Chicago Cultural Center — Plan Your Visit

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DCASE is dedicated to serving Chicago’s cultural landscape.

Please join us for exhibitions and programs in the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and more.

View current events and exhibitions

 

Hours & Location

Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 East Washington, Chicago Illinois 60602, across the street from Millennium Park. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the East, Randolph Street to the North, Washington Street to the South and Garland Court to the West.

There’s always something to see at the Chicago Cultural Center.

 

Current Building Hours:

Daily 10am-5pm

Exhibition galleries begin closing 15 minutes prior to building closing.

Tickets are not required for entry into the building or exhibitions. Admission is free.

 

Closed Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Pulaski Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

 

Directions / Parking

Public Transportation is one of the easiest and most economical ways to get around downtown.

Both Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains, and Metra’s commuter rail lines stop conveniently near the Cultural Center.

For detailed travel information visit www.transitchicago.com or call the Travel Information Center at 1-888-YOUR-CTA or 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (TTY).

 

Public Transportation

CTA

 

 

 

Take CTA to the Chicago Cultural Center

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by Michigan Avenue buses 3, 4, 19, 20, 26, 60, 66, 124, 143, 147, 151, 157 and Washington St. buses 4, J14, 20, 56, 66, 147.

 For travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com. For fare information or to purchase fares in advance, visit www.ventrachicago.com.

 

METRA

Metra's suburban commuter rail system has 11 lines with 239 stations radiating from downtown Chicago to the six-county area of northeast Illinois. For regional transit schedules and fares, and a map of downtown stations, visit METRA's website at http://metrarail.com.

 

Parking

Nearby parking garages are located at Grant Park North Garage (25 N. Michigan Ave.), Grant Park South Garage (325 S. Michigan Ave.) and Millennium Park Garage & Millennium Lakeside Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr.).

Pay in person at each garage location or pre-pay online for discounted parking. Visit www.millenniumgarages.com/rates or call 312.616.0600 for 24/7 customer service.

 

Biking

Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks, close by to the Chicago Cultural Center. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.

Divvy is Chicago's bike sharing system intended to provide Chicagoans and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city with thousands of bikes and hundreds of stations across the city. There is a Divvy Bike station located at the Chicago Cultural Center on the Michigan Avenue side of the building. For more information and pricing, please visit www.divvybikes.com.

 

Policies and Patron Services

No guns inside the building please.

Info desks, staffed with security and DCASE Volunteers, are located in both the Randolph Street (North) and Washington Street (South) lobbies. Stop by for information about what’s free and fun in the building that day.

 

Masking & Social Distancing

Face masks are required in the building.

Please try to maintain 6' physical distance between yourself or your group and other patrons.

 

Welcome Center

Visit the Welcome Center off the Randolph Street (North) lobby for a cultural orientation featuring Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events programming in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and beyond in the Millennium Park Campus and around the city of Chicago.

 

Learning Lab

Visit the Learning Lab an interactive studio on the first floor, (Garland Corridor near the Washington entrance) that offers sights, sounds, and experiences for visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities. Visit our website to learn more about programs and check out images of the reinvigorated space by design team Made in Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss and Andre Westhelle).

 

Photography

For information about professional photography permits in the Chicago Cultural Center, contact Lara Ziemba at lziemba@mbres.com, personal photos are always allowed.

 

Amenities

NEW! Visit BUDDY on the 1st floor. Committed to giving artists and small manufacturers in Chicago a place to showcase and sell their goods and artworks to a vast audience of Chicagoans and visitors at the Chicago Cultural Center. Restrooms are located on the North side of the building on floors 1, 2, and 4. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible and have water fountains nearby. Bottle fillers are on the 1st & 4th floors on the North side hallway of the building.

You may take a break at the Randolph Square seating area. Please keep your masks on while sitting.

Elevators are available on the South and North side of the building. Capacity is currently limited to 2 guests at a time.

Eating and drinking is not currently allowed in the Chicago Cultural Center.

 

Get Married Here!

Civil Weddings Performed by the Marriage Court of Cook County

Minimal fee; by appointment only; registration required

Currently unavailable.

 

Private Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions

The Cultural Center’s beautiful and versatile spaces are ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other private events. View more information on renting space and the Cultural Center’s wedding packages.

 

Tours and Information

Free Chicago Cultural Center tours reveal the storied history of the landmark building. Thursdays and Fridays, 1:15pm - Year round with pre-registration at DCASEVolunTours.org.

Information about tours for educational groups and visitors with disabilities can be found at DCASEVolunTours.org.

Only have an hour? Take our self-guided tour, available on the back of the Visitor Guide.

Take a self-guided Public Art Tour (PDF).

Don't miss the Kerry James Marshall mural Rushmore which is viewable on the western facade of the building along Garland Court. Check out this guide to all the women portrayed here (PDF).

 

Accessibility

Mobility Access

The wheelchair accessible entrance, located street level at Garland Court and Randolph Street, leads to the westernmost Randolph Square entry doors which have power assisted opening.

All restrooms and elevators are in the Chicago Cultural Center are wheelchair accessible.

  • Wheelchairs for use in the Chicago Cultural Center are available upon request on a first come, first served basis. Upon arrival, please ask the security officer on duty in the lobby for assistance. The wheelchairs may be used in the building and returned to the security desk when finished. There is not staff available to push the chairs.
  • Wheelchair accessible seats and seats accessible without stairs are available in the back rows of the Claudia Cassidy Theatre.
  • An accessibility lift and assisted seating are available in the Claudia Cassidy Theater.
  • An elevator connected to the underground Pedway is located in the Randolph Street Lobby. An elevator located outside the building on the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street also connects to the underground Pedway providing access to the Chicago Cultural Center, the Metra Train Station and the Grant Park Underground Garage.

 

D/deaf or hard-of-hearing Accessibility

  • Assistive Listening Devices
    Assistive hearing devices for the hearing-impaired are available for all public concerts and lectures and feature FM headsets and over-the-head headphones. Please ask the staff or DCASE Volunteer on duty at the event for assistance.

 

  • Induction Loop
    If you use a hearing aid or cochlear implant that has a T-Coil, feel free to turn it on for any performance, tour, or lecture in Claudia Cassidy Hall!
    • If you use the loop, we would love to hear about your experience—we’re always fine-tuning the system, and all feedback is helpful. Please email dcase@cityofchicago.org

 

  • Open Captioning
    Open captioning features a text display of the words and sounds heard during a performance or film. We aim to open caption all our films. If you would like to request captioning at an upcoming event please email dcase@cityofchicago.org a minimum of 72 hours before the event.

 

  • American Sign Language Interpretation
    We offer American Sign Language interpretation by trained interpreters at our larger events. To confirm ASL or request it for smaller events please email dcase@cityofchicago.org a minimum of 72 hours before the event.

To request a tours with ASL interpretation please visit DCASEVolunTours.org and fill out a request form.

 

Blind or Low-Vision Accessibility

  • Touch tours and audio described performances and exhibition openings are scheduled selectively.
    • To request a touch tour or audio described performance please contact dcase@cityofchicago.org a minimum of 72 hours advance of the date.

 

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Supporting Information Facts

Additional Information

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

dcase@cityofchicago.org