the Albert, located within Hotel EMC2 at 228 East Ontario, is celebrating the season of giving with their on-property holiday book drive. The restaurant, which is home to more than 12,000 science novels that line the walls in shelves made of various cabinetry, will be accepting new and gently used books now through Friday, December 15. Books will be donated to Open Books, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps provide literacy experiences and access to books for local Chicago communities. Both hotel guests and the public who wish to donate are invited to drop off books at the hotel’s front desk, which is just steps away from the entrance to the Albert. The property has worked with several other local nonprofit organizations since opening in early 2017, as one of the hotel’s core principles is embracing and engaging with the local community in Chicago.