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“A beautiful building worth seeing!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)
312 744.6630
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Chicago Walking Tour: Inside the Architecture of...
Ranked #16 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/city tour
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Central Texas
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“A beautiful building worth seeing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The architectural details are amazing. Seems like every surface has a decorative treatment, mosaics abound. This was the old city library and was apparently on the chopping block when the new library was built. Thank goodness it remains. There are two gorgeous glass domes, one a restored Tiffany dome, that are must sees. There is art on display, but it seems that they lean toward Modern artists and if that is your thing then it's a big bonus.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This was only a few blocks from our hotel and everyone recommended we see it. Great Tiffany glass inlays as well as two beautiful domes. There were three art exhibits going on in the place so there was lots to see. Spent about 2 hours just wondering around. The place is free to visit and the staff were eager to tell you about the place.

Visited January 2013
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“Gorgeous Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

So much to see inside - FOR FREE!!! This is where we met our FREE Chcicago Greeter - Patrick. He made for a great time and a great trip to Chicago. Check out the Largest display of Tiffany Glass in this building!

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful Architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The architecture is beautiful and I highly recommend for tourists since there is a lot of information on Chicago attractions. There is also a gift shop and a cafe.

Visited March 2012
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“This used to be the library?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Beautiful interiors. A perfect respite in the downtown area with ample seating (and the ability to bring in coffee form next door at Intelligentsia). Interesting art exhibits and a great way to get a few minutes of peace in this bustling area

Check out the art-o-matic machine in the lobby!

Visited January 2013
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