Newberry Library

If you're a bookworm, here's an event you won't want to miss: the 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26. Forget e-readers and rediscover the joy of leafing through more than 120,000 books at Chicago's biggest book fair. Best of all, it's hosted at the Newberry Library, a world-renowned independent research library that is home to a collection spanning six centuries.

Since 1887, the Newberry has served as a showcase of the written word on the Gold Coast of Chicago. Its collection features everything from illuminated medieval manuscripts to rare early maps. Many come to the Newberry to explore the rich genealogical resources. The library also features special exhibitions, theatrical performances, lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as teacher programs.

Newberry Book Fair

At the annual Newberry Book Fair, expect to find hundreds upon hundreds of books, in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language texts. Half of the fun is just digging through the books and discovering your next favorite tome. With most books priced at only two dollars, you won't go broke as you amass a grand collection of summer reads. You'll also find a wide selection of music, movies, sports memorabilia and more. Plus all the proceeds benefit the library.

Arrive early, so you're sure to catch the best books in the bunch. And try to attend the Book Fair on Saturday, July 25, when you can step across the library onto Washington Square Park for the Bughouse Square Debates, a Chicago free-speech bonanza. If you're feeling inspired, you too can participate in the debates or just heckle the speakers, while also enjoying live music and food trucks.


Noon - 8 p.m., Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26

Bughouse Square Debates: Saturday, July 25, noon - 4 p.m.


Photos: Book stacks by in_rainbows69 via flickr