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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 Underground Food Tour, Chicago, null
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Chicago Underground Food Tour

Venture off the beaten path, and into Chicago’s Pedway system, on this 1.5-hour foodie walking tour. The Pedway, a warren of tunnels and bridges that ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.00
Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures, Chicago, Food Tours
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 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 Walking Tour, Chicago, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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Pedway Explorers Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover downtown Chicago from a different angle on this fascinating walking tour. The city’s Pedway system spans nearly five miles in length, and is ...  Read more

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

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

Discover the best of downtown Chicago on this adventurous, 3-hour walking tour. Known as the Loop, the city’s central business district is famous for its ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.00
Cultural Mile Walking Tour of Chicago, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Cultural Mile Walking Tour of Chicago

Music. Art. Architecture. Literature. If these are topics that are of interest to you then you should walk this tour. You'll discover the other side of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.00
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 1 Review

On this delightful small-group walking tour, you’ll explore Chicago’s Pedway — a surprising network of underground tunnels, walkways, and building concourses, ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour, Chicago, Dining Experiences
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Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 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
Chicago History Indoor Walking Tour, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Chicago History Indoor Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Before it was the Chicago we know today — bold, diverse, thrilling and rich in culture — it was a marshy swampland bordering Lake Michigan. Much has changed ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.00
Chicago Loop Walking Tour, Chicago, Walking Tours
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Chicago Loop Walking Tour

The Loop is the heartbeat of downtown Chicago! This walking tour will take you through the Loop and educate you on the various buildings, businesses, history, ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.00
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 1 Review

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

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