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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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  • At the time of our visit they had a retrospective of artist ROBERT COLESCOTT. Fantastic! I perhaps had heard of him and recognized his paintings. The exhibit was very informative and the Chicago... 
    At the time of our visit they had a retrospective of artist ROBERT COLESCOTT. Fantastic! I perhaps had heard of him and recognized his paintings. The exhibit was very informative and the Chicago...  more »
  • From outside this cultural center looks pretty much ordinary, just like any other neoclassic bldg. However, when you enter you're blown away with stunning interiors with mosaics, chandeliers and the.....  more
    From outside this cultural center looks pretty much ordinary, just like any other neoclassic bldg. However, when you enter you're blown away with stunning interiors with mosaics, chandeliers and the.....  more »
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  • Their cultural center is free, so if you have time or need to duck out of the rain, it’s a fine place to stop. The building detail is spectacular. There isn’t much to see, but they do have two art galleries you can walk through. Elevators are available.
  • Great place to walk around and look at contemporary art (art made my artists who are alive today). A lot of young, artists of color represented. You can take 30 minutes or 2+ hours looking at the rotating exhibits and installations. There is a shop in the cultural center, prices are higher than expected but everything sold is created locally - some very cool pieces in there! Staff is friendly, space is kept clean, not particularly loud. There are sitting down spaces as well. Would recommend to anyone!

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