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The Chicago Cultural Center will be open for regular hours on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day).


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Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events. read more



Information and Resources

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.,
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312.742.1168


  • Free Admission
  • Hours:
    Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
    Friday, 9 am–6 pm
    Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
    Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Holidays 10 am-4 pm, Visitor Information Center only

Chicago Cultural Center Map

Chicago Cultural Center Map


Rediscover The People’s Palace

Monthly Schedule

Monthly Schedule

The Chicago Cultural Center offers FREE events, performances and exhibitions year-round.


DCASE Theater & Dance (Strip Tease By Chris Schlichting pictured)

DCASE Theater & Dance

Ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists.


Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information to plan your visit to the Chicago Cultural Center.


Private Events

Private Events

Host your next event at the Chicago Cultural Center. The stunning landmark offers a variety of options for large and small gatherings.




DCASE Music (Juicebox pictured)


Music performances include Juicebox, Chamber Mondays, Dame Myra Hess Concerts and more.


Exhibitions (Chicago Architectural Biennial pictured) (Photo by: Iwaan Baan)


The inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial will take place October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Accessibility Information

Accessibility Information

Find out what accessibility features are available at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Architecture and History

Architecture and History

Constructed over 100 years ago as the Chicago Public Library and a Civil War memorial, the Chicago Cultural Center reflects the best of Chicago.