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Visiting Chicago Cultural Center

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Since opening its doors in 1897, Chicago Cultural Center has been one of the top attractions of the city of Chicago, USA. This landmark building is a public library situated across Michigan Avenue. It is the place where many VIP personalities like Presidents, diplomats, and royalty have been welcomed by the city’s mayor. The basis of establishing the building was to amaze and demonstrate that the city had become a sophisticated metropolis. In order to produce an architectural showplace, the leading architects and artisans were employed to design and construct this structure with the most deluxe materials, including, polished brass, mosaics of Favrile glass, rare imported marbles, colored stone, Nacre the mother of pearl, and fine hardwoods.

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Experience Chicago’s Rich Cultural Heritage

Experience Chicago’s Rich Cultural Heritage

1. Washington Street Lobby

1. Washington Street Lobby

This glistening, light-filled space is the main entrance to the library. It’s one of the highlights of the building that visitors admire a lot. Italian art is reflected through the meticulous and gorgeous arrangement of the mother of pearl, gold leaf, Mosaics of glass, and precious stones. Besides, the soft-surfaced marble is used to design the lobby. It is the same marble that Michelangelo used for his sculptures. There are poetically decorated crisscrossing staircases that extend up three stories.

2. Preston Bradley Hall

2. Preston Bradley Hall

As you climb up the staircase, you will reach a hall which was used formally for book delivering. It contains the lovely combination of a luminous 38-foot-diameter dome and glass mosaics. All of this was designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company of New York. This dome is the world’s largest Tiffany dome that was built in 2008. It features around 30,000 individual glass pieces.

3. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Rotunda and Hall

3. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Rotunda and Hall

As you proceed on the lovely building, you will find the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Rotunda and Hall featuring Civil War battle motifs and a 40-foot diameter dome. From Yates Gallery ornate ceilings to the massive windows to the central curving staircase resting on the side of Randolph Street, the hall contains everything visitors appreciate a lot. The architectural beauty of the hall is stunning.

4. Architecture

4. Architecture

The dazzling interior of the Chicago Cultural Center is what makes this building unique and lure tourists to pay a visit. Be it the mother of pearl mosaics, a Tiffany-stained glass dome, or a Carrara marble lobby, each and every element of the building are just out of the world. They become the best backdrop for the art programs held in this building. The reason why the architects took inspiration from the meticulous designs of the Italian Renaissance and the colossal structures of ancient Greece and Rome is that they aimed at designing the Chicago Cultural Center in the Classical Revival style. The iconic interiors are renovated to bring the original grandeur of the building back. Thanks to its marvelous architecture, it’s declared as a Chicago Landmark and one of the top tourist attractions of the country.

5. Free Music Concerts

5. Free Music Concerts

Many music concerts are held here which synchronize perfectly with the breathtaking spaces of the building to produce an amazing acoustic experience. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, many lunchtime concerts are held while classical performances take place on the remaining days except for Saturday when no performance is held.

Chicago Cultural Center Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Ticket are not required to visit the magnanimous Chicago Cultural Center that offers various activities at absolutely no cost.For paid activities and events you can book a ticket from the reception desk at the center.

How To Get Around?

You can walk around the Chicago Cultural Center comfortably to explore everything within its breathtaking premises.

What Should I Wear?

Choose to dress up in style or in cultural rhythm in sync with the occasion you are visiting the Chicago Cultural Center. On a normal visit, you can wear anything that makes you feel comfortable such as jeans, denims, skirt, shorts, trousers, etc.

Chicago Cultural Center Facts

Best Time to Visit

Chicago Cultural Center is open all year round except for select holidays such as the New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving. You can plan a visit anytime during the year as long as you are comfortable with the prevailing weather conditions.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to reach or explore Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago. Moving around is comfortable and all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest touch point, from where you can hire a bus, taxi, or cab to reach Chicago Cultural Center. For those coming from nearby regions, private cabs, Uber, or taxis are the most preferred options.

Additional Info?

Chicago Cultural Center offers several free events that you can explore comfortably. Tickets to upcoming events at Chicago Cultural Center can be bought online at attractive prices.

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