Chicago Cultural Center Photography Policy

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Thank you for your interest in the Chicago Cultural Center, a stunning gem located in the heart of Downtown Chicago.

If you plan to take personal photos for an event such as a wedding, engagement, Sweet 16, Quinceañera, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, etc., please read the information below carefully. Only handheld cameras and equipment are allowed. No tripods, lighting gear, or any other items that may disrupt the space for use by other visitors may be used.

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  • The building is open to the public every day from 10am–5pm. We recommend taking pictures between 10-11am or 4-5pm.


  • Please refrain from wearing clothing that sheds glitter, beads, feathers, etc. If an outfit is leaving debris, you will be asked to end the photoshoot.


  • You must ensure that stairways, hallways, and walkways are fully accessible and usable to the public.


  • NO areas of the building (including restrooms) may be used for changing clothing or doing hair/makeup.


  • Security staff has the discretion to end any photography session deemed disruptive.


  • You do not need a permit for self-contained small photoshoots; but we ask that photos are not taken when there are events, due to photo exclusivity for paying clients.


  • Photoshoots for commercial/promotional purposes require fees and approved scheduling.