Free concerts at Chicago Cultural Center. The Chicago Cultural Center hosts two free concert series year round at 12:15p on the 1st and 4th Mondays and every Wednesday.
Chamber Mondays explore a rich diversity of chamber music, featuring Chicago’s most talented classical, jazz, and ethnic music instrumentalists and vocalists.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Wednesdays) features solo and ensemble performances of classical music that showcase emerging performers.
Location: 78 E. Washington St., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd floor south, 312-744-6630.
Upcoming Chamber 1st and 4th Monday concerts:
- Musicians Club of Woman Award Winners in Concert, Laura Osterlund July 23, 12:15pm
- Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble August 6, 12:15pm
- Musicians Club of Women August 27, 12:15pm
- No Concert on September 3rd Chicago Cultural Center Closed for the Labor Day Holiday
- Musicians Club of Women September 24, 12:15pm
- Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble October 1, 12:15pm
- Musicians Club of Women October 22, 12:15pm
- Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble November 5, 12:15pm
Upcoming Wednesday Dame Myra Hess Memorial concerts (Broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live):
- Geneva Lewis, violin & Renana Gutman, piano July 18, 2018
- Neave Trio (violin, cello & piano) July 25, 2018
- Florin Parvulescu, violin & Samantha Cho, piano August 1, 2018
- Anita Graef, cello & Patrick Godon, piano August 8, 2018
- Dynasty Battles, piano August 15, 2018
- Katinka Kleijn, cello & Sabastian Huydts, piano August 22, 2018
- Duo Ephelia (clarinet and piano) August 29, 2018
- Riana Anthony, cello September 5, 2018
- Chicago Harp Quartet September 12, 2018
- Soojung Hong, piano September 19, 2018
- Donald Sinta Quartet (Saxophone Quartet) September 26, 2018
- YuEun Kim, violin & TBA, piano October 3, 2018
- De Maeyer – Kende Duo (violin and piano) October 10, 2018
About the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, was the first permanent Chicago Public Library after the original library was lost in the Chicago fire in 1871. In addition to the library the building was also a Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (on the north side) dedicated to Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War. All the Civil War artifacts once displayed here are now located at the Harold Washington Library. Here’s the buildings extensive history.
The City of Chicago refers to it as “a People’s Palace – a celebration of the arts, education, Chicago, and the world.”
There is also a free building tour showcasing the Greek-inspired (north side) and Roman-inspired (south side) architecture, two domes (one of which is the world’s largest Tiffany Dome) and ornate multi-colored mosaics, marble and decorative molding.
Public Group Tours:
- Tours are presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15 pm.
- Tours meet in the Randolph Street lobby.
- The group will be limited to the first twenty people.
- To schedule tours for groups of ten or more at other times, contact Anna Marie Gazzi at 312.744.7917.
Private Group Tours:
- Trained docents will conduct free, prearranged private tours for adult groups on Mondays though Fridays, 9 am-3 pm.
- Private tours are not available during weekends.
- Private tours are designed for adults and teenagers 13 years and over.
- Group sizes are limited, call for details.
- Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the scheduled date by calling 312.744.7917.
- Private tours begin at the Chicago Cultural Center Information Desk in the Randolph Street lobby.
All self-guided group tours must check in with security upon entry.