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Chicago Cultural Center

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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...more
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78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Theater District
+1 312-744-3316
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited on recommendation of a tour guide from the Architecture center. Beautiful place. Lovely mosaics, stained glass ceilings, and other building decor. Will go back for the free tour.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kmz88
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. The mosaics and Tiffany dome are incredible. It's a great place to take a break out of the weather to catch your breath, eat a treat, use the facilities, and see the other displays offered...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KimKn4
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago Cultural Center is an astoundingly beautiful place. My walking tour guide recommended to see it. Boy, was he right! When you walk in, you feel like you are in a fairy tale. Even the Arctic Freeze could not stop me form coming back for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank yuliab290
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The domed window is beautiful. The exhibits change, so you can go more than once and see different things. It's great for a short visit as well. If you don't have a whole lot of time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank phreakmamapink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have 20 minutes to spare, go into this building, I don't think you are going to regret it. It is definitely beautiful to walk around and check out for half an hour or so.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KJN-Family
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chicago Cultural Center is a decent place to go if you like architecture as there two fantastic domes located inside along with some art work. There are some free walking tours which start from here which are worth going too as well. However nothing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JXXXR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just happen to stop by. The architecture is beautiful. I was fortunate to have seen the African American exhibit. This brought back many chid hood memories along with the experiences my parents and grandparents lived through.

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank travelmike357
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful buiding in Chicago. You can spend a few hours if you visit the expositions or an half hour if you only look at the magnificient domes. All of this is free.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ana100462
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Quite apart from the fabulous Tiffany Dome in the Preston Bradley Hall, this fine building has many other lovely features and a number of exhibitions and structures. I particularly enjoyed the Piranesi Circus Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo, Japan). It is an intriguing mix of circus and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lavarcham
Reviewed 15 January 2019

This enormous building includes two huge spaces each with a stained glass done. One is devoted to the Grand Army of the Republic, and bears symbols connected to the Civil War and the other is the former central branch of the Chicago Public Library. each...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Arnold T
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Response from srhorer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took pictures inside
Jennifer J
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Response from 507adventurelover | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are elevators to access the upper floors.