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Study spots | You asked for it

A reader wants a place to study that isn’t overrun with fellow college students.


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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