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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 2 days ago

Plan on speding a little time here. The Tiffany glass dome is amazing and the tiffany tilework spectacular. There are concerts on Mondays a couple of times a month midday so be sure to check when that is going on. Beautiful building!

Thank marusia
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While wandering through part of Chicago's underground pedway, we decided to surface via an elevator up to the Chicago Cultural Center, housed in the former public library built at the end of the 19th century. the building is full of programming and exhibitions. But, its...More

Thank bfindysz
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is right downtown across the beginning of the Millennium park. It's in a Neoclassic bldg which housed a Public Library before. There are many scale models of Chicago architecture and explanations about it. The highlight is the biggest Tiffany's glass dome...More

Thank B1714D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great architecture and mosaics in this building. Different exhibitions at different times. But do not under any circumstances miss the magnificent Tiffany Dome. We were luck enough to be there when there was a piano recital and it was magical There is no entrance fee...More

Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at the Cultural Center as it was close to where we were staying. What a great choice we made. This former Chicago public library is amazing with the mosaic tiling and Tiffiney glass throughout the building. The art galleries were closed as the...More

Thank kybammer
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Chicago and come here often. It's free and beautiful and historic! What more can you ask for! They always have events and Art exhibits. What a GREAT place. I always take my visiting family and friends here.

1  Thank elsa n
Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally a Chicago Public Library, now the Cultural Center- great spaces and BREATHTAKING Tiffany dome! Best viewed during a sunny day!

Thank daniel p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here on a Friday early evening after visits the nearby Art Institute of Chicago. The building was beautiful inside and outside, but there isn’t much to do other than admire its architecture as it’s more like a community center for local. The Preston...More

Thank AKAshon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit if only to see the architecture. The former home of the Chicago Public Library (till they collection outgrew the building), this is now a place for exhibits and performances. Public tours are offered.

Thank Kathleen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful historic landmark with beautiful architecture, including the biggest Tiffany Dome in the world. It’s a small building with 4 floors, accessible with elevators. Built in 1892, it has a unique style from the domes to the staircase. They provide concerts each Wednesday @ 12:15...More

Thank javalos40
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Joseline N
29 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.
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.