Hanging out in the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries can be addictive. The open shelves are loaded with luxe art books, the magazines stacked in dizzying profusion and delectable diversity, there's the soothing décor and the hush… not the "hush!" of a cartoon librarian, but the natural quiet of a library. It's a refuge from the cacophony of the outside world, and if you need to look that word up, there's a handy dictionary nearby.
It's one of the treasures of the museum. Books in the Burnham Library, papers and photos in the Ryerson Archives; it's enough to make your mouth water. And more and more of it is available online: you can browse the Digital Collections here.
The libraries are also a favorite hangout for some of the most committed bibliophiles (booklovers) in town. The Friends of the Ryerson & Burnham offers special programs on rare books, photographs and ephemera from the archives, author talks and conservation topics. Check the Member Magazine for upcoming programs, or get between the covers by joining Friends here.
11 hours 2 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
15 hours 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.