The Winter Garden at the top of the Harold Washington Library in Chicago isn’t quite the tourist trap that it should be, but like all tourist sites, the thought of photographing it with anything resembling originality is… daunting. But I like these shots, regardless of how many times others may have done something very similar.
I’m not sure what use was originally intended for the Winter Garden space. For a while, the space was occupied by a restaurant. As I recall, it was a buffet style operation, and I suspect the food was prepared off-site. That enterprise didn’t last too long. Since then, it has mostly served as an open study area, and it is available for special event rentals. I recall looking into it for an event that I was planning, but the cost was outside the available budget.