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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
Today
09:00 - 19:00
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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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Beautiful Architecture and Glass Domes

The Cultural Centre is the former library of Chicago. Inside there are two glass domes. On the third story (2nd floor, european system) of the Washington entrance there is a... read more

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Cultural Centre is the former library of Chicago. Inside there are two glass domes. On the third story (2nd floor, european system) of the Washington entrance there is a larger and more airy Tiffany glass dome that is well worth the visit. It is quite a beautiful building overall with many mosaics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on a quick tour, the interior is absolutely gorgeous. A trip into the past of Chicago. The Tiffany ceiling was beautiful.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great building in it's own right of course but we discovered it by booking a Chicago Greeter from here, to take us on a guided tour of the city. We chose to walk as you get to see more that way and it was the highlight of our visit. The building is ornate and immense. A must... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good stop for a break on a cold winter day or for a restroom break, this historic building (that used to be the Chicago Library) has a lot to offer on it's own. From the beautiful dome to the different stone materials used to decorate the large rooms upstairs, its a good place to visit in Chicago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always a nice place to stop and look around. A must for first time visitors; the architecture and art is always intriguing. Sometimes there are free concerts that are performed by some of Chicago's amazing jazz, etc. musicians. Great place to warm up or cool off, grab a coffee and relax.

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We stumbled across this escaping the cold in Millennium Park and found loads of art and beautiful decor in finding warmth!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a look if you are in the vicinity of the Chicago Cultural Center. Simply beautiful domed ceiling and marble inlaid stairway and walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an impressive large public building.The books are gone but remains an important cultural hub It gives visitors an idea of the enormous civic pride that Chicago has. Inside you will find a stunning art glass ceiling and a memorial to the civil war. It also houses a wonderful information centre and interesting art exhibitions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chicago Cultural Institute of Chicago opened in 1897. It is the venue where the Mayor, President and many other political leaders gather to pour over business and politics. It's a highly historic and cultural building that houses many of pasts of the most influential of leaders. Thanks Chicago Cultural Institute.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sean was the tour guide from ChicagoGreeter.com. Chicago Cultural Center is a gorgeous building with fascinating history about the people that made this building a public resource historically and currently.

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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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