Chicago Cultural Center Learning Lab

Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor South

FREE Admission * Open during Meet an Artist

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The Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center is an interactive studio that offers sights, sounds, and experiences for visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities. Reinvigorated by design team Made in Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss and Andre Westhelle).


Education and Engagement

  • Learning Lab / Learning Light - Explore how your movements affect light and color in this installation by Liviu Pasare visible from both inside and outside the Learning Lab.
  • Magnetic Wall - Engage with matching and mapping activities in this interactive wall designed by Design Museum Chicago. Get to know 20 women artists who have shaped the cultural landscape of Chicago, thru this sketch of a mural by Kerry James Marshall, on view on the exterior of the Chicago Cultural Center on Garland Court
  • Rolling Walls - Divide and define the space with two mobile walls inspired by CTA cars and feature exhibition space for small objects as well as storage for the A-frame tables.
  • Pop-ups - A-frame tables create a spot for artists to engage with visitors up close. Tables are easily folded and tucked away in an instant inside the rolling walls to create wide open space.
  • Interactive Wall - Explore making your own music by tightening strings and pegs or tapping on a slotted drum, peer into spaces for intimate viewfinder surprises, or relax with a book off the shelf.
  • Mobile Art Cart - Hands on exploration of color, light, tone, and space on the go. Created by Rich Faron and Museum Explorer.
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Chicago Cultural Center

Admission is FREE
Daily, 11am–4pm
(Closed Holidays)

Plan Your Visit Here

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



Meet an Artist:

The Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center is a newly re-designed interactive studio space for all. This summer the focus is on engaging workshops by and for youth. Young artists will share their talents and perspective in hands on workshops on the 2nd and 4th Friday and Saturday of each month. Artwork by youth will be on display all summer long.

For the health and safety of all, mask wearing, and 6 feet social distancing will be required.

If you have an inspiration for presenting in our Meet an Artist series, please review the criteria and submit a proposal online.

Learning Lab Virtual Program Proposal



Southside MakerspaceChicago Public Schools


  • Friday, June 11
  • Saturday June 12
  • Friday, June 25
  • Saturday, June 26

Time: 12-2pm

Format: In person by advance registration via

Southside Makerspace founder, Andre Westhelle and young Artists in middle school at Piccolo School of Excellence, will share their skills with 3D model making and problem solving through demonstration and discussion. Southside Makerspace is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching at risk youth, skills that will better equip them to utilize the technologies of tomorrow in an effort to bring more equity into our underserved communities.


Shine On, Chicago!Shine On, Chicago!


  • Friday, July 9
  • Saturday July 10
  • Friday, July 23
  • Saturday, July 24
  • Friday, August 13
  • Saturday, August 14

Time: 12-2pm

Format: In person by advance registration via

Shine On, Chicago! will present hands-on workshops with youth in the Learning Lab in partnership with Chicago Public Library, YouMedia and One Summer Chicago. Youth Photo Ambassadors from the south and west sides of Chicago, will share their photographic skills through demonstration and discussion in this “Peer-to Peer” Photography Learning Program. Shine On, Chicago! is a non-profit organization that features a mobile production classroom to teach teens the basics of video production and photography.


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