Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago Cultural Center
4.5
Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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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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Carlton S
Westwood, MA6 contributions
Gorgeous architecture
Oct 2021 • Couples
Gorgeous building with beautiful interiors. Be sure to bring your camera. Enjoy walking the stairways. It's best to go during good weather so you can see nice views through the windows.
Written October 14, 2021
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mdowli
Dallas, TX15 contributions
Free. Fast. Fabulous
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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Maureen M
7 contributions
Walk in-its free!
Sep 2021
The CCC is a beautiful example of Chicago architecture
The stunning Tiffany dome is a highlight. An exhibit of the history of newsprint comics was on display and it was so interesting. Just wander the building- its special.
Written September 28, 2021
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MadMab2
Fort Myers, FL80 contributions
Tiffany Glass Spectacular
Sep 2021
Just incredible panels and dome ceiling made by the Tiffany Glass company in the 19th Century. This is a much stop for anyone’s tour of Chicago. A quick diversion that will immediately impress and awe visitors.
Written September 14, 2021
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FrequentFlier793911
Punta Gorda, FL2 contributions
Pleasantly surprised
Aug 2021
Not knowing what to expect, we checked out the Chicago Cultural Center. There is a wonderful display on the 5th floor of comics, and the cartoonists who created them, as they appeared in the Chicago Tribune.(Going back to the 1930s) It was really great, we loved it!
Written August 22, 2021
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Michele W
Manchester, NH115 contributions
That stained glass!
Jul 2021 • Family
Go in and see the stained glass dome. The stained glass and mosaic tile work is just stunning. It’s free, and it’s located near a lot of other attractions like Millennium park. It’s the perfect quick, cheap and impressive stop.
Written August 1, 2021
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CHILL617
Boston, MA808 contributions
Amazing murals and windows.
Jul 2021 • Solo
Amazing murals and rooms. It was once the old Chicago Public Library. Walk in! You will love it. The old reading room is fantastic.
Written July 6, 2021
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Diana R
Birch Run, MI1,890 contributions
Amazing space
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beautiful space to visit. The comics exhibit was very cool and the old library space is simply amazing. And it’s free! A not to be missed if you have about an hour of free time. We loved it.
Written July 6, 2021
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washington1967
Toomsuba, MS376 contributions
Should we be here???
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visit did not start off well. Unclear of where to enter. Should have entered where the doors had directions for using another entrance for wheelchairs. That entry had lots of outside construction around it. No signage or directions as to where to go. Climbed multiple sets of stairs and wandered down empty hallway, wondering if we should be there. Saw no directions and wondered how to escape. At this point, our luck changed. We heard some distant voiced. Followed those and finally found the Tiffany dome. Gorgeous. Area beneath it was roped off for a special event. Left through the doors where we should have entered. Very dynamic greeter at this door giving everyone hints as to where to go. Would have had a much better experience if we’d entered here. As it was, we were too tired from wandering around that building to do anything else.
Written June 18, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,222 contributions
If you are visiting Chicago for the first time, this is a good place to start
Jun 2021
The Chicago Cultural Center, which was opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building operated by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor of Chicago has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders. Located at 78 East Washington Street, in the Loop, across Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park, it originally was the central library building. But it was converted in 1977 to an arts and cultural center. As the nation's first free municipal cultural center, The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city's most popular attractions, a must-stop for first-time visitors to the city and one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States. Each year, it features more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts. Architecturally, the building is organized as a four-story north wing and a five-story south wing, 104 feet tall, with three-foot-thick masonry walls faced with Bedford Blue Limestone on a granite base and designed in a generally neoclassical style with Italian Renaissance elements. The structure is capped with two stained-glass domes, set symmetrically atop the two wings. Other key points of architectural interest are the Randolph Street entrance and stairway, the Washington Street entrance, lobby and grand staircase, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial, Sidney Yates Gallery and Preston Bradley Hall.
Written June 13, 2021
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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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