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.
Chicago Cultural Center reviews
Not knowing what to expect, we checked out the Chicago Cultural Center. There is a wonderful display on the 5th floor of comics, and the cartoonists who created them, as they appeared in the Chicago.... more »
Go in and see the stained glass dome. The stained glass and mosaic tile work is just stunning. It’s free, and it’s located near a lot of other attractions like Millennium park. It’s the perfect... more »
Great spot that has the mixed feeling of a grand library and a museum. Lots of exhibits and showings here on a wide variety of subjects concerning Chicago from modern art to modern film. A little bit of historical information used for setting the scene for the needs and plans for the future. Unique exhibits covering modern art, to easy-to-understand graphical public notices. Some of the special exhibits are also quite unique with one on Brazil’s São Paulo region’s housing costs and how micro apartments are being created to lower housing costs and make it more affordable for the vast majority of low income residents. Completely free so there’s no excuse to not swing by.
I totally love this place because it had so much of Chicago's culture. I learned so much about it, plus it brought back great memories.
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