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Chicago Cultural Center

Address: 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)
Phone Number: 312 744.6630
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Fee: No
Owner description: The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal...
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Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Fox River Grove
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A fabulous historical building that every tourist need to visit. Beautiful architecture and art that everyone will appreciate. Take the time.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Attended a fabulous recital with young musicians featured on piano and violin. All in the winners circle of a specific competition. In addition to the musical experience, I had time to see some great historical photos posted in the walkways Ran out if time to see the varied exhibits. Had a chance to appreciate the architecture once again especially the... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a great building to see in Chicago. Located directly across from Grant Park and on the Chicago Loop area. A piece of history! The mosaics are beautiful and the art exhibits were fun. We liked the price to get in too - FREE! Chicago doesn't have cheap or free things to do - but we found this one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Excellent production. Very nice theater. Area is a little lacking for restuarants. And a little diffucilt to get taxi after the show

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La Grande, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A free relaxing place to walk through and enjoy the mosaics and glass domes. This was a library that incoporated the civil war memorial into it when originally built. Tours are available.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I always make sure to stop by the Chicago Cultural Center when I am in downtown Chicago. I have never actually been there for any event, but just take advantage of the free admission and a chance to admire so amazing artwork and architecture - including the incredible Tiffany dome! Helps me appreciate Chicago's history a bit more!

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have only been here for events, but they are some of the most beautiful possible because of the awesome, and irreplaceable in our times, room decor--of course Tiffany dome is the zenith of the building.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As far as I am concerned the building itself is a work of fine art. The Mosaics and tiffany glass Domes have to be seen because I lack the words to describe the beauty of it all. Free Admission and I recommend the tour with the guide that tells you the history of this beautiful building. Every Wednesday at 12:15... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Since this was restored to its full glory in 2008, the Cultural Center is a great place to wander through. Fantastic architecture (get info and a map from the Info Desk, they are really helpful) with several art exhibits throughout the building. The Tiffany Dome would be worth the trip by itself, but the rest of the building is really... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Anytime we stay at the Blue aqua we visit the venerable Chicago Cultural Center. It's a beautiful building, completely free with spaces to read and bring your lunch. Great exhibitions from spectacular artists. NPR's Story Corps has a recording booth here, so bring your loved ones and do a oral history. This place always makes me proud to live here!

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