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Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

9.238 reviews
Sights and Museums, Performing Arts, Art Gallery
Ranked #33 in Chicago things to do
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3316
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html/
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Visit the Chicago Cultural Center for a wide variety of activities, including free music, theater, dance, lectures, exhibits and films. The elegant and beautiful building features two stunning stained ... Read more
glass domes, serving as centerpieces of the landmark building. The building first opened as a library in 1897 and now enjoys an international reputation for cultural arts. Throughout the year, visitors to the Chicago Cultural Center benefit from numerous free shows and exhibitions. At the same time, artists and performers throughout the world benefit from the showcase provided by the center.

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Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Absolutely gorgeous building! I was here for a great discussion about free expression on campus and the setting is just amazing. These pictures don’t come close to doing it justice.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois, USA

One of the best Architectural Expositions in the US. A lot of diversity and ideas from great designers and artists.

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Seattle

While in Chicago, make sure to check out the beautiful Tiffany stained glass chandelier at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Chandler, Arizona

Had a very fun time exploring the new cultural center in Chicago! Best part was looking at the different art exhibits within the building.

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Columbia, Missouri

Amazing turn of the century architecture. Hard to believe that it's located in a heartland city and not in Italy, Russia, or Hungary.

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Unfortunately, I did it have a lot of time to explore the Chicago Cultural Center-- but what I did see was an architecturally gorgeous building and a series of galleries featuring a variety of artists. And it was FREE! It will definitely be a return stop on my next visit.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois

Beautiful building! Has great programs and classes. I enjoy classes there. Worth seeing for the culture.

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They always have wonderful free galleria but the front desk is little help so consider going on the website first so you won't get lost while your there!

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Seattle, Washington, USA

This used to be a Chicago public library and is rich in architectural and political history. A must see if you are in Chicago.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois

With frequently changing exhibits, the Center is a place worth revisiting. In addition to the visibly gorgeous infrastructure, the Center houses wonderful artistic displays rich in reflections of Chicago- past, present and future day. There's no entry fee, a fun public work space (pictured) and countless brochures on other Chicago cultural havens.

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San Jose, California, USA

With all the tiled mosaic in elaborate patterns, one might mistake the interiors of this building for a former temple rather than a former public library. The names of the great authors on the walls, however, quickly straighten out this misperception. Fun fact: in an attempt to preserve the English language so close to the French border of Canada, England sent tomes of books.... As there was no library at the time, one was built (fancy, like all the expensive books). Today, there are no more bookshelves, but there are many weddings and art showcases.

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Singapore, Singapore

Everything from art exhibitions to live musical and theatrical performances to film screenings are held weekly in this Chicago landmark dedicated to providing an accessible arts space. Operated by the city of Chicago, the cultural center is a teaching and display place that is open to the public and often used as an educational resource. It absolutely bears noting that the building is magnificent and decorated with beautiful tile mosaics that pay homage to Western Civilization's greatest writers and thinkers. There is a huge glass dome in the center's main ballroom that is absolutely stunning in its scope and detail, and which makes the ballroom a popular setting for wedding receptions.

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London, UK

Both an example of beautiful Chicago architecture and an easy stop for travel information and wifi.

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Vancouver, Canada

Formerly the main public library of Chicago, this is a great place to start your trip in Chicago. The tourism information center is here as well as the meeting place of Chicago Greeters. The building's main attraction is the world's largest tiffany dome. There are free concerts as well as free art exhibitions.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA

Very pretty venue that is often used for events like weddings. It is architecturally significant and close to the Art Institute and Millenium Park.

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Moss Beach

A great place to start you visit to Chicago, the Cultural Center is in the former Chicago Public Library, an architectural treasure. It now offers free public events: music, exhibitions, dance, lectures and plays. Inside you'll find the visitor information center offering lots of free advice on what to do in town.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

The architecture of this building, built in 1890, is alone worth a visit - it has what may be the world's largest Tiffany dome and the Healy-Millet dome. But if you have time to go inside, you'll find a selection of free art shows, performances and concerts.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois

Walking in here reminds me why I love this city so much. All this art and history for free? Yes, please, and thank you! This place has got a constant revolving door of art exhibits and wonderful factoids about the city's history line every corridor (did I mention it's free)? The building itself (which use to be the old public library) is gorgeous and, if art & history is your thing, you could wander around forever in here. Literally, forever because the layout is a little wonky but I think that's because of its original purpose as a public library with study rooms and such. Also, this building houses cultural, creative spaces for working artist in the community-like Project Onward-which is specifically set up to benefit artists in the city with mental and physical disabilities. Seriously, this place is a cultural landmark in and of itself and you will not regret a peek inside for a moment!

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Local from Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Cultural center is a great starting point for any Chicago explorer. They have a whole tourist section, plus tons of tables and chairs and free wi-fi. There are also a bunch of exhibits throughout the center, composed of everything from artwork to history lessons. Best of all it is free.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois, USA

This used to be the old downtown public library. Now there is cool cultural exhibits often dealing with the history or Chicago, there is great architecture inside. A nice quite place to meetup with someone and roam the halls or just for afternoon lunch

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