As a VENUE: Host your event…

The Harold Washington Library Center is the ideal setting for your event.* Weddings * Corporate meetings * Gala receptions * Music or dance performances – whatever the event, we have the perfect space for you. Nine distinctive spaces are available:

  • Winter Garden: The Winter Garden is the architectural centerpiece of the Harold Washington Library Center. Located on the 9th floor, this elegant and spacious atrium features a terrazzo and marble floor, and a 52-foot glass-paneled dome spanning the entire room. The Winter Garden is the perfect setting for a *wedding reception *corporate event * fundraiser * gala dinner * silent auction, or * fashion show.
    • Capacity: Seated Dinner – 400 guests; Theater Style – 500 guests
  • South Hall: This bright and airy room on the 9th floor features floor-to-ceiling windows and makes a wonderful setting for a reception * luncheon, or * corporate event. The South Hall is primarily available only with rental of the Winter Garden or Cindy Pritzker Auditorium provided the maximum capacity does not exceed 200.
    • Capacity: Seated, Reception or Theater Style – 200 guests
  • Grand Lobby: The Grand Lobby on the ground floor is an ideal setting for an * elegant reception. Available after library hours for stand-up receptions, the Grand Lobby features marble floors and an intricately designed ceiling. A colorful mosaic by artist Jacob Lawrence and a view of the Houston Conwill cosmogram on the lower level round out this grand setting.
    • Capacity: Reception – 400 guests
  • Reception Hall: Located across from the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on the lower level, the Reception Hall is suited for * VIP receptions. This intimate space features brightly painted floating walls, high ceilings with track lighting and hardwood floors. It is available on a limited basis.
    • Capacity: Reception – 170 guests
  • Cindy Pritzker Auditorium: Located on the lower level, the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is the perfect backdrop for a * dance or music performance *  literary program, or * corporate meeting. Paneled in African mahogany and featuring a 30 feet-by-30 feet stage plus additional wing space, the theater provides superb sight lines, excellent sound reinforcement and theatrical lighting. Available with the auditorium rental are two dressing rooms and a Green Room, which feature an intercom system connected to the tech booth. Additional offerings include a Steinway concert grand piano, a podium with microphone, general wash lighting, screen, projection, WiFi and additional lighting instruments. The client must provide all technical staff required to produce a program including, but not limited to, sound, lighting, stage manager and stage crew. Additional fees may apply for services and/or equipment.
    • Capacity: Theater Style – 385 guests
  • Video Theater: Adjacent to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on the lower level, the Video Theater provides an intimate location for a a * corporate meeting * forum, or * lecture. The client must provide all necessary equipment required for the event.
    • Capacity: Theater Style – 63 guests
  • Complex Lobby: Located on the lower level, the Complex Lobby, with marble and white mosaic walls, is the guest registration area for Cindy Pritzker Auditorium events and is included with rental of the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
    • Capacity: Guest registration only
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms A&B: Steps away from the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium and Video Theater on the lower level, the Multi-Purpose Rooms accommodate up to 200 people theater style and are perfect for lectures, weekday * luncheons * conferences, and * meetings. The Multi-Purpose Rooms are the ideal venue to use in conjunction with the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium and Video Theater. The rooms include a drop-down screen, WiFi, and a podium and microphone. Additional fees may apply for services and/or equipment.
    • Capacity: Room A: Seated or Theater Style – 50 guests; Room B: Seated or Theater Style – 80 guests; Rooms A&B: Seated – 120 guests; Theater Style – 200 guests 
  • Meeting Rooms: Meeting rooms can accommodate * small meetings and are available only during Library hours. Food and beverages are not allowed and no equipment is provided.
    • Capacity: Small Meeting Rooms (3rd and 7th floors) Seated – 25 guests; Large Meeting Room (8th floor) Seated – 40 guests; Chicago Authors Room (7th floor limited availability for rental) Seated – 55 guests

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We know you love your library. And now, you can show it!

Our Chicago Public Library Store features merchandise with our CPL logo, owl mascot, and signature programs. Check back often as we rotate merchandise seasonally. What makes this store especially great is that with every purchase, you’re supporting Chicago Public Library. A portion of every sale will go to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, our philanthropic partner supporting signature programs like the Summer Learning Challenge, Teacher in the Library, One Book, One Chicago, and digital literacy and workforce development.

Online shopping features merchandise catalogued into the following categories: * MEN’S * WOMEN’S * KIDS * HOME * ACCESSORIES * COLLECTIONS, and * GIFT CARDS.

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The Chicago Public Library Foundation accelerates the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities.


You Make More Possible. Donor-powered Library programs and resources make a real difference across our city, expanding access to information, resources, and lifelong learning opportunities for Chicagoans of all ages and stages of life. The Chicago Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization: EIN 36-3480353.

  • Donations at specified amounts are designated and you may customize your gifts. * Memorial * Tribute, and * Matching gifts are welcomed. * Recurring Donations are encouraged. And you may identify and underwrite efforts of your choice: * Where Need is the Greatest.
  • Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing giving method and tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time. You can direct a gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation directly from your donor advised fund. If you are a client of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon, you can easily make a designation through the DAF Direct window.
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