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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tiffany dome” (353 reviews)
“public library” (118 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
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+1 312-744-3316
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"tiffany dome"
in 353 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 235 reviews
"public library"
in 118 reviews
"art exhibits"
in 109 reviews
"preston bradley hall"
in 56 reviews
"mosaic work"
in 37 reviews
"stained glass domes"
in 30 reviews
"millennium park"
in 165 reviews
"architectural gem"
in 31 reviews
"free tour"
in 44 reviews
"civil war"
in 27 reviews
"free concerts"
in 69 reviews
"open to the public"
in 23 reviews
"free attraction"
in 22 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 23 reviews
"the loop"
in 46 reviews
"on display"
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a good example of some of the stunning architecture you will find in downtown Chicago, if you just look a little bit. It also has some art exhibits that change regularly. And it is free and open to the public. Definitely worth a...More

Thank nancy p
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Reviewed yesterday

Chicago Cultural Center is a gem in downtown Chicago. Most beautiful architecture! Be sure to look up and notice the majestic ceilings. They have several art exhibits on display which are also worth a look.

Thank Catherine A
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Reviewed yesterday

My only experience with this place is from the outside. Was walking late at night (11:00 pm ish) back to my hotel on N. Michigan ave from the Plamer House ( in S. Loop). As soon as we "cleared "security" of the Palmer House) were...More

Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed yesterday

You can wander around the entire building and still miss some of the amazing details. They certainly don't build them like this anymore. Kudos to the City for preserving the building and allowing free access. We wanted to go to the Art Institute on a...More

Thank lulubird487
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We only stopped in for a few minutes while we were on a tour but I am so glad we did. The building is just beautiful and the tiffany dome is stunning and truly breathtaking.

Thank SueAnn2288
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tiffany glass dome in here is amazing - I didn't even know about it and learned about it on a tour, as well as the history of the building.

Thank photoskunk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While it is not really a museum nor a theatre, it does offer some small (and every interesting) exhibitions and movies/lectures regularly. All the events are totally free. Even you are just passing by and not coming here for any exhibitions or lectures, you can...More

Thank Saricie_Q
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought some out-of-towners here today, and they were awed by both the dome, and the amazing mosaic tile artwork.It is a beautiful place.

Thank cej0hns0n
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a guided tour of this building. Truly a remarkable treasure. A must see to view the marble inlays inside. We were in awe and thankful that some forward thinking city planners did not tear this building down as was planned approximately 30+...More

Thank Markie C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 1897 former Chicago Public Library now a Cultural Center and Chicago Landmark. Amazing architecture, mosaic tile work embellishments are not to be believed. And the Tiffany Dome is absolutely breathtaking. Visited Keith Haring's Chicago Murals exhibit. Terrific! Plenty to see. Free to the public.

Thank wkdsdenn
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Joseline N
28 May 2017|
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
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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.
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kanchana311
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.
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