The Newberry Library is located in the “Near North” neighborhood of Chicago. Just north of the Loop (Chicago’s downtown business district), south of Lincoln Park, and a quarter-mile east of Lake Michigan, this neighborhood is within walking distance of many of Chicago’s best-known attractions.  The Newberry is just west of the historic lakefront neighborhood known as the “Gold Coast,” which as the name implies is home to many upscale restaurants and stores as well as blocks of beautiful homes. Many, like the Newberry Library, date from the end of the nineteenth century. The famed Hancock Building, the Chicago Water Tower (home of Lookingglass Theatre),  the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Driehaus Museum, and Oak Street Beach are within blocks of the Newberry. Due north is Lincoln Park, home of the Chicago History Museum and Chicago’s free Lincoln Park Zoo.  Below is a list of resources to help you navigate and enjoy the area:


Map of local restaurants 

List of Neighborhood Lunch Restaurants

Grocery Stores:

Potash Market: 875 N State St

Trader Joe’s: 44 E Ontario St

Jewel-Osco: 102 W. Division

Whole Foods Market: 30 W. Huron

Drug Stores:

Walgreens: 933 N State St

CVS: 1165 N Clark St

Picnic and Recreation Spots:

Washington Square Park (in front of the Newberry Library)

Oak Street Beach (Located directly east of library)

Lincoln Park (north of the library)

The lakefront trail, which spans 19 miles of Chicago’s lakefront, is four blocks from the Newberry Library. The path is a favorite place for cyclists, runners, and pedestrians of all kinds.


Big Shoulders Coffee, 858 N State St, 312-631-3970

Whispers Coffee and Tea, 1031 N State St

Third Coast, 1260 N. Dearborn, 312-649-0730

Corner Bakery, 676 N St. Clair St., 312-266-2570

La Colombe Coffee, 4 E Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

Argo Tea Café, 819 N. Rush, 312-951-5302

Starbucks (many area locations, the closest at 39 W. Division, 312-951-6992)

Watering Holes: Chicago Reader Neighborhood Bar Guide