Le Chicago Cultural Center est un bâtiment municipal situé au 78 East Washington Street à Chicago. Construit en 1893 dans le secteur financier du Loop (Downtown), il abritait à l'origine la bibliothèque centrale de la ville (Chicago Central Library), qui devint après sa rénovation en 1977, un centre d'art et de culture grâce au Commissioner of Cultural Affairs (en français : « commissaire aux affaires culturelles ») de la ville, Lois Weisberg. Il est aussi le lieu des réceptions officielles de la ville, où le maire accueille les présidents, rois, diplomates et dirigeants politiques en visite dans sa ville. En 2006, le Chicago Cultural Center a accueilli plus de 839 000 visiteurs. Il est aujourd'hui la 5e destination culturelle de la ville. Le bâtiment est inscrit sur la liste des Chicago Landmarks (CL) et sur celle du Registre national des lieux historiques (NRHP).
This is an absolutely beautiful building with detail architecture beyond imagination. This is an amazing place to take pictures or have special event pictures taken like an engagement announcement or baby announcements. The Mosaic work is spectacular. When we visited there was a wedding reception and pictures going on so some of the building was closed off. But the grand staircases at are spectacular. A great place to visit to see Chicago's Finest.
The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the Chicago Public Library, is truly a beautiful building! The two main points of interest are the two huge glass mosaic domes in the GAR Memorial Hall and the Preston Bradley Hall. There is an art exhibit on the top floor and there are several other artworks featured throughout the building. They offer free guided tours at various hours throughout the day. It's definitely a great place to take beautiful photos and they even have an event center!
I love this place. Our firm has held its holiday party here the past few years and it's always been a blast. The venue is very elegant, and the rooms are large. I've been here for an art gallery and it's always been a good time. It's right near Millennium Park, so if you're in the area and there's an event going on, definitely check it out.
Been here on several occasions! Everything I've done here has been absolutely FREE- including the bus tour to Wisconsin to walk through Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks. Anywhere else, I would have been charged entrance fees, transportation fees, etc. The Chicago Cultural Center only asks that one arrive on time & give a courtesy call/e-mail if one can't make an event to allow another guest the opportunity to visit. CCC, I love you!
I loved walking though this expansive place and admiring the architectural details. We ended up at a nice indoor courtyard with tables where we could enjoy our packed lunch. Fyi: There wasn't much art on display and one of the exhibits was NOT kid-friendly.
This is an excellent diamond in the rough across from Millennium Park. Oh, and It's Free! So if you have friends and/or family coming in from out of town, this is an excellent out of the way tourist spot. The Tile work and Tiffany dome (the largest in North America I believe) is eye catching and stunning. Being the old Chicago Library (1897) it still has the names of the old poets from history on the walls and makes a fantastic backdrop for pictures. It is also a great spot to get free booklets of what is happening in the city and surrounding areas. I usually drop by when they have been exhibiting art on the upper floors, it is usually international or eccentric work you won't see anywhere else. So I highly recommend checking it out when downtown Chicago.
This is one of my favorite places in Chicago. It's self guided and showcases crazy beautiful mosaic work. if you want to explore a little before getting to the gorgeous part, go in the north entrance. If you want to start at the literary-inspired tile art, go in the south entrance. For the best experience, time your visit to match with one of the guided tours.
Every Wednesday they have a free concert at the noon hour. It's called the Dame Myra Hess series. If you're in the Chicagoland area make sure in hit one of them. They are tremendous. Located in the Old Chicago downtown public library at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. The building is well worth the visit alone. Many of the decorations we're done by LC Tiffany. They will give tours of the building also.
It's free to come here and that is awesome. Rare for anything to be free anymore now days. We came here after getting married downtown to take pictures with the whole family. They turned out great. What an excellent day. After that we continued east towards millennium park.
While it is not really a museum nor a theatre, it does offer some small (and every interesting) exhibitions and movies/lectures regularly. All the events are totally free. Even you are just passing by and not coming here for any exhibitions or lectures, you can still just walk in and admire it beautiful dome.
Beautiful building and windows. I wish I could have seen it as a library. While it's a nice visit, the artist galleries were limited, and we didn't spend a ton of time there. The staff watching over the art was really friendly, and I think I talked to them more than anyone at the Art Institute.
I absolutely loved stopping into this building, which is the old Chicago Public Library. The marble entryway and staircase off of Washington Street is impressive. Both of the glass domes, made of Tiffany glass I believe, were a highlight as well as the detailed mosaic work. Additional we saw 5 distinctly different art exhibits...which was a nice surprise. Each exhibit was unique. I wish the Story Corp section had been open while we were there.
Beautiful architecture. Art displays were varied. Great time. Multiple events happen here. Check their schedule. We were present for a horns chamber ensemble. Educational and extremely enjoyable!
This place is a gem. There's always something interesting. Different exhibits to see during the day. Dane Myra Hess concerts at lunch time on Wednesdays. Performances and foreign movies at night. One has to visit here if you're a Chicagoan.
Unrivalled views of the city's top attractions and fire pits to make an already amazing view spectacular. The coffee bar on the first floor have donuts the size of your head and specialty coffee with unique flavors. The coffee shop its self is worth the visit.
The exhibit we saw was excellent. It was the "Great Lakes" exhibit. The pieces were profound and visually stunning. The Cultural Center was very well maintained, well staffed and clean. The visit was a true pleasure. I hope to return soon and recommend a visit to anyone considering one.
Beautiful architecture inside this building. Plus they have exhibits that change so you can stop by more than once a year and see different things. We got to see a lot of art exhibits when we went. It was great, even my 3 year old loved it.
Beautiful building! I stumbled upon it 5 years ago and I love going every once in a while because the exhibits change periodically, and they also have very interactive exhibits. If you ever come between art shows the building itself is enough to marvel at. Great location too
This is one of my favorite place in Chicago. The architecture is beautiful. The Tiffany glass ceiling mind blowing. The cultural center has these walking tours which are very informative, we'll organized and a must go for anyone wanting a local raw experience of Chicago.
Beautiful building full of history. I love that they offer different tours. We did the one that took you through the cultural center and around the city. It was informative and exciting to get history behind all the buildings on the way. I would recommend doing the tour and going back on your own and checking the building out at your own pace. There's so much to see you can easily spend a day there.
One of the most beautiful places I visited was actually the Chicago Cultural Center. It's a free building to enter and explore and the architecture and everything inside it is just beautiful. It's definitely something to look at. There was even an art exhibit going on at the time, featuring Keith Haring, whose work I recognize all over NYC. They had an art table set up for you to draw your own art and stick it on the wall.
Cool place! It's always free and a perfect place to do work or get out of the summer heat for a bit. Facilities are clean and well stocked. Not a lot of exhibits. The entire museum can be seen in 1-2 hrs. Nice for a quick trip, but don't plan your day around going to this museum. You'll have a short day.
Completely free of charge, this place has some stunning exhibits. I originally came in just to find shelter from the rain but I am so glad that I chose to come here instead of a Starbucks. Apart from the exhibits, the architecture of the building and its various wings are phenomenal. If you haven't been already then be sure to go. I would be a regular if I lived in Chicago.