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Mon.- Thurs. 8am- 7pm, Fri. 8am- 6pm, Sat. 9am- 6pm & Sun. 10am- 6pm
When to Go:
Weekdays are quietest
The Chicago Cultural Center caters to those who need accessible features.
- The Cultural Center Chicago houses some of the best Chicago art galleries, exhibits, musical performances and more in a neoclassical Chicago building built in 1897.
- Chicago events regularly hosted by the Chicago Cultural Museum include live music, Chicago tours and film showcases.
- The Chicago Cultural Center is regarded as perhaps the best free attraction in Chicago.
78 East Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
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Features: The Chicago Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library. Completed at a cost of nearly $2 million, this remarkable monument was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
The building's structure consists of three-foot thick masonry walls faced with Bedford limestone that are set 104 feet above a granite base. Sumptuous materials used in the interior design include rare imported marble, fine hardwood, stained-glass, and polished brass, as well as mosaics of Favrile glass, colored stone and mother-of-pearl. The building's most notable features are its spectacular stained-glass domes. The 38-foot dome in the Preston Bradley Hall at the south end of the building is the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, valued at an estimated $35 million.
As one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, this landmark building is the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions presented annually by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Through collaborative programming, admission-free exhibitions and programs covering a wide range of the performing, visual, and literary arts are presented on practically every day of the year.
The Randolph Café is a gathering place where patrons can enjoy cappuccino, teas, juices, baked goods and scheduled jazz, folk, pop, blues and cabaret-style performances.
- Historic Building: Group Tours of the historic Chicago Cultural Museum take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, or you can always tour this popular Chicago landmark on your own no matter what day of the week it is.
- Chicago Art Exhibitions: The Cultural Center in Chicago hosts some of the best Chicago art exhibitions from local and International artists, with frequent turnover to keep the galleries fresh for everyone.
- Live Music and Theater: The Cultural Center Chicago regularly features International musicians and local live acts compliments of the International Music Foundation, and Chicago theater companies perform throughout the year - for free - at the Chicago Cultural Museum Downtown.
Inside Knowledge: Given its beautiful interior and convenient location near Millennium Park, it's no wonder that the Cultural Center Chicago is a favorite Chicago wedding location. Visit their Web site to find out how to host your next private party or wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Check the Schedule: With so many entertaining Chicago events taking place each day at the Chicago Cultural Museum, you'll want to check out the Chicago events schedule online to find out what's in store at this popular free Chicago attraction.
- Do Bring the Kids: This family friendly Chicago attraction Downtown caters to the young ones, and offers up frequent events and exhibits the little ones are sure to appreciate.
- Don't Forget Your Camera: From the beautiful interior architecture to the thrilling live music performances, you'll definitely want to document your time at the Cultural Center Chicago.
- Don't Miss the Visitor's Resource Center: Located on the first floor of the Cultural Center Chicago, the Visitor's Resource Center is perfect for first-time Chicago tourists looking for a little inside information on the best Chicago sites and scenery.