CPL – Austin-Irving Branch – 6100 W. Irving Park Rd
Hello fellow book friends! Today we’re checking out the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library. Opened on December 8, 2001, the 15,500 square foot building serves the residents of Portage Park. They seem to have a train theme, with a model railroad in the lobby and a larger display upstairs. (Anyone know the connection? Leave a comment!)
It’s a nice, clean branch with a large reading room upstairs. Personally I would tuck into a book in the little peaceful alcove where there are only a handful of desks.
The branch also includes art funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance, administered by the Chicago Public Art Program. This currently includes tile murals by Jason Messinger and paintings by Gail Simpson Wolf.
Portage Park residents, take advantage of this great space!