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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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E.g., 06/24/2022
E.g., 06/24/2022
Friday, February 25, 2022Saturday, June 25, 2022
Crossings invites you to take four historic routes across the United States. Maps, guidebooks, travelogues, postcards, and more from the Newberry’s collection recreate travelers’ experiences along the northern and southern borders of the US, across the continent's interior, and up and down the Mississippi River.
Friday, June 3, 2022Friday, September 16, 2022
The Pullman Company maids have long been overshadowed by the more well-known Pullman porters. Handmaidens for Travelers, on view in the Newberry galleries June 3 through September 16, is helping to tell their stories.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
A Performance in Bughouse Square by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
In-person event - no registration required
Adapted by Jeff Christian, 50-Minute Hamlet presents Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Meet the Author: Miriam Thaggert and Mia Bay
In-person event - register now
Drawing upon her rigorous research within the Newberry Library’s Pullman Company Archives, Miriam Thaggert, in conversation with Mia Bay, details the pleasures and perils of Black women train travelers with a focus on the unique experiences of the Pullman Company maid.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022Friday, August 12, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
As part of his 100 Novels Project, performance artist Tim Youd will retype Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm in the Newberry vestibule from July 26 to August 12.
Friday, July 29, 2022Sunday, July 31, 2022
Chicago’s most popular used-book sale is back! Browse through thousands of books in dozens of genres, including fiction, philosophy, history, art, cooking, children’s literature, and much, much more. With many items priced at $3 or less, you can stock up on new reads and expand your own personal library on the cheap. Admission is free.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
Coinciding with the 2022 Newberry Book Fair, this free event in Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) celebrates the power of storytelling and its role in shaping our city. The festivities will also include the presentation of the Newberry’s first annual Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
Celebrate the history of Chicago’s oldest public park with an afternoon of music, storytelling, games, food, and more.