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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 via mobile

The world has plenty of museum people, non-museum people, and everything in between. This place is a nice stop for all types, where you’ll likely spend less or more time based on your interests. We are “somewhere in between” the 2 extremes, and enjoyed the...More

Thank NJPost99
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing visit of the CCC while doing a self-guided architectural walking tour. The building itself is great, the glass coupoles not to be missed as are the various quotes in many languages . Further to that, the exhibits on hand were interesting and well dusplayed....More

Thank Myriam I
Reviewed 1 week ago

I often "cut through" the Cultural Center instead of walking on MIchigan Avenue, mostly to see the incredibly beautiful mosaics and the Tiffany stained glass rotunda. I usually discover a new detail or feature I'd not seen before. They frequently have special exhibits and other...More

Thank Mary Beth R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for a brief time but really enjoyed viewing the dome in the center (on the third floor I believe). There are interesting literary sayings in different languages, representing the history of the building as a library.

Thank 881virginia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just happened to walk past this building and thought we would take a look - what a surprise - it is beautiful inside, full of lovely mosaics, glorious staircases and wonderful ceilings. There was an architectural exhibition on which was very interesting and we...More

Thank Nicky L
Reviewed 1 week ago

so you must take time to explore this building and admire the Tiffany glass dome and other spectacular rooms. Our excellent guide Bobbi with the Chicago Greeter program helped us discover it. truly impressive

Thank Karen7
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful building through out, one finds yourself looking up most of the time at the largest tiffany ceiling in the world and other ornate ceilings. This building use to be a public library, which is free to the public and hosts many exhibits and...More

1  Thank Barb F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building was such a surprise to us all. The tiffany glass dome is absolutely beautiful and all the glass mosaics are amazing. Beautiful sayings from our leading authors are dispersed thru out. This is a must see!!

Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place across from the park because we wanted to escape the November cold and rain, and we were in need of a bathroom. It was a lovely surprise. The interiors of this old library building are well worth seeing. The marble is...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there for an event, and it is a very cool place. I spent about ten minutes just staring at the ceiling, and lots of folks were taking pictures. They don't make them like this anymore. I'm not sure what would be open on...More

Thank MizzouLizard
Downtown / The Loop
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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.