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“Such a beautiful building, and it's free!”

Chicago Cultural Center
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Ranked #15 of 657 things to do in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 31 August 2014

When the Cultural Center was built in the late 1800s, both the Chicago Public Library and the GAR wanted to be the focus. Now both are represented. Truly elegant spaces with elaborate ceilings and walls! On the first floor is a series of photos of buildings, all of which someone tried to save, some successfully and some not. On the upper floor is modern, playful sculpture. A great place to wander, plus it has good bathrooms.

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

This is a beautiful building and an excellent stop for tourists. It seemed that many locals were also using this space. The visitors center is great, with many free maps and informational brochures. The Tiffany dome is simply magnificent! There is also some art and a photo gallery that is great for an introduction to Chicago history.

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

What a lovely lovely building, which holds so many attractions, such as the Tiffany Stained Glass Dome, a tourist information centre, art exhibits and a peaceful place to sit and rest. A "must see" while in Chicago.

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

The admission to the Chicago Cultural Center is free, so visit it.
The Tiffany's ceiling is well worth to see.
They have exhibitions from different artists, too.
The Design Chicago exhibition is ok, it did not blow my mind.
I did like the Hebru Brantly and the Adelheid Mers exhibitions

Thank VeroArgentinaJapon
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The Chicago Cultural Center used to be the Central Library so look at the sign on the facade. It is located across the street from the Millenium Park. Drop in and take the elevator to see the largest Tiffany stained glass dome in the world. The hall on this floor is decoraed with mosiacs with quotes on libraries on books. The walk down the beautiful staircase.

Thank Rosslyn H
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