Explore the neoclassical beauty of the historic Chicago Cultural Center during free tours every Thursday and Friday. Discover the fascinating history and landmark status of one of Chicago’s most beloved architectural treasures.
Nicknamed the “People’s Palace,” the building opened in 1887 as the city’s first central public library. Boasting grand staircases and the world’s largest Tiffany dome, the Chicago Cultural Center became the country’s first free municipal arts center in 1991, when the main library was transferred to the Harold Washington Library Center.
Besides free art exhibits, concerts, dance performances and other programming, visitors can take 45-60 minute tours every Thursday and Friday at 1:15. Space is limited to the first 25 people who sign up at the Randolph Street desk so arrive early.
Free Chicago Cultural Center Tours
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Thursdays and Fridays, 1:15 pm