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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
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"tiffany dome"
in 353 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 235 reviews
"public library"
in 118 reviews
"art exhibits"
in 109 reviews
"preston bradley hall"
in 56 reviews
"mosaic work"
in 37 reviews
"stained glass domes"
in 30 reviews
"millennium park"
in 165 reviews
"architectural gem"
in 31 reviews
"free tour"
in 44 reviews
"civil war"
in 27 reviews
"free concerts"
in 69 reviews
"open to the public"
in 23 reviews
"free attraction"
in 22 reviews
"worth a stop"
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"the loop"
in 46 reviews
"on display"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a free activity and provides an hour tour. People walk by and have no idea what is inside. As the original Chicago Public Library, it is step in history. Even a self guided tour is worth your time.

Thank T P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fabulous building, some great rooms and the two domes. Went here to meet up with the free Instagreeter tour, checked with the information desk who assured me it was due at 1.30. After having a quick look around, a waited in the lobby and when...More

Thank Susie M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Big surprise, beautiful architecture, Tiffany's Cupole, amazing and the interior decoration of other rooms are just eye popping. Don't miss this place.

Thank SiuMui
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted to see some art in Chicago and we did-in the form of this fabulous building! It is a totally free entrance into this gem. They built this when buildings were works of art in and of themselves. Lots of mosaics all over the...More

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is completely free entry but this building hides away some wonderful secrets of the city. Two glass domes stand out. One by Tiffany and rooms with exceptional ceilings. This must be on your agenda. Do not miss it.

Thank AGF909
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Stop and look around and up when you're inside. This was once the public library. Imagine the pride and enthusiasm this jewel represented, and represents.

Thank gageslake
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The building is beautiful and if you are into architecture and design it's a must stop. There is no cost of admission so that's a bonus in Chicago where most things have a steep fee. The Tiffany Dome is the highlight I would say, along...More

Thank vanos954
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building was beautiful and the architecture was stunning. But there was nothing really inside to see. A good 10 mins and out.

Thank sweeteriny1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good example of some of the stunning architecture you will find in downtown Chicago, if you just look a little bit. It also has some art exhibits that change regularly. And it is free and open to the public. Definitely worth a...More

Thank nancy p
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago Cultural Center is a gem in downtown Chicago. Most beautiful architecture! Be sure to look up and notice the majestic ceilings. They have several art exhibits on display which are also worth a look.

Thank Catherine A
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Joseline N
29 May 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
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Jennifer J
29 April 2017|
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.
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kanchana311
26 June 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.
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