Chicago Cultural Center

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INFO Considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Chicago Cultural Center is an event and exhibit venue as well as the headquarters for the city’s offices of tourism and culture. Built in 1892, the sprawling... ... read more

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Chicago Cultural Center  - Event Space in Chicago.

Considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Chicago Cultural Center is an event and exhibit venue as well as the headquarters for the city’s offices of tourism and culture. Built in 1892, the sprawling building is best known for its two stained-glass domes, each about 40 feet in diameter; one dome is made of Tiffany glass. Entrances on Randolph Street and Washington Street lead into a first floor housing the tourism office, café, a dance studio, and several galleries. The grand staircases lead to the upper floors, which hold numerous galleries and event spaces as well as a 298-seat theater. Most of the spaces have Greek or Roman architectural features.

Exhibits at the Chicago Cultural Center rotate regularly and represent all kinds of art. Theater groups, filmmakers, dance groups, and artists can petition to use the building’s event spaces. The building’s common spaces are often rented out for private events.

The center has no admission fees. Schedules on the venue’s website list current exhibits, lectures, and performances.

Chicago Cultural Center User Reviews

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Beauty Through Creativity
Ray S. Aug 6, 2013
This building is one of chicago's most noticeable landmarks. The artwork and the building itself reflects how amazing the city is, through it's diversity and structure. The building does a great job of showing off a number of different artist, and on top of that it's free. I had the pleasue of attending a concert (a panio concert) at this building while I was in college, and it was very enjoyable. The acoustics enhanced my enjoyment for the simple reason that I was all the way in the back, yet felt like I was sitting in the front row. I go there every chance I get, to not only see what new artist are being displayed, but the building is very peaceful, with sections for people to sit and dicuss. Also the building is located downtown, right across from Millennium Park. I greatly suggest for anyone, either out of town or not to come stop by this precious piece of chicago
A Perfect Showcase of Chicago's Architecture, History, and Culture
Lauren K. Mar 1, 2013
The Chicago Cultural Center encapsulates three of Chicago’s most impressive attributes: architecture, history, and yes, culture. The venue serves as an art exhibition and event hall, but since it opened in 1897 it’s had several functions. It was originally built to serve as the central building of the Chicago Public Library. In 1991, it was designated as the Chicago Cultural Center and currently houses the city’s offices of tourism and culture. The Chicago Culture Center was named a Chicago Landmark in 1976 and is considered one of the city’s most magnificent buildings. The interior architecture is reason enough to visit. The venue’s two stunning stained-glass domes, including the breathtaking Tiffany dome crafted out of 30,000 pieces of glass, are the crown jewels. The names of literary greats in marble inlay greet visitors coming from the Washington Street entrance, while the Grand Staircase allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of the city’s most distinguished guests. A rotating roster of free art and cultural exhibits are another draw for visitors. From lectures to films and concerts, the Chicago Cultural Center has a monthly schedule to please just about anyone. It's conveniently located in The Loop across from Millennium Park. The Visitor Information Center is accessible from the Randolph Street entrance. Weekly free tours are also available, as well as free Wi-Fi.
The Art & History Nerd will gush!
Bella M. Feb 23, 2013
Walking in here reminds me why I love this city so much. All this art and history for free? Yes, please, and thank you! This place has got a constant revolving door of art exhibits and wonderful factoids about the city's history line every corridor (did I mention it's free)? The building itself (which use to be the old public library) is gorgeous and, if art & history is your thing, you could wander around forever in here. Literally, forever because the layout is a little wonky but I think that's because of its original purpose as a public library with study rooms and such. Also, this building houses cultural, creative spaces for working artist in the community-like Project Onward-which is specifically set up to benefit artists in the city with mental and physical disabilities. Seriously, this place is a cultural landmark in and of itself and you will not regret a peek inside for a moment!
Don't Forget to Watch Your Step!
Courtney A. Nov 14, 2012
Wow, was it ever difficult for us to leave this beautiful building! Purely by accident, I found an open door to one of Chicago's most beautiful buildings. Walking in, I was awestruck by the impecable detail found in the craftmenship on each and every column and staircase. Each ceiling boasted a different, and even more striking, chandelier. It was hard to take your eyes off each immaculate domed ceiling, which caused many almost run-ins with other viewers and doors. Trying to take photographs was impossible, since nothing that was showing up on our little screens came even close to the real deal. Having accidentally found this gem, it is now on my “must-see” list for anyone else who visits the Windy City. Enjoy, and make sure to watch where you are going!
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