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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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 stumbled across this free Cultural Center and wanted to check it out. To our surprise there was many galleries closed when we went. Very sad we couldn't encounter all the cool places we saw online. But, I can't complain it was FREE!

Thank Kevin L
Reviewed yesterday

We would never have known about this building if our walking tour of Chicago hadn't started there. The doors are dark and it appears like a private building from the outside. But once you go in...!! The beautiful staircases, patterned mosaics, Tiffany glass dome and...More

Thank Anne Marie R
Reviewed 2 days ago

While each Wednesday at 12:15 visitors can count on a free 45 minute concert under the Tiffany dome, many other events are held in this stunning historic building. Free tours at 1:00. Across the street from Millennium Park!

Thank Loretta R
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Chicago Cultural Centre has the most beautiful (and largest) Tiffany Dome... it's worth taking a look at, especially with the right amount of sunlight. Beautiful architecture inside the building.

Thank Heather H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I stated a Chicago Greeter tour in this building and found it very interesting. Park had been established by Civil War veterans and part as Chicago's first public library. The glass domes are stunning. The inscriptions on the walls very interesting -- it's fun to...More

Thank danielnorstedt
Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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
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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.