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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
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-744-3316
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this building as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce" tour and were extremely impressed by what we saw of ts interior. Entering at the Washington Street entrance gave us an immediate view of the stunning 3-story vaulted...More

Thank Rumples
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since an event rented out the center for their own art works to display, I was able to get a short tour from one of the volunteers that worked there. What seemed to amaze me more was the beauty of the building itself. The walls...More

Thank Alexandra S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited only to see the building itself, so not interested in the exhibits. The architecture is stunning at every turn, especially the Tiffany Dome. There was a volunteer at the front desk who was helpful, but the staff walking around the building seemed to be...More

Thank 4states
Reviewed 5 days ago

AMAZING PLACE! This place was recommended to be but I didn’t think it would be that exciting so I didn’t plan to visit. I was WORNG! While walking down Michigan Avenue I decided to go ahead and stop in. Let me say that this place...More

Thank Ms_Jess80
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were told about the 2 domes in this building and a bit of the history so crossed over from Millennium Park to visit. It is a great building and very interesting architecture. You should put 30 minutes aside to tour it.

Thank tripfoodie18
Reviewed 6 days ago

There wasn't a map or a tour guide and most of it was under construction. We walked around the building for awhile and left.

Thank aschroeder0624
Reviewed 1 week ago

Years ago, I used to come to this building as it was a city library. Now, it has many interesting art exhibits on several floors, free concerts, souvenir shop. Take camera with you to share Tiffany's art at its best with your friends back home.

Thank AdrianaKmn
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is amust see. This was a library. It has Beautiful marble work, also it has largest stained glass rotunda in Chicago. People rent this for wedding and special event and when you see it you will see why. It's free to tour.

Thank Deborah D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the former public library of Chicago, and has many beautiful architectural features including a Tiffany glass dome and gold mosaics. It is used as a multi use building including the meeting point for the Chicago greeters (see my review on them - a...More

Thank Lawonridge
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here just to see the mosaics and 2 stain glass domes. It was originally the public library and home of the GAR so it has 2 wings. Great place for free cultural events such as concerts, theater and art exhibits.

Thank TupeloHoneyB
Downtown / The Loop
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your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
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Joseline N
29 May 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
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.
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.