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  • Address: 78 East Washington Street, Chicago 60602, USA
  • Hours: Mon-Thu: 8am–7pm, Fri: 8am–6pm, Sat: 9am–6pm and Sun: 10am–6pm

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Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city’s architectural gems. Though it doesn’t tower over the streets like the Willis Tower, it’s an equally impressive building, renowned for its opulent interiors and two dazzlingly beautiful stained glass domes.

Built in 1897 as Chicago’s first public library, the Cultural Center is now home to the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, the Chicago Children’s Choir and several galleries. It hosts nearly 1,000 free cultural programs per year, including concerts, plays, art exhibits, film screenings and lectures. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1976, and is considered to be the most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue in the country.

While the cultural programs draw hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, many people also come just to see the impressive interior, which is decorated in a Beaux Arts style modeled on several classical buildings in Europe, including the Doge's Palace in Venice, the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the Acropolis in Athens. Inside you’ll find rare colored marbles and stone, antique brass fixtures and the most famous features, the two large stained glass domes. One of these domes can claim the title of the world’s largest Tiffany glass done, which is 38 feet across and contains an estimated 30,000 pieces of glass.

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Chicago's Underground Food Tour, Chicago, null
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Chicago's Underground Food Tour

Get ready to savor some of the flavors of Chicago’s Underground Pedway system by tantalizing all of your senses with a 1.5 hour small- group walking food ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures, Chicago, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 150 Reviews

This tour explores the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries, in ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.99
Pedway Explorers Tour, Chicago, Literary, Art & Music Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Pedway Explorers Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover the hidden secrets behind Chicago's secret weapon used to combat the city's cruel winters.  Learn to navigate the winding passages of one of the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Pedway and Loop - History and Architecture Tour, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Pedway and Loop - History and Architecture Tour

Discover Chicago like no other walking tour in the city.  Listen to great stories about Chicago's history while exploring the secrets of the Pedway ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
The Original Taste of the Pedway Tour, Chicago, Walking Tours
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The Original Taste of the Pedway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Celebrate the five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and on this indoor walking tour we emphasize perhaps the best sense of all, taste! While inspecting the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Chicago Walking Tour: Inside the Architecture of the Loop, Chicago, Dining Experiences
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Chicago Walking Tour: Inside the Architecture of the Loop

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 329 Reviews

Get an in-depth look at Chicago Loop architecture on a walking tour that takes you inside landmark buildings in the design-rich city. Appreciate the interiors ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

3 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Explore Chicago on a custom SUV tour with a private guide. See the Loop, Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Lake Shore Drive & Wrigley Field, OR Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $650.00
Chicago Pizza and Christmas Sights Walking Tour, Chicago, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Chicago Pizza and Christmas Sights Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Combine holiday sights with real Chicago pizza on a 3-hour Christmas walking tour around the city! While admiring the city’s traditional Christmastime ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $47.00
Chicago Sweets & Spirits Walking Tour, Chicago, Food Tours
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Chicago Sweets & Spirits Walking Tour

Seduce your sweet tooth without feeling guilty on this 21 and over tour.  Sip and sample your way through Chicago’s loop and near north side, stopping at the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.25
Chicago History Indoor Walking Tour, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Chicago History Indoor Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Learn the true story of Chicago's history and its amazing account of how a swampland located at the intersection of a lazy prairie river and Lake Michigan ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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