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Chicago Cultural Center

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Downtown / The Loop
As featured in Budget Chicago and 2 other guides
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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Phone Number:
+1 312-744-3316
09:00 - 19:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural...

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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Warm, dry and free!

Really enjoyed our visit, particularly on a cold, windy and wet day in Chicago. Really interesting building full of history and beautiful art. And the best thing was it was free... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit, particularly on a cold, windy and wet day in Chicago. Really interesting building full of history and beautiful art. And the best thing was it was free! Amazing in the US where just about everything seems to have a price tag. Highly recommend visiting. It's great!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unless there is an event going on this place is just a place to gaze and cool off in the summer. Staff didn't seem too informative or wanting to offer some history. So I just looked real quick and left.

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East Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I absolutely loved visiting the Cultural Center. It was centrally located around everything we wanted to see. The exhibits were phenomenal - really well thought out pieces of art and a really fun interactive portion as well. I was a bit disappointed that one particular exhibit was closed but it wasn't the end of the world. This stop was well... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If there are tours available for this building, or if you can research it before you go, do it. We just kind of popped in to be nosey and I wished the whole time I knew what I was looking at. Crazy cool architecture, with all kinds of history. Next time we are in Chicago I'm taking a historic or... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Recommended by a tour guide from the boat tour, we went there, and by chance we were included in a noon jazz concert, that included the explanations given by one of his members. He tried to desmitify the Jazz. High Quality

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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We first went to this building to sign up for a InstaGreeter tour. We arrived early so we toured the building. We were able to see the exhibits housed in the center and explore around the building freely for the most part. The two Tiffany glass domes were spectacular and so beautiful. The building walls were made with glazed tile... More 

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New Orleans, LA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful building and thanks to Mrs. Daly it was preserved for all to see. Do not miss this seemingly hidden gem. Check in with the greeter on the first floor for current exhibits and do NOT miss the Tiffany dome! In all of my planning, no one mentioned this incredible building. So glad I found it and was... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I learned about the Tiffany glass ceilings housed at the Chicago Cultural Center on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. I made a special trip back to the building to see the ceilings. WOW are they spectacular. One of them is reportedly the largest suspended Tiffany Glass ceiling in the world. The greens and blues, and the level of detail, are marvelous.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Beautifully constructed building with engraved quotes from famous writers from the ages. From a time when things were built with a penchant for the finer details.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Next to the fact that the building is beautiful, the expositions that were on display while I was there were really amazing! They combine art and culture in a very impactful way. And, if you're lucky, there might be a concert in the dome. I walked into a beautiful piano play.

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