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From: Bonnie <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 11:21:48 -0500
Info on the Newberry Library. I was there (again) on Friday.
They are at: 60 W. Walton Street.
DIrections for a non-Chicagoan: get to Water Tower
Place (mall on Michigan Avenue). Walk North on Michigan Avenue
to Walton St. (3-4 short blocks). Turn left, go about 3- 4 blocks west.
School is across the street, and the Scottish Rite church is kitty corner.
A city park is directly across the street. It is a fine, safe neighborhood
walking. From Water Tower it will take about 10 minutes to walk it; it
much farther than it is. Parking is nasty around there. I believe their
site (www.newberry.org) probably has nearby parking lots listed. I've
always taken the bus and walked! Leave the car at the hotel. Even if
you cab-it, it will be cheaper than parking.
The hours areTues thru Thurs 10-6 Fri & Sat 9-5.
They are NOTopen Sunday or MONDAY.
On your first visit, you will have to get a readers card...fill out form
and pay $5 for a year.
They are very fussy about briefcases and coats.
There are coin-op lockers available. I do take my laptop in
without problem (though I also take my leash/lock..I've never
had a problem, but this IS the big city).
Photocopying is a pain, and expensive. You cannot make
the copies yourself...it's fill out a request, and they do it. You must
2 hours, and then pick them up in the gift shop downstairs. They're
expensive, too...something like $1.00 setup and $.25 per page.
I recommend looking at their on-line catalog before you go, so
you don't spend valuable research time in the catalog. I understand
much of their collection is not in the on-line catalog, but I've found
so much IS in the catalog that I haven't run out of material yet! Very
little is on the shelves; you'll fill out request forms and college
will bring the materials to your assigned seat.
You will find everything within a mile or two of the Newberry. The
Ritz Carlton is one of the top hotels in the world ($$$$), the Drake is
wonderful ( very expensive too), there's a Marriott Courtyard, several
Holiday Inns, a huge Sheraton etc. www.Chicago.il.org is the official city
web site...you'll be close as long as you stay in the section they call
"North Michigan Avenue". Maybe some of the other out-of-towners on
this list will be better at recommending hotels...I just sleep in my own
Lots of weekend packages this time of year!
Have a great time in the library and in Chicago! We love having
tourists come to town and spend their nasty green money with us!