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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 sort of stumbled into this place accidentally and judging by the small number of people in the building, the others that were there did the same. The place is a beautiful work of art from the ceilings to the staircases to the floors, it's...More

Thank Talal J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very beautiful architecture! I suggest a guided tour to have more information about dates and artists. The Tiffany ceiling is astonishing.

Thank Bruna D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth the stop in if you are visiting millennium park. It is right across the street. Beautiful building and can be seen quickly if needed. Nice warm stop in the winter.

Thank knutso1812
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chicago Cultural Center used to be the main central library, and has now been converted to a tourist welcome center and art exhibit. Galleries on the first and second floor provide rotating, innovative exhibits of art; open spaces are yours to enjoy for a...More

Thank TallRedChicago
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the visitors are probably for watching the great Tiffany dome. This center itself is a beautiful architecture, so i would recommend to take some time and watch more. When is was visiting, there was also an exhibition of the Architecture Biennial Chicago. Entrance...More

Thank Eddie Myunghyun K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had jotted something down about this building and we walked by it on our trip to Chicago. I'm so glad we stopped in. It is gorgeous. I believe they were between exhibits when we were there but the building itself is stunning. It is...More

Thank viajero5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Chicago several times, but never knew about this building! We went inside and were wowed by the mosaic stairs and ceilings, but then were surprised by the rest of the building and art exhibits! Excellent art. I greatly enjoyed walking through!

Thank Erin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the massive Tiffany Glass Dome and gorgeous mosaics and inspirational quotes throughout! A true gem, and conveniently located for visitors and residents alike.

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building itself is historical, is a piece of art, some rooms with grand ceilings. Initially, I think just go there to see the models of the buildings and the building itself, but when I go inside, I discover that there are much more than...More

Thank ELKW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the building during the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibit, and the architecture buffs among us were intrigued by the exhibits. The building itself is a wonder of architecture, with beautiful interior spaces. And it was completely free to visit.

Thank CambridgeMike
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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.