Chicago Cultural Center Building Tours

Weekly: Every Thursday & Friday • 1:15pm

Chicago Cultural Center • Tours meet in the Welcome Center, 1st Floor North

Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Tours: 2nd & 4th Saturdays • 12pm

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Building Tours reveal the storied history of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center – offered year round on Thursdays and Fridays at 1:15pm. Tours are FREE and led by volunteer docents and/or staff.


Public Group Tours:

  • Free guided tours of the building
  • Thursdays & Fridays (year-round)
  • 1:15pm
  • Tours are 4560 minutes long
  • First come - First served. Limited to the first 25 people who sign up at the Randolph Street desk upon arrival.


Private Group Tours:

Docent guided tour for groups of 15-30 people - all ages

  • By appointment only
  • Approximately 1 hour
  • Start at the Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center and end in the Learning Lab
  • Request a tour


Exhibition Exploration:

Guided exploration of Chicago Cultural Center architecture and history, current visual art exhibitions, Learning Lab and Millennium Park, for Elementary and High School students.


Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Tours:

This 30 minute tour highlights the remarkable history and restoration of the G.A.R. Hall and Rotunda (including one of the building's 2 stained glass domes.) Stick around for a hands-on experience with the Art Cart to learn how the dome was created. Tours are FREE and led by volunteer docents.

  • 2nd & 4th Saturdays (monthly), 12pm
  • Meet in G.A.R. Hall, 2nd Floor North
  • No Registration, First come - First served, No limit


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Chicago Cultural Center

Admission is FREE
Open 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


Take CTA to 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