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Chicago Cultural Center

  • 78 E. Washington St. Map It
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Updated 06/11/2013

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Built in 1897 as the city's original public library, this huge building houses the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center, as well as a gift shop, galleries, and a concert hall. Designed by the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge—the team behind the Art Institute of Chicago—it's a palatial affair of Carrara marble, mosaics, gold leaf, and the world's largest Tiffany glass dome.

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78 E. Washington St., Chicago, Illinois, 60602, United States

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  • Daily 10–6; tours Wed., Fri., and Sat. at 1:15; concerts Sun. at 3

Updated 06/11/2013


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Jul 14, 2005

Should be the first stop in Chicago

Wonderful old, elegant library building with much information available from the visitors bureau, art exhibits, and a free museum of local broadcasting history. Just touring the building is an experience.

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