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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 today

happened to be here by CBS social event and it was very nice to see the interior of the centre. great

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a real gem of a place, with stunning architecture as well as free concerts and art exhibits. It is a hidden gem that is well worth the visit!

Thank dven8
Reviewed 2 days ago

EN: I almost didn’t visit the Cultural Center because I’d already planned to go to so many museums. Fortunately, a few free hours one afternoon found me here, and I’m so glad I went! It’s completely FREE and open until 7 pm every day—lots of...More

Thank Anna D
Reviewed 4 days ago

My friend and I enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the building, wonderful art exhibits and concerts. Always a pleasure. One negative - the Tourist Bureau has changed and is limited in available materials and maps, and most importantly, the people who offered suggestions, answered questions...More

Thank fullofopinions18
Reviewed 4 days ago

To keep this short and simple, it is beautiful and a great learning experience. You will learn Chicago culture and see things you would not expect.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopping by for a few minutes is well worth it! It's free to go inside and see the spectacular dome and exquisite interior! Loved it!

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hard to believe this used to be a library! All of the Tiffany tile work in the ceiling and on murals was so beautiful! Its free to enter - hard to even describe how pretty it is.

Thank mujerlinda
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Hubby and I visited today. We were in awe. They don’t build buildings like that anymore! The architecture is stunning. They have free art exhibits. We spent two hours there very happily. It’s worth a visit, no doubt.

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 6 days ago

I believe this used to be the old library and years ago the dome was covered up and rediscovered during renovations. This is worth going into just to see the stain glass dome. I believe this is one of the largest in the world but...More

Thank CharlietheBlueJay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Tiffany glass and Tiffany tile -- stair cases that fly over the floors they connect -- This former library probably never did function well as a library. Unlike Milwaukee, where the insides were modernized to keep function, a new building was built for the...More

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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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I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.