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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
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"tiffany dome"
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"beautiful building"
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"public library"
in 118 reviews
"art exhibits"
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"preston bradley hall"
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"mosaic work"
in 37 reviews
"stained glass domes"
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"millennium park"
in 165 reviews
"architectural gem"
in 31 reviews
"free tour"
in 44 reviews
"civil war"
in 27 reviews
"free concerts"
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"open to the public"
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"free attraction"
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"worth a stop"
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"the loop"
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"on display"
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Reviewed yesterday

Its dome is amazing. Beautiful architecture. The wide, marbled staircase is wonderful. While I was admiring it, another visitor told me that Macy's downtown also had a Tiffany dome, although on a smaller scale. (I later hunted it out, it was good, but this was...More

Thank 22Senior_travels
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything is for free in the Cultural Center. The building itself is worth a careful look. It features a beautiful Tiffany dome and decorations. There are art exhibits, free movies, and other treats. The room with the dome is also the former home of the...More

Thank Marty D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an appointment with the greeter Jerry Cole who explained in details the history of Chicago and we had a visit during 4 hours with him. It was exciting and I recommend to do that because we saw many places that we had never...More

Thank MICHELE T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the old public library, it's full of Tiffany mosaics and has an amazing Tiffany glass dome, it's also free!

Thank bellrosie
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a trip by itself. Beautiful building with stained glass globe. an excellent exhibit of an 144 foot mural Keith Haring did in 1989 with the assistance of Chicago HS students but the building itself is a real gem worth the price of admission. BTW...More

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This former public library building is conveniently located to Millennium Park and hosts revolving art exhibits. Wifi is available in the lower level. Rooms are available to rent for events and StoryCorp, an oral history project, is housed on site.

Thank Miriam S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this building on the Tiffany Treasures tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, an organization I highly recommend. If you can go on this tour which includes this building you will appreciate it so much more than if you just drop in. However, if...More

Thank Holly C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading some reviews on TA we decide to take a quick trip to this building we were glad we stopped in. There is not much to see in the building but the dome ceiling was spectacular. I wish we had taken advantage of the...More

Thank Sandy B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a jawdropping building! We just went in without a guide, we started at the topflooor and slowly descended. Not online is the building of an exeptional beauty, the exhibits in it are also of a high standard. It is an inspirational mix of...More

Thank ankhaas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smack dab in the middle of where all the tourists throng, and most don't notice, is the Chicago Cultural Center, a free-to-the-public venue for exhibits for local artists, concerts, seating area for just relaxing, conferences, parties, info about local happenings and Chicago in general, all...More

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Arnold T
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Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
You might call them and ask that question. I can’t help you.
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
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Jennifer J
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.
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