Chicago Cultural Center
Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a 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 the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Randolph/Wabash • 2 min walk
  • Lake • 4 min walk
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John D
2 contributions
Nov 2022
Used to be a wonderful place to hang out! Now it's dangerous! The Culture Center is becoming a no-go zone.
Written 22 November 2022
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FAY E
108 contributions
Nov 2022
This building must be priceless given the architecture, marble, dimensions, etc. Really awesome to visit and photograph.
Written 8 November 2022
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,277 contributions
Jul 2022
Expected much more of this place even though it was free to enter.

The top floor showing ‘world class art’ was closed off completely.

The Grand Army of the Republic Hall was massive and virtually empty.

There was some guff about needing to preserve things so it was all hidden away in a library somewhere, but not sure why a library would be better. We’d seen more valuable artefacts in countless museums so what’s the big deal here not displaying things.

Jin Lee photography was quite interesting but the best surprise was an exhibition of old photos of the Chicago Fire, which we found by chance on the way to the rest rooms.
Written 18 October 2022
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Paula T
19 contributions
Oct 2022
Beautiful, historic architecture, fascinating inside and out. Both the old Chicago Public Library main building (now the Chicago Cultural Center) and the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall are stunning, with beautiful marble, polished brass, mosaics, and breathtaking stained glass domes. Check out what's going on when you're in town - at various times there are art exhibits and music and other performances. Really a gem of a building and venue.
Written 16 October 2022
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Marcia B
Bloomfield, CT143 contributions
Jun 2022
Visiting this landmark is free. It is made up of a four-story north side and a five-story south side. When I visited, I did the tour with the aid of a tour guide You can tour the building by climbing the stairs or taking the elevator. Its shining glory is its two large stained-glass domes. Touring it was worth the visit.
Written 6 October 2022
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Monabhi29
Florida217 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
The architecture inside is worth the visit . Many exhibits were closed though due to some construction . But still beautiful and peaceful.
Written 14 September 2022
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Brent M
3 contributions
Aug 2022
Calm quiet art exhibits, nice and cool on a hot summer day. We saw the Tiffany Dome (2nd floor) although they were setting up for a wedding.
Written 22 August 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,956 contributions
Jun 2022
This is an amazing gem in the middle of the city. While there were many guidebooks that tell you this is something worth seeing but they don't really tell you what. What you are seeing is the old public library that has a couple of the most ornate rooms. This is what you come to see and it is self guided so you can do it at really any time it is open and as fast or slow as you want. I think it was totally worth seeing, the two glass dome rooms and reception room were incredible, see the pictures. The exterior is also beautiful on Michigan Ave. Again this can be a fast stop to see some architectural interior jewels.
Written 11 August 2022
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bobx77
Florida2,319 contributions
Aug 2022
I was send there by a friendly lady at the city hall.
Following her description, I expected more!

But: hey! It’s for free!
So why not give it a try?
Written 4 August 2022
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Michele W
15 contributions
Jul 2022
The architecture and content in this former library is worth the visit. Don't miss the restored glass domes, staircases, and interesting Civil War exhibit
Written 4 August 2022
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CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Chicago Cultural Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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