every year the Printer's Row Lit Fest, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and C-SPAN Book TV takes place in June. The Printer's Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 and is features over 200 booksellers, and attracts more than 125,000 visitors. Admission to the Lit Fest is free to the public, and only events at the Harold Washington Library Center require tickets.

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