Free art tour Harold Washington Library.
The Art Tour focuses on the impressive collection of original artwork on display throughout the building. Unfortunately the Library has discontinued these tours. There is a checklist of the art in the building, organized by floor, available in the lobby. All the art is labeled so at least you know what it is.
When: Self-guided tours
The second Tuesday of every month. 1:00PM – 2;30PM. (Subject to cancellation or no tour on holidays. Always call or check website).
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Grand Lobby Ground Level,312-747-4300.
The tour is free. Registration required. To register, call (312) 747-4800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ups will be accepted if space remains. Tours are limited to 15 people.
About the collection
- The collection includes works of art by over 50 artists known both locally and internationally known.
- The collection contains works in almost every artistic medium and style.
- Many works recognize major art movements associated with Chicago and reflect the major art movements.
- May works address important architectural spaces in the building.
- Works from the collection are installed on every floor of the building.
- The collection memorializes the late Harold Washington.
- The collection celebrates Chicago’s rich cultural diversity.
- The City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection at the Harold Washington Library Center was funded through the City’s Percent-for-Art Program. The Percent-for-Art program allocates 1.33% of all public building project costs to the procurement of art.
- It is the single largest public art project in the City of Chicago’s history to date.