Chicago Cultural Center Building Tours

Public Group Tours: Every Thursday & Friday • 1:15pm

Exhibition Exploration Tours: Tuesdays & Thursdays • 11am–12:30pm

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

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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.

For Elementary and High School student groups wanting to explore the Chicago Cultural Center's current visual art exhibitions and Learning Lab, please request a Exhibition Exploration tour.


Public Group Tours:

  • Free guided tours of the building
  • Thursdays & Fridays (year-round). Tours will not take place May 2 & 3.
  • 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.


Exhibition Exploration Tour:

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

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm
  • Maximum 2 groups per day – maximum 15 students in each group
  • Complete a separate request for each group or class using the request a tour application link below.
  • Book 4 weeks in advance
  • Confirmation within 7 business days
  • Led by DCASE staff or trained and passionate volunteer docents.
  • Requests are filled to the best of our ability given limited staff and resources.
  • Check out the current Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions

Request a tour


Private Group Tours:

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

Request a tour



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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