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Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
+1 312-744-3316
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-744-3316
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This hidden gem is a beautiful dedication to Chicago culture, history and architecture. You will adore the Tiffany glass ceiling and local art (all for free!) We loved it.

Thank Tallitha R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to see the architecture and arrived just in time for a classical concert by renowned musicians! Enchanting bonus in a gorgeous setting!

Thank LnA-TravelingFans
Reviewed 6 days ago

My cousin lives in the area and suggested I meet her here after she got out of work. What a lucky suggestion. This was free and beautiful and it proved itself an outstanding shelter to wait out the rain. I was in awe of the...More

Thank Buskahhh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went just to see the Tiffany dome - and were completely amazed at the beautiful mosaic work done throughout building, especially the side where the dome is located.

Thank JMD6694
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Caught an amazing free classical concert under the Tiffany Dome. What a great center and a beautiful building this historical site is gorgeous inside.

Thank Gaea S
Reviewed 1 week ago

OMG, I was there in May for the Jazz Showcase concert and was amazed with what I saw then. I was back again in July and entered from a different street and saw what a true gem this building is! I didn't realize the first...More

Thank suzy s
Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped into the building for a look at the Tiffany glass ceiling and were pleasantly surprised with the lovely mosaic tiles. Do't often see those in the states.

Thank ZIAKelley
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite Chicago landmarks. The Tiffany dome is magnificent as are the mosaics and light fixtures. Formerly the Chicago Library it almost was the recipient of the wrecker's ball but saved by Mrs. Daley. A true masterpiece. It also has temporary exhibits year...More

Thank lkay884
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't even know about this place. It is right across from Millennium Park and within walking distance of the Arts Institute. It used to be a library and has names of authors and quotations written in stunning mosaic work throughout the main entrance and...More

Thank sb59
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago is a city with marveled architecture, which is another thing I didn’t realize about the town before visiting. We were in the Loop by the Art Institute and saw the Cultural Center. My friend didn’t encourage us to visit it as there wasn’t much...More

Thank Daniel A
Downtown / The Loop
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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
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Joseline N
May 28, 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
Jennifer J
April 28, 2017|
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.
June 26, 2016|
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Response from FloridaMomBRW | Reviewed this property |
No, all we had to do was walk in. This is also true for the wing that had art in it.... no charge.