Chicago Public Library West Loop Branch Wins AIA Illinois Award

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The Chicago Public Library West Loop Branch has received the Frank Lloyd Wright Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois Chapter. The award honors the project that made the greatest impact through new design or renovation. The annual AIA Illinois Awards program recognizes projects that have positively impacted citizens throughout the state of Illinois.

The prize recipient is the first public library branch in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The adaptive reuse project, which transformed former TV studios into a public amenity, pays homage to the neighborhood's history as a warehouse district. 

The West Loop Branch has quickly proven itself to be a vital community resource. Within the first months of opening, the branch loaned out more than 13,000 books, welcomed approximately 18,000 visitors, and logged 1,000 computer sessions. Children's story time offered by the library has become so popular that the library increased the number of sessions offered. 

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