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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 today

This building is a celebration of books and how important the ability to read is for everyone. The mosaics are fantastic. They are like paintings. Very special. Best of all it is free for everyone.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We wouldn’t have been in here if it wasn’t for our Chicago Greeter. It’s a stunning building inside and an absolute must see!

Thank HayleyNZ87
Reviewed 2 days ago

The largest tiffany dome is in the Cultural Center. Along with that is some of the most elaborate architectural detail! It is stunning! Make time to walk through. It is free!

Thank _tsholcombe0320
Reviewed 2 days ago

Imagine this jewel of a building (former city library), with its gorgeous mosaics, marble and tiffany ceilings was slated to be demolished? Now it hosts concerts, a youth drama group, loads of temporary exhibits, an after-school organization, and even offers guided tours. Just across from...More

Thank LaurieMcL1959
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of my first stops when moving to the city. I was impressed with the countless number of programs, galleries, displays and beautiful decor in the huge and magnificent building. This is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours wandering through galleries. Definitely...More

Thank tamara b
Reviewed 5 days ago

The most amazing glass ceiling from Tiffany's that you have to see and photograph, just gorgeous!!!! There was a sunday concert going on, so it was a big plus for us.

Thank FoodieChefDina
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have taken several of my high school classes to this place and they have loved the tour. It is not to long that they become bored and the enjoy the architecture and history of the building. We have combined this tour with the Cloud...More

Thank Kristen T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in here before seeing a show because of the Tiffany dome. Beautiful building with interesting exhibits and friendly employees. Definitely a place to stop in and see while walking around Chicago.

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Chicago based relative brought us here for a quick walk to see the architectural details. Wow. I would say a must see on any walking tour downtown. They just don't build anything this way anymore. The Tiffany dome is just part of the wonderful...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The charm of this center is the local exhibits. When we visited, several exhibits from local schools were on display. Definitely visit the 2nd floor to see the rotundra stained glass. Amazing and quiet place to take in the beauty of the craftmanship. It was...More

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