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“Beautiful architectural gem!”

Chicago Cultural Center
Ranked #21 of 643 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. Admission is free.
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

This building is so beautiful. Make sure your camera is charged, because you will take a ton of pictures! It's also FREE and the staff is lovely.

Thank LiMaMoJo
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is an excellent tourist information centre. There are maps, booklets & brochures on everything! There are also many tourist information officers to assist with personal questions. This is where you meet your personal guide if you have pre-booked a 'Chicago Greeter' tour, which I highly recommend. The building itself is beautiful & you can go for a look around yourself, if you want. A first stop for any visit to Chicago!

Thank HAVEFUN000
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is a historical building located across from the Chicago Art Institute and the "Bean". The architecture is breathtaking. It is free to go in and walk around or just sit and relax for awhile. There is a tourism office where there is information on all of the Chicago and Illinois attractions and there is helpful staff available to answer questions. This is a great place to just stop and gather your thoughts and take a breather.

Thank gem0607
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

My daughter and I explored this building and found it amazing. It's free to tour and has some really interesting design elements such as multiple huge glass domes, a lot of detailed decor and an all around intricate design.

Thank Bryan C
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This had some really interesting exhibits. It wasn't crowded and I didn't feel overwhelmed. I joined a tour for awhile but had more fun exploring on my own.

Thank Taji B
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