Since moving to Chicago, I've been doing a lot more reading - mostly during my 40 minute commute. One thing I've come to love is my local library branch, the <a href="http://www.thelocaltourist.com/neighborhoods/far-north/business/sulzer-r... Regional Library</a> right on Lincoln Ave, not too far from the Western Brown Line stop. <a href="http://www.chipublib.org" target="_blank">The Chicago Library has a great website</a> where you can search their catalog online, have a book that you want placed on hold and sent to your closest branch and then they'll email you and you can pick up at your convenience. Sometimes it takes about a week for your book to get routed to your local branch, but you can place up to 5 holds at a time, so if you place a few, its usually just a few days before you can start reading. And you can return the books at any branch, not just your local branch. The whole system is very convenient!
There are a bunch of free events going on at Sulzer this summer: book clubs, kids events, trivia nights, etc. - <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/search/?keywords=Enter+keywords...&event... target="_blank">see a full list here on Sulzer's events page</a>.
And one more note - did you know you can check out museum passes from Chicago library branches? They'll get you (usually 2 adults and 2 kids, general admission) into tons of the great museums around the city including the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Art Institute and about a dozen more. Passes are able to be checked out for a week at a time and the system is on a first come basis.
Take advantage of all the great free stuff available through your local library branch!