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Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
+1 312-744-3316
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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 stained-glass domes, and annually presents hundreds of free cultural exhibits and performances. Admission is free.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A good place to stop in for a while if you're cold walking around the Bean. Beautiful architecture. Free admission.

Thank Skye M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This former public library now serves as a dynamic cultural space right in downtown Chicago. I went on two separate docent tours - one about the building's history and one about the current exhibition in honor of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (on thru 7 Jan...More

1  Thank Em F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are free tours, but we just walked through. It is free. There were a number of exhibits and they were fun. The tiffany ceiling is beautiful. (there were exhibits, paintings, and historic pictures.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The former Chicago Public Library built in 1897 is one of the most visited buildings in Chicago and contains two huge glass domes, one a 38-foot diamater Tiffany glass dome, the largest Tiffany glass object in the world, and the other a 40- foot diameter...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide Pete (?) was superb. Despite having a cold, he was professional, interesting and opened up the fantastic pre-depression buildings to us. A star - thank you.

Thank Moc20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice building but you never imagine what you can see on the 3rd floor. Free and really a well kept secret of Chicago

Thank Carlos R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building (old Chicago Library) is beautiful!! Every room has the most gorgeous ceilings and the 2 stained glass domes are breath taking. The architecture exhibit right now is very abstract and I didn’t get much of it. Also, there really wasn’t much about Chicago...More

Thank Shelliu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for a quick visit. Ran through the temporary exhibit which was being viewed by a lot of people. Then made our way upstairs to view the spectacular Tiffany stained glass dome. It was well worth the visit. Workers were setting up the...More

Thank Offthecouch65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Originally built as the city library after the Great Fire destroyed virtually all of Chicago. We stopped for about an hour while on a guided tour of Chicago. The workmanship is gorgeous. You can tell a lot of time and effort was put into the...More

Thank Levon M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The memorial hall for the Northern Army in the Civil War is quite splendid, and some of the other public rooms are also attractive. The Chicago Architecture Biennale is well worth a visit.

Thank operalover939
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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Joseline N
28 May 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
Jennifer J
28 April 2017|
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.
26 June 2016|
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Response from FloridaMomBRW | Reviewed this property |
No, all we had to do was walk in. This is also true for the wing that had art in it.... no charge.