The Newberry - Chicago's Independent Research Library Since 1887
  • Thursday, September 29

    From Hamlet to Macbeth, Shakespeare’s use of equivocation speaks volumes. In Hamlet, the word carries the neutral meaning of ambiguous; in Macbeth, it becomes more sinister, suggesting deceit and foul play. In a free lecture Thursday, September 29, James Shapiro will trace the strange history of this resonant word.

  • On Display Now
    September 23 - December 31

    Open September 23 - December 31, Creating Shakespeare is an exhibition exploring the Bard’s creative process as well as the creativity of the countless writers, printers, actors, musicians, and artists who have re-contextualized, re-imagined, and re-invented his work over the past 400 years.

  • With Hamilton now on stage in Chicago, theater-goers can continue exploring the life of the “ten-dollar founding father without a father” right here at the Newberry. The Newberry’s collection contains early American materials illuminating both the political debates and personal feuds that entangled Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries.

  • Dear Walter

    “In this year of Hamilton-induced mania, what Productions might we thrill to had once-Vice President Hannibal Hamlin—casualty of history, plaything of Destiny—ascended to the highest American Office? Might the theater-crazed Public clamor not for Hamilton but for Hamlin?” So writes “Walter L. Newberry” in his latest “Dear Walter” column.