Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago Cultural Center
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Cultural Center

Since being converted to the Cultural Center in 1991 (it used to be the Chicago Public Library), this city-block-wide institution now offers free classical concerts Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Most of the center’s classical offerings take place in Preston Bradley Hall on the second floor near the Washington Street entrance, but the Claudia Cassidy Theater (named for the Tribune’s venom-penned theater and music critic from the ’40s) on the Randolph Street side is used for experimental concerts, too. Concerts are always free.


Venue name: Chicago Cultural Center
Address: 78 E Washington St
Cross street: at Michigan Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat 9am–6pm; Sun 10am–6pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph; Red to Lake. Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10. Train: Elec Main to Millennium Station
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  • Painting Until Sunday July 30 2017
  • Friday April 28 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017 Free

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Zach L

The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the more under-appreciated cultural institutions in Chicago, a historic building with architecture that is just as stunning as the works of art it contains. Step inside (go ahead, it's always free!) and you're likely to find an art exhibition on display or a free classical music performance in progress. It doesn't matter if you're a tourist or a local—if you're looking for a bit of culture, you'll find it here.

Michael J

It's kind of amazing that you can just wander off of the street and into this stunning space for free. What you can actually do inside of the Cultural Center depends largely on the programming, but it's worth a visit just to explore its interiors: the ornate staircases, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial room and the two glass domes. Of the latter, the Tiffany one is particularly sublime; grab a seat and just admire it.