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MANSUETO LIBRARY TOUR
One more all-access must-see? The University of Chicago’s new Helmut Jahn–designed Mansueto Library, home to the world’s first fully subterranean automated book-retrieval system, located 50 feet underground (insert your own joke about U. of C. students and bat caves here). The descent comes as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Hyde Park Day, and tickets are limited—as in call now.
10/16, 23 Consider it a soft reboot before CHF really gets humming in November: Two days of technology-themed programs bookend the city at Chicago’s premier research institutions. On 10/16, Northwestern hosts chats with the likes of William Gibson, coiner of the term “cyberspace” ($10), while one week later in Hyde Park, visitors can tour the U of C’s new Helmut Jahn–designed Mansueto Library, home to the world’s first automated book-retrieval system located wholly underground ($15). Details: chicagohumanities.org.
Photograph: John Pitcher/University of Chicago Library