It’s no secret that my little crew loves exploring, and I am proud to say that libraries are one of their favorite places to visit. In fact, we made it our little mission to explore as many as we could. Here are a few fun libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Libraries in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Why you should visit: Seriously, a library with a slide? This, along with other too-cool features such as a lite bright wall, floor blocks, and a small LEGO room, makes this one of our other favorite places in the NW ‘burbs.
Crystal Lake Public Library
126 W. Paddock Street, Crystal Lake
Why you should visit: The whole basement is dedicated to kids! The play area has a train table, velcro wall, computers, board games, giant Connect 4, doll house, blocks, puzzles, a DIY craft area. Plenty to keep the kids busy!
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Why you should visit: The kids area is transformed into a whimsical Enchanted Forest with your favorite storybook characters. Such a cute area and perfect for cozying up and reading a story.
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
600 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights
Why you should visit: Simply one of the best libraries around! My kids always gravitate to the wooden block section.
Elk Grove Village Library
1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Why you should visit: A pretty large children’s area with plenty of toys that encourage imaginative play, plus a nice selection of dinosaur figures.
Gail Borden Library
270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin
Why you should visit: A really awesome play structure, plus great views of the Fox River and the train chugging by.
Algonquin Area Library
2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
Why you should visit: The library renovated their entire children’s department in 2018 and it’s back and better than ever. They now have a dedicated children’s play area with a light wall, plenty of toys to keep the kids occupied, and seating for parents/caregivers.
Wauconda Area Public Library
801 N Main Street, Wauconda
Why you should visit: They completely renovated their children’s area, Kid City, and quite honestly, this area can be mistaken for a children’s museum. It rocks! Read more about the Wauconda Area Public Library here.
What is your favorite library?