Eight Weird And Wacky Facts About The Newberry Library
Feb16

Eight Weird And Wacky Facts About The Newberry Library

Books often hold mysteries and strange facts, but the library buildings holding them are generally less interesting. Not so with Chicago’s stately Newberry Library at 60 West Walton Street. The Newberry Library has some very interesting architectural elements, and wealthy benefactor Walter Newberry—who gave the library its name—well, let’s just say that his life ended in a manner worthy of a book. I learned these true tales of the...

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Slice of Life: Bughouse in the Fog
Apr12

Slice of Life: Bughouse in the Fog

A foggy early spring morning, looking at the Chicago skyline from the Gold Coast.  In the foreground you can see Bughouse Square, officially known as Washington Square Park (901 North Clark Street). Beyond the Merchandise Mart (222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza) the Loop’s skyscrapers fade into the bright...

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Slice of Life: Putting the Bugs Back in Bughouse Square

There’s nothing like a pastoral Sunday morning at Washington Square Park in the Gold Coast.  But before you get angry at the nutjob on the other end of the bench talking to invisible fairies, remember — the nutjobs were there first. The historical name for this oasis of life in front of the oasis of literature that is the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton Street is “Bughouse Square.”...

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