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Harold Washington Library


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.

Winter Garden

400 seated

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.

South Hall

200 seated

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.

Grand Lobby

400 reception-style

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.


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