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Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Museum, Event Space, and History Museum
The Loop, Chicago
138 Tips and reviews
  • architecture
  • tiffany dome
  • morbid curiosity
  • concerts
  • tours
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  • 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.
  • Noel R.
    Noel RodriguezOctober 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Angelica D.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittSeptember 5, 2014
    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.
  • Melody L.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tour Through A Lens
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Johanne B.
    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.
  • Darren C.
    Darren CalhounOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ 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!
    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.
  • Jackie M.
    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!
  • Erica M.
    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.
  • 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.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Daniel D.
    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.
  • Eva G.
    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.
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderMarch 9, 2015
    Pop in until 4/26/2015 for Alison Ruttan's powerful "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" exhibit in the ground floor Michigan Avenue Galleries.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 20, 2011
    The Chicago Cultural Center was the backdrop for several scenes from The Untouchables, including Frank Nitti’s (Billy Drago) dramatic demise at the hand of federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Kostner).
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place hosts some great, free public events and is connected to the Pedway via an elevator to the basement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Independent Lens | PBS
    Independent Lens | PBSAugust 29, 2011
    Did you know that ITVS Community Cinema offers free films every month at the Chicago Cultural Center? Click Read More to check out the listings. We hope to see you there! Read more
  • Keenan B.
    Keenan BroweJanuary 19, 2012
    In Preston Bradley Hall, just stand a li'l off to the west and look out the east windows, at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.I mean, stand towards one side of the awesome room and look at the awesome thing.
  • Chirag P.
    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.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockNovember 8, 2013
    Very nice and enjoyed to stained glass domes and interesting exhibitsFree admission
  • Maria E.
    Maria EvansAugust 5, 2011
    Browse the visitors' information center just off the main entrance for free brochures and coupons on Chicago attractions (including $2 for 2nd guest to Hancock Center skydeck)
  • Amelia
    AmeliaNovember 21, 2014
    Always free, has some really intriguing exhibits you wouldn't see at a stodgy museum!
  • David O.
    David OstrowAugust 20, 2016
    Art & photo exhibits, Tiffany glass main room is spectacular. Dame Myra Hess piano concerts there are great
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This gorgeous city landmark building is home to photography and sculpture exhibitions, and hosts film festivals.
  • Kathryn A.
    Free! Beautiful Tiffany dome and architecture. Also, it also features rotating exhibits that are interesting.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanOctober 29, 2015
    Storycorps is located on the ground floor. Go in and record your story.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 29, 2012
    This gorgeous city landmark building is home to photography and sculpture exhibitions, and hosts film festivals. -LW
  • Dima E.
    Dima ElissaFebruary 24, 2013
    Series each Sunday, from September to May, concerts are held in the Preston Bradley Hall at 3pm
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I enjoy the free music during lunch hour. there is free Wi-Fi but if you try to plug in your laptop a guard will yell at you.
  • My N.
    My NguyenMarch 24, 2016
    If it's still there, see Theo Jansens "beasts"! If not, the local Chicagoan art exhibits are interesting.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BardoNovember 25, 2011
    One of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago. Make sure you check out the rotunda upstairs!
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergMarch 12, 2012
    On 3/8/12, I was here for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development Conference on mobilizing investments for urban sustainability, job creation, & resilient growth:
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TroutmanJuly 24, 2013
    Definitely stop here. Beautiful old Library building and free exhibits!
    Examiner.comJanuary 28, 2011
    Drink chai, hear music, people-watch every day at the Chicago Cultural Center. Come and enjoy weekly concerts produced by the International Music Foundation. Read more
  • Prachi
    PrachiDecember 8, 2009
    Check their online calender for series of multi-cultural events which you can attend for free. The ambiance is nice and all performances are reputed and worth an accolade.
  • Hot Tix - Half Price Theatre Tickets
    Cross the street to visit the Hot Tix theatre geniuses and buy 1/2 price theatre tickets! Hundreds of shows every week.
  • Arnoud A.
    Arnoud AalbersbergJune 30, 2015
    Great place to spend an evening with the Dutch Royals
  • John B.
    John BroccardoFebruary 7, 2015
    Places to sit and free wifi, beautiful building and interior.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 19, 2014
    Fantastic architecture. Such history. Very pretty stained glass.
  • Cécile F.
    Cécile FdApril 30, 2014
    Really nice place, beautiful marble stair. Enjoy the free entry and all activities (concerts, movies, dance...)
  • DJ Mani M.
    DJ Mani MiglaniAugust 16, 2013
    The interior of the building is absolutely beautiful and stunning,
  • Liz N.
    Liz NeumaierOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Shop and swing in for Sunday Salon - sit on sides... Better view:)
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonDecember 27, 2014
    Free galleries and sitting areas are a good break for tired sightseeing feet
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeAugust 29, 2016
    Best free museum in the city.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiApril 5, 2016
    The stained glass dooms are beautiful!!
  • Diego F.
    Diego FDecember 1, 2015
    Incredible place a must go stop to any tourist
  • Kambriel
    KambrielAugust 8, 2016
    Everything best place for everyone.
  • Dan N.
    Dan NurczykMarch 10, 2013
    If you're in Chicago during the month of March, come see The Peace On Earth Film Festival.
  • Stephanie H.
    Great place to get lost.
  • James D.
    James DunsurfinAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a "secret" elevator entrance from the Pedway below.
  • Gardenia H.
    Gardenia Hung-WittlerOctober 3, 2012
    Randolph Café has the Lunchbreak Series Concert at 12:15 p.m.
  • Burt B.
    Burt BlanchardAugust 13, 2015
    Excellent exhibits. And staff
  • Gillespie G.
    Lovely architecture and great art work
  • Miriam B.
    Miriam BilskerAugust 26, 2015
    Beautiful mosaics, free concert Wednesday at 12:15 pm
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FinnFebruary 13, 2012
    A good place to get married when the county uses it one weekend a month.
  • Harold M.
    Harold MasonJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to spend your lunch hour.
  • Geri D.
    Geri D'FynizNovember 3, 2011
    Great place to view historical information about Chicago.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DolanAugust 12, 2013
    Every time I come in here is a new art experience!
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaffnerJanuary 31, 2014
    The gift shop is no longer here. Neither is the Art-O-Mat machine.
  • JD
    JDFebruary 11, 2013
    Go inside, look up, thank me later :-)
  • S. Veronika M.
    S. Veronika MannFebruary 20, 2014
    Check out the Mecca Flat Blues exhibit ... Meow!
  • Virginie L.
    Virginie LiaoJanuary 31, 2016
    Free performance every Wednesday starting at around noon.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoDecember 31, 2014
    Good place to take a rest charge your phones
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterNovember 21, 2013
    On the third floor is the world's largest Tiffany dome and it's free.
  • Juliya S.
    Free building Tours Wed-Sat at 1.15pm meet in Randolph Hall
  • Paris L.
    Paris LMarch 16, 2016
    Ask about group rates and special passes. ;-)
  • Lewis C.
    Lewis ClarkeApril 15, 2016
    The architecture is incredible!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BairdJanuary 31, 2011
    Watching the Civil Union being signed. I am grateful to be part of this event with Illinois history. Amazing.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!October 20, 2015
  • buckcappa
    buckcappaDecember 5, 2011
    Go to the fourth floor, and relax in sirenity in the great hall.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 19, 2014
    So many exhibits of wonder.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenMarch 7, 2013
    Where Eliot Ness throws Frank Nitti from the roof in The Untouchables.
  • Ilaria
    IlariaJuly 4, 2015
    Nice building, check the exhibition
  • Gina D.
    Gina DriskellFebruary 3, 2016
    The GAR Hall is really nice.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StoneAugust 1, 2011
    Beautiful tile work on the amazing staircases.
  • Kristin U.
    Kristin UngerJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Free guided tours of the building are on wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15pm.
  • meida m.
    meida mcnealApril 22, 2010
    Beautiful building. So many nooks and crannies to explore.
  • Jason M.
    Jason M.March 4, 2012
    Don't miss Morbid Curiosity and Write Now art shows
  • Deirdre H.
    Deirdre HarrisonMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent Cobb at the Creative Chicago Expo
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchnelleOctober 24, 2011
    Great way to spend some time downtown for free
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!June 2, 2016
    Cultural Center!
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesApril 23, 2011
    The Louis Sullivan Exhibit is superb
  • Mat B.
    Mat BurnettFebruary 15, 2016
    I'm here for some culture!
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroSeptember 2, 2016
    Conheça esse prédio histórico de graça, free wifi e sempre tem alguma exposição!
  • Diego Dier
    Diego DierOctober 3, 2015
    La sala principal con mosaicos del estudio Tiffanys es simplemente increible.
  • Roberto M.
    Hermoso lugar y tranquilo, vale la pena visitarlo por si domo de Tiffany.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SeixasFebruary 3, 2016
    Quem for a Chicago não deixem de visitar.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DziadzkoMarch 31, 2015
    Архитектура, декорации, выставки, концерты. Бесплатно.
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