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Chicago Cultural Center

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Address: 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 312 744.6630
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Description: The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural...
The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city’s first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, and annually presents hundreds of free cultural exhibits and performances. The building also houses a Visitor Information Center, gift shop, and café. Admission is free.
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Stunning Interior! A Must Visit Venue!

The Centre has a magnificent entry & lobby. Visit the Preston Bradley Hall with the Tiffany Glass in the Dome designed in the pattern of fish scales & with zodiac signs in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Centre has a magnificent entry & lobby. Visit the Preston Bradley Hall with the Tiffany Glass in the Dome designed in the pattern of fish scales & with zodiac signs in the centre. Walls covered in mosaics. Marble panels. See the Grand Army of the Republic Rotunda & Memorial Hall honouring Union Soldiers of the Civil War. Notice the... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building for sure, but hardly a great museum. If you have a limited time in Chicago, best to skip this building.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Free entry to the Cultural Center means you get to take in the artistry, craftsmanship, and grandeur of the place. Plus you can stumble upon interesting exhibits you might not have hear sabot or considered. Loved it!

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ruth345
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in America. I'm from DC with lots of interesting buildings, but this is more like a mini Versailles in some places. It's actually two buildings and well worth the visit. The Tiffany dome and Tiffany designed tiles are breathtakingly beautiful. There is a daily FREE tour. They tours are by volunteers who... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This location was once the main branch of the Chicago Public Library and features the well-known Louis Tiffany stained glass dome. Not so well known is the civil war memorial hall...

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You feel like you're in Europe, not Chicago. The 2 major dome ceilings, the tiles and mosaic detail. Everywhere you turn you just can't believe the beauty you're seeing. It's hard to take it all in cause you don't want to miss anything. You have to see it to believe the amazing work it took to create the art decorating... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful building that used to be the Chicago Library but I feel it is under utilized. They have nice people that are devoted to the City of Chicago. Great for information on the city

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Lincoln
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I was hoping to see something about the gangsters or mob history and was disappointed that they didn't have anything. Some nice exhibits but many were closed for private functions. At least it was free

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful building in design, style, Tiffany windows, and the history it holds for the city of Chicago. A must see. Best if visited on a tour so you can really understand all you are seeing.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This building was the former Public Library and Grand Army of the Republic memorial (I know, in one building??) We entered from the Randolph St side where the Visitors Center is and thought it very cool. Then we left. Luckily a gentleman on the sidewalk on the Washington St side (evidently self-appointed tourist guide!) asked us if we had gone... More 

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Additional Information about Chicago Cultural Center

Address: Address: 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 312 744.6630
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.