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Chicago Cultural Center

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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number: +1 312-744-3316
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural...

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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Spectacular Tiffany mosaic

Amazing building and jaw dropping Tiffany mosaic and light fittings. Could not believe this building was going to bulldozed in the seventies. This is a must see.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing building and jaw dropping Tiffany mosaic and light fittings. Could not believe this building was going to bulldozed in the seventies. This is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's right across the street from Millenium Park, so even if you weren't planning on doing anything else, just pop in to have a look at the dome because the hall that it's in is quite a lovely function space too. Don't just focus on the dome though - have a look at the walls and the inscriptions too, it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Former home of the Chicago Public Library, now preserved as a great example of architecture. Two magnificent Tiffany domes, great rotating art exhibits, all free! Near the Bean and other Millenium Park attractions, great place to duck into if the weather's not great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Go for the ceilings, go for the history, go for the mosaics, go for the Tiffany glass, go cuz its free. Go. Go. Go. Don't miss if you are in Chicago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely one of the most visually striking places I have been, and hard to believe that it's free admission. The Tiffany dome and the mosaic tile are both so gorgeous that pictures don't really do it justice, but here's my best effort. Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the building itself! They offer free guided tours of the city that are excellent at any price. Chiacgo has so much to offer and this is a great place to start!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been told the cultural center which started life as the public library had the largest Tiffany dome in at least the US. We stopped in on our way to another destination. The floor is mosaic in a lot of the building, but upon entrance we saw no dome. We had to ascend the stairs to the second floor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building. The old library. Such a wonderful dome done by Tiffany's . It work to be seeing just for the architecture itself. If there will an exhibition as well, it is always a plus.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Chicago for the first time and this was right near Millennium Park so we thought we'd take a look. I'm glad we did as the entry is free and so pretty inside. The dome is gorgeous and the mosaic tilework is beautiful too. Make sure you go to the different entrances as there are different things to look at.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centrally located, friendly staff and free entrance - all great! I didn't have time to take the free 1h tour, but just popped up see the Tiffany domes which were mesmerising. Since free entry, do pop in to see them if you have a few minutes.

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