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Chicago Cultural Center
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Time Out says

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. 


78 E Washington St
Cross street:
at Michigan Ave
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.
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 9am–7pm; Fri 9am–6pm; Sat 9am–6pm; Sun 10am–6pm
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Chicago Cultural Center Open House

The Chicago Cultural Center is free and open to the public throughout the majority of the year, but if you need an excuse to check out all it has to offer, an Open House should do the trick. This year, the event is inspired by World Music Festival Chicago and will highlight South Asian culture with free music and dance activations throughout the building. For a full schedule of activities, visit the official website.

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