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Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Museum, Event Space, and Cultural Center
The Loop, Chicago
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    Kathryn A.
    "Free! Beautiful Tiffany dome and architecture."(6 Tips)
    "Lovely interior with beautiful tiles & stained glass dome."(4 Tips)
    Jose S.
    "Morbid Curiosity It's free."(3 Tips)
    David O.
    "Art & photo exhibits, Tiffany glass main room is spectacular."(4 Tips)
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  • Shouku S.heart icon on user image
    Shouku ShafeieAugust 28, 2017
    It has a very nice and gorgeous architecture mixed with different cultures!!! Do not miss it when you are checking downtown!Maybe you can find sth unique on the walls or ceiling!!!💖
  • Noel R.heart icon on user image
    Noel RodriguezOctober 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to spend an afternoon at. There's a regular rotation of new galleries/art installments/events. Vast majority of which are free!! Largest Tiffany glass dome in the world is in the building.
    Upvoted Dec 9, 2023
  • Negin N.
    Negin NGNovember 17, 2014
    Beautiful old library, stunning interiors, cozy little gift shop where you can find amazing handmade stuff and last but not least, free performances. Grab your lunch and witness a nice show here.
  • Hotel Indigo
    Hotel IndigoJanuary 24, 2013
    If the best things in life are free, then a stroll through the neighborhood is a must. For those who prefer a private and personalized tour, we recommend a Walk Chicago Tour leaving from here. Read more
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareSeptember 14, 2013
    The Cultural Centre appears in The Untouchables (1987) as the location of the opera Al Capone attends, the courtroom exterior where Frank Nitti is frisked and the roof from which he is thrown.
  • Hotel I.
    Hotel IndigoJanuary 23, 2013
    If the best things in life are free, then a stroll through the neighborhood is a must. For those who prefer a private and personalized tour, Walk Chicago is our choice. Tours meet here. Read more
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyMarch 4, 2020
    Some small, free art to stumble upon but the glass dome by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company is truly spectacular.
  • Melody L.heart icon on user image
    Melody LeggeJuly 23, 2015
    What a neat place! So much culture and history here. This is a must for locals and tourists. Free exhibits and concerts. Good info on what to do around Chicago and tours are provided.
  • Angelica D.heart icon on user image
    Angelica DongalloMay 16, 2014
    Love love loved this building (both inside and out) and the exhibits/art. Check out the Mecca Flat Blues exhibit on the beautiful fourth floor through May 25.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    This marvelous Neoclassical palazzo was the city's 1st library in 1897. Come for the Tiffany glass dome, stay for the free public programs. – Green Guide Editor
  • Dion M.
    Dion MMay 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    How many great things can I say about this place. Beauty, culture, art...and bathrooms and places to charge a cell phone...both premiums in this downtown area!!! Be sure to see the Tiffany Dome!!!
  • Johanne B.heart icon on user image
    There is a free guided tour of the building that is definitely worth doing! It lasts about one hour and you learn a lot about the history of the building.
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph B.September 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The exhibits are nothing to boast of, buy everything around them is pretty cool. The classic reading room w/ WiFi & outlets, the Tiffany dome, the Grand Army of the Republic hall, etc. Awesome.
  • Jackie M.heart icon on user image
    Jackie MannAugust 21, 2015
    As a local Chicagoan, this is my absolute favorite building in the entire city. I take everyone here and I wander around it whenever I have time. Incredible!
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PalmerMarch 1, 2013
    Watch your step on the north stairs off of lobby in center of the building... there isn't much contrast and what you think is the last step might not be.. Otherwise an awesome place to view art.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff ByrnesOctober 18, 2019
    An absolutely stunning set of exhibits, and well-framed discussion of de-colonializing elements of Chicago & the US.
  • Tour Through A Lensheart icon on user image
    Tour Through A LensJuly 31, 2013
    I LOVE this place for photography. Though, since the changeover, I miss the friendly Visitor Center staff and comfortable feel on the First Level. Inviting for foreigners.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherAugust 27, 2014
    Dip in here if visiting the city and have a few minutes to spare. The guide will point out the highlights, the domes on the 3rd floor.
  • Anamaria H.heart icon on user image
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 14, 2014
    Incredible exhibit about Chicago designers and style! Be sure to check it on the fourth floor before it leaves in November. PS. It's FREE!
  • Darren C.
    Darren CalhounOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drop in on a Sunday afternoon, usually there is a free musical performance and there's always great exhibits to explore. It's one of the great FREE go-to spots in Chicago!
  • Eva G.heart icon on user image
    Eva GuadarramaMarch 14, 2016
    This is a nice place to visit, and it has many free public event you can attend. The glass roof inside is beautiful.
  • Erica M.heart icon on user image
    Erica McKeehenJanuary 12, 2013
    The Small Ordinary Shop has many beautiful handmade items from local artisans. Clothing, candles, bags, prints, and jewelry -- I wish I could just buy it all.
  • Daniel D.heart icon on user image
    Daniel DxlnNovember 4, 2015
    Such an inspiring and modern place for get together, meeting new people or visiting the awesome exhibition about architecture. 5/5
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    The architectural masterpiece, featuring a Carrara marble lobby and large windows, opened in 1897 and hosts more than 700 free exhibits, screenings, performances, and lectures every year.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    Completed in 1897 it was dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library. This monument was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TyznikAugust 30, 2019
    Wow this place was a hidden gem. The Tiffany hall is awe-inspiring.
  • Jose S.
    Jose SalinasJune 11, 2012
    On fourth floor. Morbid Curiosity It's free. Use your cell phone for a free audio tour. Art in real form!!! I like this galley better than the sex exhibit on Las Ramblas Barcelona. Go figure
  • lino b.heart icon on user image
    lino brescia™August 19, 2017
    Free to walk in. Beautiful ceilings. Defn take a stroll when you see the bean.
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place hosts some great, free public events and is connected to the Pedway via an elevator to the basement.
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    There are so many art exhibits to check out in this building, and the architecture is beautiful. Make sure you check out the stained glass ceiling. It's free, so don't be shy.
  • Renae M.heart icon on user image
    Renae MasonMarch 25, 2018
    See the Kerry James Marshall mural on the outside 😍🎨
  • Katie P.
    Katie PetroskiAugust 16, 2010
    Definitely worth a stop on Monday (free day)- the exhibits and dioramas are amazing! I did pick up some interesting history adaptations that my Texas textbooks must have "left out." Great place!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BurdickSeptember 1, 2011
    I love going here for free concerts, events, and art exhibits. Also, the building itself is well worth the experience, complete with beautiful mosaic-tile ceilings.
  • Worldbizheart icon on user image
    WorldbizSeptember 17, 2017
    Lovely interior with beautiful tiles & stained glass dome. Visual art exhibits. Free admission
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    This landmark building houses free public events, such as lectures, films, music and dance events. They have the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome. Read more
  • Shannon J.heart icon on user image
    Shannon JeropkeMarch 31, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is free so it’s worth a stop.
  • Kayla F.heart icon on user image
    Neat history and architecture!
  • Kathryn A.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn AndersonFebruary 5, 2017
    Free! Beautiful Tiffany dome and architecture. Also, it also features rotating exhibits that are interesting.
  • Eliane v.
    Eliane vdBOctober 12, 2012
    Chicago's first library and home to the world's largest Tiffany-glass dome ceiling. It was designed in the neo-classical style popularized by the 1893 World's Fair.
  • Amelia
    AmeliaNovember 21, 2014
    Always free, has some really intriguing exhibits you wouldn't see at a stodgy museum!
  • David O.heart icon on user image
    David OstrowAugust 20, 2016
    Art & photo exhibits, Tiffany glass main room is spectacular. Dame Myra Hess piano concerts there are great
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CallahanOctober 29, 2015
    Storycorps is located on the ground floor. Go in and record your story.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockNovember 8, 2013
    Very nice and enjoyed to stained glass domes and interesting exhibitsFree admission
  • My N.heart icon on user image
    My NguyenMarch 24, 2016
    If it's still there, see Theo Jansens "beasts"! If not, the local Chicagoan art exhibits are interesting.
  • Panos M.heart icon on user image
    Panos MarkopoulosJanuary 1, 2019
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 20, 2011
    The Chicago Cultural Center was the backdrop for several scenes from The Untouchables, including a performance of an opera in Preston Bradley Hall that moves Al Capone (Robert de Niro) to tears.
  • Panos M.heart icon on user image
    Panos MarkopoulosDecember 31, 2018
    Just the architecture. Nice building. Work walking through its halls. Exhibitions this day were kind of boring.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Most concerts, shows, exhibits and dance programs are free! Step inside and check the schedule (and don’t forget to look up – there are two gorgeous stained glass domes).Powered by Read more
  • Chirag P.heart icon on user image
    Chirag PatelJune 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    love checking out the interior of this old library. nice art exhibits and other events frequently. free.
  • Arnoud A.heart icon on user image
    Arnoud AalbersbergJune 30, 2015
    Great place to spend an evening with the Dutch Royals
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