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Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

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A landmark building and the nation’s first free municipal cultural center, Chicago Cultural Center hosts music, dance and theater performances, films, lectures, art exhibits, and family events throughout the year. Completed in 1897, the building was designed in a generally neoclassical style with Italian Renaissance elements. The cultural center offers much to admire, including Roman arches, Cosmati walls, grand marble staircases, and a richly decorated Civil War memorial. Don’t miss Preston Bradley Hall, which features glass mosaics and the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world with approximately 30,000 glass pieces. Check online to see what events are running during your visit. The building also houses a visitor information center, which makes it a great first stop on your Chicago journey. Make your Chicago itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice! 
    A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!  more »
  • We were so happy we went to the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s hard to believe this beautiful building was going to be demolished but was thankfully saved. Be sure to sign up for the free public... 
    We were so happy we went to the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s hard to believe this beautiful building was going to be demolished but was thankfully saved. Be sure to sign up for the free public...  more »
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  • Very 1st time visiting this place and I was semi-impressed since they had (very) limited cultural events. However, I did attend the "Chicago: Where The Comics Come To Life (1880 to 1960)" and I was BLOWN away. Loved everything about the different comic book authors as well as their comic book art pieces. I was a tab bit shocked when I saw the exhibit featured black/people of color comic book writers/illustrators/artists but I greatly appreciated the Chicago Cultural Center for featuring them. I took some decent photos so I hope everyone would like them. Will be returning for the new exhibit that they are building. As a suggestion, I hope that they add some more exhibits next time.
  • Their cultural center is free, so if you have time or need to duck out of the rain, it’s a fine place to stop. The building detail is spectacular. There isn’t much to see, but they do have two art galleries you can walk through. Elevators are available.

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