Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Located at
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Chicago Cultural Center Events

Arts and culture enthusiasts can explore Chicago's landmark building dedicated to art, music, and the performing arts. You won't want to miss the free concerts, film screenings, lectures, art exhibits and special events geared towards fostering creativity and preserving the cultural history of the city. Start at the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center, or join a public or private walking tour. You'll be impressed by the 19th-century Beaux Arts-style building, and its stunning Tiffany stained-glass domes.

Details:

Admission: All events are free
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Facilities: Landmark Chicago Gallery, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, Exhibit Hall

Activities:

  • Join a public group tour of the building
  • Catch the ongoing performing arts series
  • Experience Wired Fridays
  • Attend a free film screening
  • Marvel at the two Tiffany stained-glass domes

How To Get Here

The city's buses and trains, and the METRA commuter rails all conveniently stop near the Cultural Center. If you're arriving by car, parking is available at the Millennium Park Garage, Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Garages.

Chicago's First Library

The Chicago Cultural Center was originally the city's first library and was founded in 1834. It circulated about 300 volumes and a collection of 30,000 books. Today, the main library is located nearby in the post-Modernist Harold Washington Library Center.

FAQ

Q1: Chicago Cultural Center Tours

A1: Want to learn more about one of the city's landmark buildings? Join a public group tour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15 p.m. You'll come face to face with the world's largest Tiffany stained glass dome, beautiful mosaics, and architectural wonders throughout the center.

Q2: Stained Glass Dome Fun Facts

A2:
  • The world's largest stained glassed dome
  • Main Tiffany dome uses 30,000 pieces of glass and is 38 feet wide
  • The north side dome is 40 feet wide and uses 50,000 pieces of glass


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