College classes are back in session soon, which means there will be students clogging up the campus libraries. Are there places I can study that are relatively student-free?—Matt S., DePaul University
Caffe Streets If Facebook is a constant temptation, head to this sleek Wicker Park café. Zero Wi-Fi, strong cups of coffee and the chill ambience will let you get some reading done. 1750 W Division St (773-278-2739). Mon–Sat 6am–10pm, Sun 7am–7pm.
Coleman Library You’d think this Chicago Public Library’s close proximity to the U. of C. campus would make it a hive of student activity. But what makes Coleman the perfect spot to finish those chem problem sets is that students often don’t like crossing the Midway into what’s considered a rougher part of Hyde Park. 731 E 63rd St (312-747-7760). Mon, Wed noon–8pm; Tue, Thu 10am–6pm; Fri, Sat 9am–5pm; closed Sun.
The Map Room This Bucktown bar has a coffeehouse vibe during the day, an early opening time and free Wi-Fi. Plus, the ID requirement weeds out those noisy underclassmen. 1949 N Hoyne Ave (773-252-7636). Mon–Fri 6:30am–2am, Sat 7:30am–3am, Sun 11am–2am.
Newberry Library Flash your ID to confirm you abide by the independent research library’s 16-and-over policy and present one of the underused librarians your research topic, and you’ll be granted a reader card and access to thousands of rare manuscripts. 60 W Walton St (312-943-9090). Tue–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–1pm; closed Sun, Mon.
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