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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
Theater District
+1 312-744-3316
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An amazing tourist (and local resident attraction too!) attraction is the Chicago Cultural Center. There is so much going on in this stunning building that has two magnificent stain glass domes, a theater, five galleries for incredible exhibits and it is all FREE. You can...More

Thank JimDion
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Tiffany done is just beautiful. Well worth a visit. The inside of this building is just as beautiful as the outside.

Thank Gardendiva2
Reviewed 1 week ago

A tour guide recommended the cultural center as a stop. I entered using the Washington Street entrance and was blown away! Stunning

Thank lovetotravel57033
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic Building. I visited it during Open House Chicago days. Tiffany glass dome is beautiful. The two parts of the building, which are the same from outside but different from inside, are also interesting

Thank grigolm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether catching a free concert, looking at an art exhibit, (or using the bathroom while wandering downtown,) we love this place.

Thank kmaFL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love beautiful architecture, you must go here to see the two domes! Both are striking, and evoke completely different moods. The Tiffany dome (and the surrounding area) is light and amazing. The memorial dome area is sombre and impressive. If you only have...More

1  Thank LoriReviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tiffani dome is world renowned, and the Civil War Hall must also be admired. When we visited this time the exhibition was of twentieth century African-American commercial art: both attractive and enlightening, as the context is made very clear. Given that entry is free...More

2  Thank operalover939
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I fall in love with this place every-time I come here. The tile work itself is a marvel. The intricate work on the mosiac further compliments the place. The glass dome creates a beautiful atmosphere in the building, which makes you want to stay inside...More

1  Thank KevinAndrew356
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want to see what the art scene was like around 1900? Check out the Cultural Center--and be sure to see the Tiffany dome and marvel at the intricate mosaics throughout.

Thank Wanderer00510512639
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor of Chicago has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders. Opened in 1897, it is located at 78 East Washington Street, in the Loop, across...More

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Arnold T
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Yes, I took pictures inside
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.