Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

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A landmark building and the nation’s first free municipal cultural center, Chicago Cultural Center hosts music, dance and theater performances, films, lectures, art exhibits, and family events throughout the year. Completed in 1897, the building was designed in a generally neoclassical style with Italian Renaissance elements. The cultural center offers much to admire, including Roman arches, Cosmati walls, grand marble staircases, and a richly decorated Civil War memorial. Don’t miss Preston Bradley Hall, which features glass mosaics and the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world with approximately 30,000 glass pieces. Check online to see what events are running during your visit. The building also houses a visitor information center, which makes it a great first stop on your Chicago journey. Make your Chicago itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • A tour guide recommended the cultural center as a stop. I entered using the Washington Street entrance and was blown away! Stunning  more »
  • It is a historic building, with a lot of tradition, and where many movies were filmed. I recommend a visit to appreciate the beautiful mosaics and the beautiful dome. There are free guided tours
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  • Beautiful building... This was originally the Chicago Public Library, built with international donations after the Chicago fire, and filled with books gifted from other English-speaking countries. It is a great place to check out if you want an art fix on your lunch break, or if you are a tourist looking for sightseeing advice. The building itself is worth a look, as it is beautiful. Weddings are performed here by the Marriage Court judges on Fridays, if you've always wanted to be a wedding crasher.
  • Beautiful building full of history. I love that they offer different tours. We did the one that took you through the cultural center and around the city. It was informative and exciting to get history behind all the buildings on the way. I would recommend doing the tour and going back on your own and checking the building out at your own pace. There's so much to see you can easily spend a day there.

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