Harold Washington Library Center

Harold Washington Library Center

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


The Harold Washington Library Center is the ideal setting for your Chicago area event. Weddings, corporate meetings, gala receptions, music or dance performances—whatever the event, we have the perfect space for you.

via Harold Washington Library Center

Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 500 guests
Winter Garden
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.
  • 400 Banquet Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
South Hall
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.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
Grand Lobby
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.
  • 400 Banquet Style
Reception Hall
Located across from the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on the lower level, the Reception Hall is suited for VIP receptions. This intimate space features brightly painted floating walls, high ceilings with track lighting and hardwood floors. It is available on a limited basis.
  • 170 Banquet Style
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Located on the lower level, the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is the perfect backdrop for a dance or music performance, literary program or corporate meeting. Paneled in African mahogany and featuring a 30 feet-by-30 feet stage plus additional wing space, the theater provides superb sight lines, excellent sound reinforcement and theatrical lighting. Available with the auditorium rental are two dressing rooms and a Green Room, which feature an intercom system connected to the tech booth. Additional offerings include a Steinway concert grand piano, a podium with microphone, general wash lighting, screen, projection, WiFi and additional lighting instruments. The client must provide all technical staff required to produce a program including, but not limited to, sound, lighting, stage manager and stage crew. Additional fees may apply for services and/or equipment.
  • 371 Theatre Style
Video Theater
Adjacent to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on the lower level, the Video Theater provides an intimate location for a corporate meeting, forum or lecture. The client must provide all necessary equipment required for the event.
  • 63 Theatre Style
Complex Lobby
Located on the lower level, the Complex Lobby, with marble and white mosaic walls, is the guest registration area for Cindy Pritzker Auditorium events and is included with rental of the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.
Multi-Purpose Rooms A&B
Steps away from the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium and Video Theater on the lower level, the Multi-Purpose Rooms accommodate up to 200 people theater style and are perfect for lectures, weekday luncheons, conferences and meetings. The Multi-Purpose Rooms are the ideal venue to use in conjunction with the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium and Video Theater. The rooms include a drop-down screen, WiFi, and a podium and microphone. Additional fees may apply for services and/or equipment.
  • 120 Classroom Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
Meeting Rooms
Meeting rooms can accommodate small meetings and are available only during Library hours. Food and beverages are not allowed and no equipment is provided.
  • 55 Classroom Style

Venue Location + Transportation


400 S. State Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60605