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Come edit with us during Wikipedia Loves Libraries 2013!

Where, What, and When?[edit]

Where? Pritzker Military Library, 104 S. Michigan Avenue Google Maps link

Note: You might miss the library if you're not looking carefully. The Pritzker is on the corner of Michigan and Monroe in the Monroe Building (across from the Art Institute) starting on the 2nd floor. You'll see a plaque on the wall to the left of the street entrance clearly displaying the library name.
  • Nearest Transit Stations
     Blue Line - Monroe
     Red Line - Monroe
     Brown Line - Adams/Wabash
     Pink Line /      Green Line /      Orange Line - Madison/Wabash
Metra - From Union Station, it's about 7-8 minute walk. Refer to Google Maps for directions from the station.
  • Nearest Bus Lines:
Northbound: The 3, 4, 6, 26, 143, and J14 all drop you off at Michigan & Monroe-- just walk across Michigan and you'll be right where you need to be!
Southbound: Same lines as above will all drop you at Michigan & Jackson-- from there, walk north about two blocks to Monroe and look to your left for the library.
  • Parking
(Presently looking into options.)

What? Editors of all experience levels are invited to:

  1. Meet and kibitz with your fellow Chicagoland Wikipedians in person!
  2. Go on a free guided tour of the Pritzker Military Library (it has many awesome exhibits, and makes it seem more like a museum than a library at times!)
  3. Help work on a small number of articles, a few Chicago-based and a few not, and do our best to get them prepared for Good Article Nominations, or if they are already Good Articles, Featured Article Nominations. (One source for ideas is on women in the military, a topic the Pritzker has a special exhibit on at present, See the talk page for discussion.)
  4. Help plan or participate in a very brief (~30-45 min) workshop for new editors and those interested in how to use Wikipedia, and,
  5. Plan on what projects WikiProject Chicago should focus its attention on through the rest of the year.

When? Saturday, October 26th from 10AM - 4PM.

What else do I need to know?

The Pritzker will provide a free lunch for all attending from Panera, likely between noon and 1:00 PM. Come when you can, stay as long as you'd like. They have wireless available and comfy couches. While the Pritzker does have some desktops available, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop.
After a hard day's work of Wikipedia-ing (Wikipeeding? Wiking? ...whatever.), we can venture forth and find ourselves some eats. There's a place called Plymouth at 327 S Plymouth Ct that I was considering-- it's relatively cheap. There is rooftop seating, but we'll see about the weather.
Note about entry fees: The Pritzker has agreed to waive the normal $5 entry fee for non-members of the library for those who are signed up for the event on this page. You will be asked to sign-in on arrival to the Pritzker.
That's a wrap! Thanks to all who came. Outcomes of the edit-a-thon are below. I, JethroBT drop me a line

Suggested articles for the edit-a-thon[edit]

There is are entire lists of articles to start at Wikipedia:GLAM/PML#Articles_to_start and Wikipedia:GLAM/PML#Articles_to_improve, and you can certainly work on improving any articles listed there if you choose. Here are a few that we can focus on:


The Library possesses artwork and/or biographical information on these artists:

Notable women in wartime[edit]

General Chicago articles[edit]

Sign up[edit]

Let us know if you are coming by signing in below. Free entry will only be granted to those who are signed in below, and you will be asked to sign in on arrival. Again, editors of all experience levels are welcome to join us:

Planning on being there[edit]

  1. Going out on a limb and going to say I'll be there. I, JethroBT drop me a line 18:40, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
  2. Keilana|Parlez ici 00:20, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  3. Nick Number (talk) 02:03, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  4. Kirill [talk] 02:18, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  5. Drummerdg (talk) 03:55, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  6. Prabodh 20:04, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  7. Sampsonmanuever (talk · contribs) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sampsonmanuever (talkcontribs) 15:35, 28 August 2013‎
  8. Prburley Prburley (talk) 15:32, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
  9. Mareklug talk 21:49, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
  10. Newlyprofligate (talk) 23:29, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
  11. Two of us are coming (newbies)! (talk) 22:22, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
    Would you mind providing your name (or a psuedonym) so that we can identify you when you arrive? Thanks! I, JethroBT drop me a line 22:43, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
  12. Jweaver28 (sorry about the late notice and my mobile device klutziness--I thought I'd be out of town but I'll be coming tomorrow.)Jweaver28 (talk) 22:57, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
  13. Mtminchi08 (talk) 23:52, 25 October 2013 (UTC) (hoping to be there)

Might be able to make it[edit]

  1. Therequiembellishere (talk) 22:41, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
  2. Kapooz (talk) 07:58, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Definitely cannot make it, but interested in future meetups[edit]

  1. Wish I could, but I will be in Milwaukee. PMChi (talk) 18:25, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
  2. Have a great time. As usual, work gets in the way of fun! ```Buster Seven Talk 14:01, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
  3. Teemu08 (talk) 20:50, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
  4. Regrettably, I'm already committed to attend a game watch in South Bend tomorrow; South Shore Line wouldn't get me there and back with enough time to spare. Please, please let me know of the next meetup. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 03:29, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
  5. Edge3 (talk) 04:16, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
  6. Sorry, a conflict came up, but I hope to make the next one! Lesgles (talk) 18:18, 26 October 2013 (UTC)



We had a turnout of 10 participants:

  1. I JethroBT
  2. Keilana
  3. Nick Number
  4. Kirill Lokshin
  5. Drummerdg
  6. Prabodh1987
  7. Jweaver28
  8. Brickhead99 - New account made at event!
  9. Analeah25 - New account made at event!
  10. Keilana's Mom. If you make an account, let us know!

Article Creation[edit]

We created a few new articles, some are in-progress:

Article Improvements[edit]

We made improvements and added content or media to several articles:


We added a whole slew of images from the library's digital archives (freely-licensed) which were summarily added to appropriate articles:

Many, many liberty bond posters:

Editing by the numbers[edit]

Collectively, we:

  • ...spent 44 person-hours editing,
  • ...added 94822 bytes of information to Wikipedia pages,
  • ...made 905 discrete edits to Wikipedia articles,
  • ...added 23 new images onto Commons,
  • ...and created 2 new accounts! (Welcome new editors!)