Cultural Center, Chicago

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78 E. Washington 312-743-0266

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    Chicago Cultural Center

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 18, 2013

    The building is beautiful and should be toured just for its architecture. There was an exhibit on the top floor that was fun, funny, and insightful. There is also artwork on the ground floor as well. The visitors center for the city is located inside of the building as well.

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    Chicago Cultural Center

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Feb 12, 2014
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    The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the public library, is a magnificent building that provides an unusual role as a cultural center for the public, with free art exhibits, performances, lectures, workshops, and more in a magnificent setting.

    As I note in my "Untouchables" tip, it also provided the location for several scenes in the film The Untouchables.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture
    • Photography

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    Experience it !

    by JOEFRY Written Oct 30, 2007

    I went there an a school trip to look at some works of art,I think the true art, the true culture, was in the building it self. The South Staircase with winding rails was majestic, as well as the hall which housed it. An arched entrance way with the names of the great writers of the ages carved in marble. The Grand Army of the Republic Hall, with famous battles of the Civil War remembered throughout it. The Preston Bradley Hall with it's Tiffany Dome (a major piece of art in it's own). And inscriptions from every language imaginable to the human tongue. These are the things that fascinated me. These are the things that brought the building to life. These where the things that impressed me the most as works of art.

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    Visitor Information Center

    by mam3206 Updated Jul 28, 2007

    The Visitor Information Center at the Chicago Cultural Center is a great first stop on your visit. There are countless brochures, maps, and other resources to help you plan your trip. This is also where you can pick up free tickets for the Loop Tour Train, which is offered on Saturdays from May through September at 11am, 11:40am, 12:20pm, and 1pm. The tour takes place on an elevated train that circles the Loop 3 times while a tour guide describes the history and architecture. While you're at the Cultural Center, check out the 38-foot Tiffany stained-glass dome in the Preston Bradley Hall in the south end of the building. You may also want to take a look at the schedule of performances during your visit, as they claim to be "one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States."

    Visitor Center Hours
    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 7pm
    Friday: 8am - 6pm
    Saturday: 9am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 6pm
    Holidays: 10am - 4pm
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

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    a great place to relax

    by bocmaxima Written Sep 6, 2006
    Ornate architecture inside
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    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.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

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