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Chicago Cultural Center

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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...more
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-744-3316
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A hidden gem...not many know about it....the information centre desk is so helpful ..took a lift to Preston Bradley Hall..named after a famous theologian.the dome is of stained glass known as Tiffany dome surmounted on pillars n walls made up of decorative mosaics.. Walked down...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's next to impossible to describe here in detail what important role Chicago Cultural Center plays in the cultural life of the city. Its long and rich history (it opened in 1897) is in all historic books and encyclopedias. Today it is a very public...More

Thank irina g
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed walking through the Chicago Cultural Center on our recent visit to Chicago. What a lovely building, a former library. I loved the magnificent ceilings and domes and tile. What a fine structure to enjoy on our visit to Chicago!

Thank wkgal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really happy to see Chicago making such great use of the historic library building. The art & cultural activities on exhibit & taking place in the building are impressive.

Thank skimom54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been in Chicago many times, we'd never stopped by the Cultural Center until last visit. Wish we'd gone before. The building is absolutely beautiful. Make sure you visit all the floors - cool exhibitions, and the windows, ceilings and fixtures themselves alone are worth...More

Thank dwg51357
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jack C. led this free, informative and fun stroll around downtown Chicago. He immediately bonded with all the walkers based upon his own travels to their cities/countries around the world, and his passion for the city's history was infectious. (He even described distances in metric...More

Thank Ignatius_Canning
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by the cultural center after walking through Millenium Park and checking out Cloud Gate. The building was quite beautiful with two glass domes, one made with Tiffany glass. We were thankful for the AC and the clean restrooms which are hard to find...More

Thank W7858EGkimberlyb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free and beautiful. Go see all floors. The marble inlays are amazing and the Tiffany dome too gorgeous for words.

Thank 3catnight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was really excited to visit the Keith Harring exhibit. Until I was greeted by Ms. Passive Aggression. There were no signs posted anywhere indicating I could not walk in with a cup of coffee (that had a lid btw). I even made a point...More

Thank BRCH87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful center with lots to see. No charge to get in to view the main exhibits. The information desk was very helpful and knowledgeable of the surrounding area.

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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
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Arnold T
19 May 2018|
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Joseline N
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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.