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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 yesterday

We were there for a quick visit. Ran through the temporary exhibit which was being viewed by a lot of people. Then made our way upstairs to view the spectacular Tiffany stained glass dome. It was well worth the visit. Workers were setting up the...More

Thank Offthecouch65
Reviewed 2 days ago

Originally built as the city library after the Great Fire destroyed virtually all of Chicago. We stopped for about an hour while on a guided tour of Chicago. The workmanship is gorgeous. You can tell a lot of time and effort was put into the...More

Thank Levon M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The memorial hall for the Northern Army in the Civil War is quite splendid, and some of the other public rooms are also attractive. The Chicago Architecture Biennale is well worth a visit.

Thank operalover939
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nostalgia brings me back to this venue. The quotations on the walls and marble architecture are alone to make this site worthwhile. Added to that are many art exhibits to appeal to all tastes. If you pan ahead of time, there are musical performances and...More

Thank ArtisticBeth
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were on a tour and stopped here to check out the architecture and ambience. The library portion reading rooms are actually quite historical and beautiful. There are different activities within we didn't partake in but it's a nice spot to check out.

Thank joannebooboolove
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The world has plenty of museum people, non-museum people, and everything in between. This place is a nice stop for all types, where you’ll likely spend less or more time based on your interests. We are “somewhere in between” the 2 extremes, and enjoyed the...More

Thank NJPost99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing visit of the CCC while doing a self-guided architectural walking tour. The building itself is great, the glass coupoles not to be missed as are the various quotes in many languages . Further to that, the exhibits on hand were interesting and well dusplayed....More

Thank Myriam I
Reviewed 1 week ago

I often "cut through" the Cultural Center instead of walking on MIchigan Avenue, mostly to see the incredibly beautiful mosaics and the Tiffany stained glass rotunda. I usually discover a new detail or feature I'd not seen before. They frequently have special exhibits and other...More

Thank Mary Beth R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for a brief time but really enjoyed viewing the dome in the center (on the third floor I believe). There are interesting literary sayings in different languages, representing the history of the building as a library.

Thank 881virginia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just happened to walk past this building and thought we would take a look - what a surprise - it is beautiful inside, full of lovely mosaics, glorious staircases and wonderful ceilings. There was an architectural exhibition on which was very interesting and we...More

Thank Nicky L
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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.