Originally the central library building of Chicago, this landmark has been the city’s official reception venue for Presidents, royalty, diplomats, and community leaders since 1897, designed initially to prove to outsiders that Chicago had become a sophisticated city. With free views of the largest Tiffany-stained glass dome in the world, it’s no surprise that the Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Any free admission building in the loop is bound to attract visitors. However, the Cultural Center also hosts more than 700 free lectures, film screenings, performances, and art exhibits throughout the year! Encompassing an entire city block, this large structure stands directly across from Millennium Park, making it a great place to visit when touring the area.
On Holidays, the Chicago Cultural Visitor Information Center remains open, and free on-the-spot tours of the city are offered through their InstaGreeter service.
- How can I get to the Cultural Center?
If you’re taking the CTA, you can exit at the Randolph/Wabash stop from the Pink, Green, Brown, Orange, and Purple Lines. If you’re driving, Interpark’s self-park garage at 20 E. Randolph St. is conveniently located across the street from the building.
- How much does it cost to visit the Cultural Center?
Admission fees are across a wide range and are entirely at the discretion of the organization that’s hosting a given event, however the Cultural Center itself hosts plenty of events that are free to the public! Check out the website to see what free events are coming up next.
- Can I host an event at the Cultural Center?
The Cultural Center is a beautiful space that’s perfect for hosting a private event, and has many room options that can accommodate small and large parties. It’s also a unique and gorgeous destination for a wedding! Contact the Cultural Center for rates and availability.
- Can I bring my kids to the Cultural Center?
Yes! The building hosts plenty of all-ages events so families are more than welcome.
- Where can I stay near the Cultural Center?
The Cultural Center’s close proximity to both the Loop and Streeterville make’s it very easy to finding nearby lodging. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the Silversmith Hotel, the Palmer House Hilton, and the Kimpton Burnham Hotel are all convenient and comfortable options.