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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
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
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"tiffany dome"
in 350 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 231 reviews
"public library"
in 116 reviews
"art exhibits"
in 109 reviews
"preston bradley hall"
in 54 reviews
"glass domes"
in 42 reviews
"mosaic work"
in 34 reviews
"architectural gem"
in 31 reviews
"millennium park"
in 164 reviews
"free tour"
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"civil war"
in 26 reviews
"free concerts"
in 69 reviews
"open to the public"
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"free attraction"
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"worth a stop"
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"the loop"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visit here for free to see some beautiful architecture. In the Preston Bradley Hall you will see the 38 foot diameter Tiffany Glass Dome and then another dome in a hall to honor the Union Soldiers of the Civil War. The mosaics along of the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

wondered into this place by accident, cannot believe it's free. totally worth a visit, right across the street from millenium park. all the tiffany windows and glass were incredible

Thank Chloe N
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The center with its beautiful architecture, attractive Tiffany dome, and galleries welcome visitors welcome residents and visitors during all days of the year. There are quotations from great writers, inlaid mosaics which rival similar and much older work in Europe, and constant exhibitions and performances....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the Chicago Public Library, is truly a beautiful building! The two main points of interest are the two huge glass mosaic domes in the GAR Memorial Hall and the Preston Bradley Hall. There is an art exhibit on the top...More

Thank Ebonie P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan on speding a little time here. The Tiffany glass dome is amazing and the tiffany tilework spectacular. There are concerts on Mondays a couple of times a month midday so be sure to check when that is going on. Beautiful building!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While wandering through part of Chicago's underground pedway, we decided to surface via an elevator up to the Chicago Cultural Center, housed in the former public library built at the end of the 19th century. the building is full of programming and exhibitions. But, its...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is right downtown across the beginning of the Millennium park. It's in a Neoclassic bldg which housed a Public Library before. There are many scale models of Chicago architecture and explanations about it. The highlight is the biggest Tiffany's glass dome...More

Thank B1714D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great architecture and mosaics in this building. Different exhibitions at different times. But do not under any circumstances miss the magnificent Tiffany Dome. We were luck enough to be there when there was a piano recital and it was magical There is no entrance fee...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the Cultural Center as it was close to where we were staying. What a great choice we made. This former Chicago public library is amazing with the mosaic tiling and Tiffiney glass throughout the building. The art galleries were closed as the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Chicago and come here often. It's free and beautiful and historic! What more can you ask for! They always have events and Art exhibits. What a GREAT place. I always take my visiting family and friends here.

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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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