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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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  • Average4%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-744-3316
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a peaceful place in the city to see a former library in all it's glory. If you're looking for a free activity, this is a great choice.

Thank kjb1187
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must visit for all book lovers. The Tiffany dome and the walls are enthralling to watch. absolutely beautiful!

Thank smilydip1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spectacular interior spaces. They do not build public buildings like this anymore. Not sure how to arrange entry, as we were part of a group dinner event there.

Thank Suenglish
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited Chicago Cultural Center as part of the "Treasures of Culture and Commerce" walking tour organized by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. This Palace, I do not know how to name this building otherwise, has the magnificent Tiffany ceiling - a real wonder. Everything is...More

Thank Marina A
Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolutely gorgeous place. The 3rd floor is a gem, the dome is spectacular and the mosaics alone are worth the visit. There is a small information desk on the ground floor, staffed by volunteers who are very enthusiastic about the building. Recommended.

Thank SydKat
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is the former Main Branch of the Chicago Public Library in the heart of downtown Chicago, the old "Loop". The Building encompasses beautiful classical architecture and design.

Thank Curt H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is the site of the original Chicago Public library. Though not on most top 10 lists, it is very much worth seeing. The wall designs and Tiffany glass domes are spectacular.

Thank iris423
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing and educational. Not a lot of people check this place out but it's a must do in Chicago!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love Chicago! I really and truly do. During one visit I ended up having a few hours to explore on my own, and I stumbled upon the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s a gem! I don’t know much about architecture, but I could tell this...More

2  Thank Raquel G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The intricate details in every corner of the interior are incredible and breathtaking. I enjoyed walking through the centre and seeing various exhibits. If I'd had more time to spend there, I would have.

Thank TravelManagerLoveIt
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
29 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.