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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: 09:00 - 19:00
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

It's a very beautiful historic building that's worth seeing as you walk on S. Michigan Ave, but there are many much more impressive things to see on the same street (Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate, the Art Institute, the waterfront, etc). If you're in...More

Thank bhons21
Reviewed 3 days ago

A lovely old building with 2 fantastic ceilings/domes. The mosaics and marble are beautiful and worthy of a quick visit en route to Millenium park

Thank Alan H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful buildings on the inside as it is in the outside. It is handicap accessible with elevators inside so you can see all the two magnificent domes hidden within. The art exhibits are fun and even clever. Air-conditioned cool...More

Thank juliebfromindy
Reviewed 3 days ago

So, if you are here on business or vacation and you want to actually FEEL the vibrancy in the city, don't miss this. The Cultural Center started out as the main building for the Chicago Public Library and the architecture alone is stunning. I have...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I were awed by the building's interiors as we went from floor to floor noting the beautiful architectural designs including the staircases and the rotunda. We viewed also two exhibits - one of the fantastic works of the artist Candida Alvarez and...More

Thank Manhattan418
Reviewed 6 days ago

this place is free and a unique and historic visit in Chicago. The tiffany dome overhead is a must see. often times there are performances there and it is delightful.

Thank alexlorraine2016
Reviewed 6 days ago

Building had a lot of history and historical features. The exhibits were geared toward the black history of Chicago and were fascinating. Well worth seeing.

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This former library has a breathtaking interior worthy of a visit in itself.Even the elevators are worthy of note. A Tiffany dome, magnificent rooms with breathtaking views,and a grand staircase are offered However the building also houses some excellent art exhibits, a theatre and other...More

Thank 708patrick
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was absolutely beautiful and is definietly worth a visit. I can't imagine how lovely this was back in the day when it was still library.

Thank Katie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is one of many gems in Chicago, and it's free. The architecture is simply stunning and there are many resources for public use (eg. events, weddings venue, exhibits, music performances, lectures, film, theatre and dance). If you have 1 or 2...More

Thank ttaylor2u
Downtown / The Loop
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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
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Joseline N
I saw this place and I was wondering, I have a quinceanera and I wanted to take pictures in here am I able too ?
29 May 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
Jennifer J
Is this building wheelchair accessible?
29 April 2017|
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.
Is there any entry fee to visit the Chicago cultural centre?
27 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.