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Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)
312 744.6630
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Ranked #16 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Lexington, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We were interested in seeing the CCC because of reviews we'd read all over the internet but nothing quite prepared us for the view when the elevator opened on the 3rd floor with the Tiffany dome in sight. Amazing! Well worth a visit.

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Pomfret Center, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This would be worth it if the building were empty, but fortunately there are changing exhibits that are well worth it. Also, it's right across the street from Millennium Park.

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Elgin, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It's free! The stain glass, and marble are gorgeous. It's one of those places you can walk by hundreds of times(which I did for years on my way to the Art Institute)and didn't know what was in that building, and what I was missing. It won't take long to look at, it's small, but very beautiful....another thing that makes Chicago... More 

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Arizona
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Free tours on some days--call ahead to check days and times. Also offers free activities depending on the day and season. We attended a free music of Haiti event that was wonderful. And the interior of the building itself is worth seeing.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Chicago Cultural Building is a great find in downtown Chicago. It was once the public library and it is fun to find the names of authors hidden in the mosaics. It also offers free art exhibits. Feel free to explore the building. You will be surprised by what you find. The building also has clean public restrooms and places... More 

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Tolland, CT
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful building with interesting and unusual art exhibits. Good place to get a break from the crowds elsewhere.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A beautiful architectural gem for anybody on a budget. It contains world class examples of architecture and decorative arts and it is FREE! Don't miss it.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is just across the street from the Millenium park. The exterior is not much to boast of though it has the Chicago Bull at the front. As soon as one enters the building, it presents a splendid sight with the beautiful painted ceilings and walls. I was especially awe-struck by the Preston Bradley Hall. However, apart from this beautiful... More 

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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

and free tours also so check it out. has visitors info here too. Used to be historic library so check out new library also

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Chandler, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a truly local Chicago hangout right downtown. The cultural center is free, warm, and always has really nice art exhibits. They have concerns upstairs, coffee and hangout downstairs, and historic architecture. Always worth a quick visit if you're in the area.

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