Chicago Cultural Center

Open Daily, 10am–5pm

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Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events. Read More

Rediscover The People’s Palace


Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information to plan your visit to the Chicago Cultural Center.

What To See In An Hour (Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany Dome pictured)

What To See In An Hour

The Welcome Center, Exhibitions, G.A.R. Hall and Rotunda, Preston Bradley Hall's Tiffany Dome and more.

Tours (G.A.R. Hall pictured)


Take a tour the historic Chicago Cultural Center in-person, virtually or on a video tour with cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

Calendar (Under the Dome event in Preston Bradley Hall)


The Chicago Cultural Center offers FREE events, performances and exhibitions year-round.

Exhibitions (Nelly Agassi: No Limestone, No Marble) (Credit: Nelly Agassi, Lady CCC. Courtesy of the artist.)


A wide range of diverse and engaging exhibitions devoted to the visual arts and contemporary culture are presented.



Public Media Institute's shop in the Chicago Cultural Center that gives Chicago's artists and small manufacturers a place to showcase and sell their goods and artwork.

Learning Lab

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is an interactive studio that offers sights, sounds, and experiences for visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities.

Welcome Center

Welcome Center

Visit the Welcome Center, site of CULTURE SNAPS, off the Randolph Street (North) lobby for a cultural orientation featuring DCASE programming.

Claudia Cassidy Theater

Claudia Cassidy Theater

This 200-seat multi-purpose theater has been transformed with all new theater seats and major technology upgrades.

Private Events & Weddings

Private Events & Weddings

Host your next event at the Chicago Cultural Center. The stunning landmark offers a variety of options for large and small gatherings.

Architecture and History

Architecture and History

Constructed over 100 years ago as the Chicago Public Library and a Civil War memorial, the Chicago Cultural Center reflects the best of Chicago.

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Chicago Cultural Center

Admission is FREE
Hours: Daily 10am–5pm
Exhibitions close 15 minutes before the building closes
(Closed Holidays)

Plan Your Visit

Find us:

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


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 or call 312.616.0600 for 24/7 customer service.

Public Transportation:


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 For fare information or to purchase fares in advance, visit



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