Cultural Center, Chicago

22 Reviews

78 E. Washington 312-743-0266

Been here? Rate It!

  • Drummer's View
    Drummer's View
    by riorich55
  • My Turn
    My Turn
    by riorich55
  • I'm Telling You
    I'm Telling You
    by riorich55
  • bocmaxima's Profile Photo

    a great place to relax

    by bocmaxima Written Sep 6, 2006

    The architecture alone is a reason to visit this spot, but it's also extremely peaceful, and there's even a cafe inside.
    There wasn't a whole lot to see when I came (a great photo exhibit on Chicago neighborhoods), but it was a wonderful place to sit down and rest from the walk around the city.

    Ornate architecture inside Inside the Cultural Center Ceiling inside
    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo

    Museums, Opera, Art

    by Pawtuxet Written Jun 5, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are a number of wonderful buildings along this broad boulevard with parks scattered along the way. The wide sidewalks and scale of these buildings seems reminiscent of Washington, DC. I would prefer this district to that of the skyscrapers which Chicago seems to love. The city has a propensity to tear down and rebuild things constantly. Maybe it's a carry over from when they had to rebuild after the big Chicago fire or something. Some of the tearing down is disconcerting to a preservationist. Altho they do retain many interesting period buildings as be fair.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Theater Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • deecat's Profile Photo

    Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center

    by deecat Written Jul 8, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    My daughter Jill and I recently visited the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center located in Chicago's first central library. Just seeing this fantastic landmark building is worth the trip there.

    The Cultural Center is where many of Chicago's tours begin [such as theOffice of Tourism's Chicago Neighborhood Tours].

    It's a really good idea to visit the Visitor Information Center when you arrive in the city because you will receive great city maps [free], tons of free publications about the city and surrounding areas, and there are friendly/helpful information representatives there to answer your questions.

    This is not the only Visitor Center in the city, but it is the largest. TheChicago's Historic Water Tower Visitor Center at 163 East Pearson Avenue is another such center that I have visited.

    On the day that Jill and I visited The Cultural Center, we walked out of there with a bag of free maps and pamphlets; in addition, we had been assisted by a very kind gentleman who looked up information and wrote it in one of the booklets with a "hard to find important phone number'.

    If you want to be organized and unintimidated on your visit to Chicago, by all means, visit the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center.

    Inside Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • jmhenry1123's Profile Photo

    Chicago Cultural Center

    by jmhenry1123 Written Nov 10, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Chicago Cultural Center was formerly the Chicago Public Library until it moved to Jackson and Congress in the 90s. The Cultural Center is home to the museum of broadcasting and has several rotating exhibit. The main hall is magnificently decorated with rococco embellishments.

    Its hours are from 8am-8pm most days.

    Was this review helpful?

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo

    Chicago Cultural Center

    by yooperprof Written Jun 22, 2004

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Formerly the main branch of the Chicago Public Library, this "Beaux Arts" building (from 1897) now serves as a regional center for the arts. It has been carefully restored and well tended over the last decade: there are some exquisite rooms here. If you are at all interested in 19th century design, you'll want to take a look at the wonderful glass domes inside the structure, one of which is billed at the largest Tiffany Dome in the world.

    pretty beaux arts
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Chicago Cultural Center

    by sambarnett Updated May 21, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the British sent to the city an enormous amount of books, many signed by the biggest authors of the day. The assumption was that the city's library and collection were destroyed during the inferno. Funny thing was, the city of Chicago had no library before the fire. But with all these new book the city needed a place to house them, hence this beautiful Classical Revival-style structure at the corner of Washington and Michigan Avenue.
       Now the Chicago Cultural Center, it's an excellent place to begin your forray into the city. There's an excellent visitor's center, a cafe and plenty of places to chill out and relax. There are also some exhibits inside that are worth a visit. Check out Radio Hall of Fame, chronicling that great medium from the earliest days to the present. The Museum of Broadcast Communication is a great nostalgia trip, especially for those who grew up on the Bozo Show, Garfield Goose and the other great children's shows that eminated from WGN in Chicago. And do not miss the small but impressive photographic exihibt Landmark Chicago featuring the work of the true heroes of the Chicago's preservation movement like Richard Nickel, Bob Thall and Barbara Crane.

    pvblic library

    Was this review helpful?

  • anne_h's Profile Photo

    the Chicago Cultural Center

    by anne_h Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is housed in what used to be the main library. They host art exhibits, readings, and so forth, plus it's a really pretty building. It also houses the Museum of Broadcast Communication, of note because Chicago was very important in the early history of radio.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Chicago

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

30 travelers online now


View all Chicago hotels