Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago Cultural Center
4.5
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
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The area
Address
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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kkmckendree
Battle Creek, MI154 contributions
May 2022
A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!
Written 10 May 2022
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cdgardner
Collinsville, IL11 contributions
Apr 2022
We were so happy we went to the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s hard to believe this beautiful building was going to be demolished but was thankfully saved. Be sure to sign up for the free public tour - definitely worth your time. The building is simply beautiful!! After the tour, we went to Pizano’s Pizza.
Written 2 May 2022
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,309 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
This building is a wonderful place to visite. The art nouveau decor is fantastic. There were several exhibitions free to visit, but the jewel of the crown was the building itself.
Written 9 April 2022
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Kate S
35 contributions
Apr 2022
For a free art museum, this is pretty good. Some of the exhibits were really awesome but some were kind of unimpressive and boring. Definitely a good way to kill time but I wouldn't go out of my way to come visit.
Written 7 April 2022
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roundtheworld161
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Apr 2022
I stopped in this place to see the newly restored Grand Army of the Republic dome. When I asked the man at the front desk how to see it, instead of answering my straightforward question, he proceeded to get incredibly creepy and attempt to flirt/sexually harass me. I left in disgust. How do they hire these people?
Written 5 April 2022
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HeathMO
Waynesville48 contributions
Mar 2022
This is an amazing building with beautiful marble staircases, a gorgeous Tiffany dome and intricate tile work on a grand scale. The fourth floor had a fascinating exhibit (until May 29) Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott. I learned a great deal about race, identify and Colescott's clever way of expressing his perspective. The panoramic photograph of the Chicago fire blends the original glass plates of photographs into an impressive view of the devastation of the fire. This center is well worth your time and it is free!
Written 25 March 2022
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Warren K
Hayfield, UK17 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Exquisitely beautiful interior, with the largest Tiffany glass and mural led ceilings. Simply breathtaking. And free!

On top of that exhibitions of art from the less showy and famed artists on at the Institute over the road. We’ll worth spending a couple of hours here. Even the gift shop was extraordinary, being almost an art exhibition in itself.

Only downside was significant refurbishment meant that some exhibitions were closed, although better signage would have meant we wouldn’t have had to wander the building fruitlessly.
Written 21 March 2022
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Schmidly6
White Lake, MI281 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
I was speechless at the beauty of this place. The care and craftsmanship that went into creating the mosaics and patterns here is beyond description. I could have stayed here all day! Pictures of Chicago fire in hallway were amazing as well
Written 9 March 2022
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Hanan C
California643 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
From outside, you wouldn’t know what’s inside. But the minute you step inside and walk up the grand stairs, you are ushered into a large room covered with a stupendous dome. Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass. Amazing!
The walls are covered with mosaics of hold, stones and mother-of-pearl. The arches have names of classic philosophers and famous writers. It’s amazing to imagine that this building was Chicago’s public library. Now it has a theater, an art gallery and a dance studio.
Written 28 November 2021
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elaine92373
California33 contributions
Oct 2021
Free Docent Tour Thursday and Friday 115 pm . Free admission to the Cultural Center . Large wall display of the Chicago Fire.
The Tiffany Glass Dome is beautiful. Tile works and Marble every where.
Written 30 October 2021
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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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