Monthly Archives: July 2015

Annual Newberry Book Fair

The 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair

The 2015 Newberry Book Fair runs Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26.

Thursday, July 23, 2015  Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Fair Hours:

Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

The Newberry is thrilled to bring back the popularBook Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $2 or under. In addition to your favorite pulp and prestige fiction, this year’s sale features books autographed by Ansel Adams, Herbert Hoover, and Carl Sandburg; some 200 45-rpm Northern Soul recordings; collectible currency (Latin American, European); and an impressive selection of modern Russian literature—in Russian.

Admission is free, and all proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry. Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated. Learn more about donating books throughout the year at Book Fair Donations or call the Book Fair Hotline at (312) 255-3501. And don’t forget to keep up-to-date with “Uncle Blogsy,” otherwise known as Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager, on the Book Fair Blog.

If you are coming to Book Fair on Saturday, July 25, don’t miss the Bughouse Square Debates, the Newberry’s annual free speech event. All opinionated onlookers and good-natured hecklers welcome. The Bughouse Square Debates will take place from noon to 4 pm in Washington Square Park, across Walton Street from the Newberry.


Panel discussion: The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago?

The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago?

Chicago Design Museum

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

Please join us on July 14th for a panel discussion where four design practitioners will respond to the current exhibition “The State of Detroit” and suggest ways that it might stimulate activities in Chicago to improve urban life.


In 2014, a one-day conference on the Citizen’s Plan for Chicago was held at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries with the goal of bringing together the best practices that cities have employed around the world to improve life for their residents.

Over 100 community activists, artists, and designers who sought to identify low-cost strategies for tackling issues of homelessness, housing, waste, transport, crime, education, food, energy, and urban design at community and grass-roots levels attended. The project has been dormant for over a year but it is time to revive and breathe new life into these conversations.


Victor Margolin

Professor emeritus of design history at the University of Illinois at Chicago


Drea Howenstein

Professor at the School of the Art Institute and community design activist

John Edel

Founder and director of The Plant, a project to bring together different sustainable enterprises within a system of mutual support

John Paul Kusz

Consultant on sustainable design and business practices

Peter Landon

Architect with an interest in low-income housing and SRO’s.

Have questions about The Good City: What Can We Do For Chicago??Contact Chicago Design Museum