Chicago Public Library
The Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library is at 400 S. State St. Its Municipal Reference Collection has holdings on Chicago's government and communities. Its Special Collections Department has holdings on both the 1893 and 1933 world's fairs, Chicago neighborhood histories, and more.
Libraries & Archives
Researchers may wish to consult these other libraries and archives as well.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Holdings for Cook County and the City of Chicago are at Northeastern Illinois University's Ronald Williams Library. These collections aren't in the library's catalog, so researchers need to search the Local Government Records Database.
The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection
At the Woodson Regional Library of CPL. Strong focus on African American history in Illinois. The collection includes original manuscripts of Richard Wright and the papers of Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender.
Northside Neighborhood History Collection
At the Sulzer Regional Library of CPL. Focusing on North Side neighborhoods, this collection includes the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection as well as other neighborhood histories.