Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago Cultural Center
4.5
Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
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. Admission is free.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Randolph/Wabash • 2 min walk
  • Lake • 4 min walk
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Aug 2019
Another of Chicago's 'must-see' buildings, this impressive institution boasts a fine lobby, several ornately decorated rooms and two remarkable domed ceilings, both of which are well worth seeking out. We arrived a little late in the day and were pretty much the only people exploring the place which hosts a number of art exhibitions which you can also peruse at your leisure. Entrance is free and it's just across the road from Millennium Park/The 'Bean', so it's an easy addition to any city centre itinerary.
Written January 14, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia12,637 contributions
Apr 2022
From outside this cultural center looks pretty much ordinary, just like any other neoclassic bldg.
However, when you enter you're blown away with stunning interiors with mosaics, chandeliers and the most amazing Tiffany glass dome, along with several exhibits.
I was greatly surprised it is free to visit.
Written May 22, 2022
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Schmidly6
White Lake, MI281 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
I was speechless at the beauty of this place. The care and craftsmanship that went into creating the mosaics and patterns here is beyond description. I could have stayed here all day! Pictures of Chicago fire in hallway were amazing as well
Written March 9, 2022
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Hanan C
California643 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
From outside, you wouldn’t know what’s inside. But the minute you step inside and walk up the grand stairs, you are ushered into a large room covered with a stupendous dome. Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass. Amazing!
The walls are covered with mosaics of hold, stones and mother-of-pearl. The arches have names of classic philosophers and famous writers. It’s amazing to imagine that this building was Chicago’s public library. Now it has a theater, an art gallery and a dance studio.
Written November 28, 2021
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mdowli
Dallas, TX15 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Right across from a millennium park and free. Building is wonderful with beautiful mosaics celebrating books and reading and the Tiffany done ceiling is magnificent. There is a second dome (closed for us due to renovations) and a presentation on the chicago fire and a room of contemporary art. Easy fast free fab
Written October 13, 2021
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Angeli S
1 contribution
Dec 2019
The cultural center serves as the meeting point for Instagreeter tours. They are free walking tours that are run by volunteers. Our volunteer was Richard. My husband and I were fortunate that we were the only two on the tour! It made for a very in-depth and interesting tour. We briefly went in to the center and Richard showed us some architecture and design features of the building as well as described some of it's history. We toured through several Chicago buildings where Richard explained some of the history behind each building as well as tidbits of information about the architecture and artwork that gives each building it's character. Some of the buildings we toured were the Inland Steel building, the Marquette building, the Rookery, the Federal Bank Reserve of Chicago, the Palmer House, and went to the top of Cindy's Rooftop. It was truly such an honor to get a peek into Richard's vast knowledge of Chicago. We're looking forward to our next trip down to Chicago this year, where we will plan something with Richard again.
Written January 22, 2020
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T&J
Los Angeles, CA254 contributions
Mar 2020
I loved everything about this place, from the architecture of the building (artwork in itself), to the beautiful, moving art installation I experienced, to the fact that all of this is free. I saw things that took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. I laughed, I cried. I was reminded of the depths of the human experience and humbled and so very grateful that these talented artists had shared a piece of themselves with me. This is a special place and aptly located in the heart of Chicago, an accessible, culturally rich and wondrous city.
Written February 4, 2021
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Jan 2020
The Chicago Cultural Center is a jewel to admire; may not be a high rise, but it offers many floors to which one can explore its beauty. The center offers many exhibitions that are free to the public but be sure to always check the website ahead of time before your visit. The center is also known for its 2 Tiffany domes, one is the Rotunda to the Grand Army of the Republic and the other in Preston Bradley Hall. Both Halls are decorated with intricate details that are unique to each. Also, a Venetian inspired bridge, a site to take in. A truly amazing place to visit.
Written January 23, 2020
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McHenryDad
McHenry, IL236 contributions
Dec 2019
This building was built to be a library and Civil War monument. Walk in for 10 minutes to see the 2 beautiful domed ceilings. Spend more time if you appreciate the other architecture or historical aspects. The building is now used to display art exhibits; the one we saw was by some angry dude but totally worth the cost of the free admission.
Written January 4, 2020
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Debbie R
Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Chicago Cultural Center was originally occupied by the main library in downtown Chicago. It is now a cultural center, offering a variety of programs and concerts, many free to the public. Don’t miss the Tiffany glass dome on the 3rd floor or the magnificent dome on the 2nd floor.
Written February 11, 2020
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Chicago Cultural Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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