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Chicago Cultural Center

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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number: +1 312-744-3316
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09:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural...

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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Stumbled on this when with my lovely lady last week. Go in and be amazed at the stunning architecture in the building. There's a lot to see and we even stumbled on some impromptu... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stumbled on this when with my lovely lady last week. Go in and be amazed at the stunning architecture in the building. There's a lot to see and we even stumbled on some impromptu music and dance on a friday lunchtime. Make sure you viisit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

so close to the Bean, many people skip right by the place. Go inside walk up stairs and look at the tile craftsmanship. It is breath taking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this location. We have attended a reception party here each year for our conference. Just looking at the decor is amazing. The food served was tasty and easy to eat. There was enough room for all the people dropping in at various times. A must see if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whether you're visiting Chicago for vacation (or for a lifetime) the Chicago Cultural Center is one of the best places to see and it's right across from Millennium Park! First of all, it's free! There are galleries and exhibits of some of Chicago's most influential people. I thought the ceilings were beautiful and seeing Pablo Picasso's signature in the hallway... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While in Chicago on a weekend trip a few years back my husband and a couple friends stumbled into the Cultural Center and asked what there was to see. I was shopping and when I connected with them my husband with wide eyes said, "You. Have. To. See. This." Thus started my love affair with the Chicago Cultural Center. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing building and jaw dropping Tiffany mosaic and light fittings. Could not believe this building was going to bulldozed in the seventies. This is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's right across the street from Millenium Park, so even if you weren't planning on doing anything else, just pop in to have a look at the dome because the hall that it's in is quite a lovely function space too. Don't just focus on the dome though - have a look at the walls and the inscriptions too, it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Former home of the Chicago Public Library, now preserved as a great example of architecture. Two magnificent Tiffany domes, great rotating art exhibits, all free! Near the Bean and other Millenium Park attractions, great place to duck into if the weather's not great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go for the ceilings, go for the history, go for the mosaics, go for the Tiffany glass, go cuz its free. Go. Go. Go. Don't miss if you are in Chicago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely one of the most visually striking places I have been, and hard to believe that it's free admission. The Tiffany dome and the mosaic tile are both so gorgeous that pictures don't really do it justice, but here's my best effort. Don't miss it!

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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.
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