Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center and Neighborhood Cultural Spotlight

Open Daily, 10am-5pm

Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights, 2-3pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor North • Free Admission

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Visit the Welcome Center off the Randolph Street (North) lobby for a cultural orientation featuring Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) programming in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and citywide.

Check out the current Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights in the Welcome Center and then nominate your favorite neighborhood cultural asset!

Neighborhood Cultural Spotlight features people, places and organizations nominated by Chicagoans for their cultural contribution to their neighborhood’s vitality. Learn about new cultural assets each month in this space, and then visit them in person in their community or online!

Know a person, place or thing in your neighborhood who deserves a spotlight?

Nominate now!


Upcoming Neighborhood Cultural Spotlights

Aguijon Theater

April 5, 6, 19 & 20, 2024

Belmont Cragin

Founded in 1989, Aguijón Theater Company is dedicated to creating exciting and meaningful theatrical experiences through the cultural exploration, discussion, and performance of works in Spanish.

As Chicago’s longest-running Latino theater, the company strives to foster, promote, and celebrate the diverse cultural excellence of the city’s Latino theater artists while challenging and inspiring its audiences to surmount language barriers and cross cultural boundaries.

Fiercely committed to ensuring that the arts are accessible in every Chicago neighborhood, Aguijón is especially dedicated to creating for and with the Belmont-Cragin community where the company has been rooted since 1999.

71st and Crandon Garden

May 3, 4, 17 & 18, 2024

South Shore

The 71st and Crandon Community Garden is located on the Southeast side of Chicago in the heart of South Shore, just blocks away from the South Shore Cultural Center.

The garden offers a safe and peaceful space for the community to gather for programs that help promote a sense of self-efficiency, connectedness, and wellness.

They seek to build community bonds and friendships that will expand across the generations by offering various free activities throughout the season. Programs include family fun days with arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, yoga and gardening classes, as well as live music events.


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Chicago Cultural Center

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

Find us:

Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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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