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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 5 days ago via mobile

Chicago is a wonderful city to walk: stroll along the river bank and stop at one of the restaurants, tour millennium Park, the lake area and Navy Yard, the loop and the uptown area known as the magnificent mile!  But first, go to the Cultural...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The architectural details inside are just really something. Two huge, beautiful mosaic skylights, mosaic floors throughout, marble staircases - just gorgeous.

Thank Doug G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved this building! The Tiffany dome is spectacular but all the beautiful inlayed glass tile is not to miss. Out surprise was all the architectural displays throughout the rest of the building. Every room offered something new and different and we spent more time...More

Thank Jasmine59
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is a nice building, and if you are interested about architecture, would see some interesting things. It is free, but that's about it. Based on other reviews, I made this as an objective to see, and planned 2 hours visit. Some other might spend...More

Thank uhim64
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a peaceful place in the city to see a former library in all it's glory. If you're looking for a free activity, this is a great choice.

Thank kjb1187
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit for all book lovers. The Tiffany dome and the walls are enthralling to watch. absolutely beautiful!

Thank smilydip1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular interior spaces. They do not build public buildings like this anymore. Not sure how to arrange entry, as we were part of a group dinner event there.

Thank Suenglish
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Chicago Cultural Center as part of the "Treasures of Culture and Commerce" walking tour organized by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. This Palace, I do not know how to name this building otherwise, has the magnificent Tiffany ceiling - a real wonder. Everything is...More

Thank Marina A
Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolutely gorgeous place. The 3rd floor is a gem, the dome is spectacular and the mosaics alone are worth the visit. There is a small information desk on the ground floor, staffed by volunteers who are very enthusiastic about the building. Recommended.

Thank SydKat
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is the former Main Branch of the Chicago Public Library in the heart of downtown Chicago, the old "Loop". The Building encompasses beautiful classical architecture and design.

Thank Curt H
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Joseline N
28 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.