Everything you need to know about visiting the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).
On any given day at the Chicago Cultural Center, you might find a free classical concert being performed, an art exhibition on display in one of the building’s many galleries or tourists marveling at the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome. Don’t worry about paying for admission—nearly everything that happens in this building is free and open to the public. Housed in a structure that’s as wide as an entire city block and dates back to 1897 (when it originally housed the Chicago Public Library), the Chicago Cultural Center provides a place for citizens and visitors alike to experience amazing art and beautiful architecture without spending a cent.
Scope out the Tiffany dome
Head for the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall to see the building’s architectural crown jewel: a stain glass Tiffany dome that’s 38 feet in diameter. Made up of 30,000 individual panes of glass, the dome was renovated in 2008 to allow the dizzying display to once again be lit with natural light. If you’re up for more neck craning, walk to the nearby Grand Army of the Republic Hall, which boasts neo-classical stained glass dome.
Class it up at a free concert
You’ll find free classical music in the Preston Bradley Hall every Wednesday from 12:15–1pm, featuring pianists, violinist, cellists and other emerging performers. On the first and fourth Mondays of each month, Preston Bradley Hall hosts chamber music, including jazz and vocalists, from 12:15-1pm.
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