Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center Official page for the landmark Chicago Cultural Center (aka "The People's Palace"). Come for the beauty, stay for the events.

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. Completed in 1897 as Ch

icago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet. In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

Happy to have you! 🤗
12/29/2023

Happy to have you! 🤗

Many museums in and around Chicago have free days for Illinois children and adults over the holiday weeks.

The   will be closed on Monday, January 1st for  . Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd. Join us Sunday nigh...
12/29/2023

The will be closed on Monday, January 1st for . Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.
Join us Sunday night for a special celebration along the Chicago River to ring in 2024!
🎉 Chicago.gov/NYE

The   will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, December ...
12/23/2023

The will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, December 26th.

Dezeen's top 10 design-festival installations of 2023 include "100 Links: Architecture and land, in and out of the Ameri...
12/20/2023

Dezeen's top 10 design-festival installations of 2023 include "100 Links: Architecture and land, in and out of the Americas" now on display at the as part of !

As part of our 2023 review, we've selected the top 10 installations from this year's design and art festivals, from a pavilion made from palm trees to a light sculpture in a cathedral.

  to this past Saturday's "Family Edition" Open House at the Cultural Center! There's so many great exhibits and events ...
12/14/2023

to this past Saturday's "Family Edition" Open House at the Cultural Center!
There's so many great exhibits and events to enjoy here — all FREE — so be sure to check out ChicagoCulturalCenter.org and make plans to both finish AND start the year with us!
📸 Katrina Monea

“This feels more chill than a traditional art museum,” Kristen Dowell, of Oak Park, said of her experience this weekend....
12/12/2023

“This feels more chill than a traditional art museum,” Kristen Dowell, of Oak Park, said of her experience this weekend. “Just the way it’s set up feels a lot more relaxed.”

Design Top 5 from Newcity!So much art to enjoy this month in our great city, but do be sure to experience the Chicago Ar...
12/11/2023

Design Top 5 from Newcity!
So much art to enjoy this month in our great city, but do be sure to experience the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s fifth edition here and citywide while you still can!

Design things to see, do and shop this December.

Tomorrow! 6pm on the 1st Floor.Meet artists from the   Dance Studio Residency program in an open conversation where they...
12/11/2023

Tomorrow! 6pm on the 1st Floor.
Meet artists from the Dance Studio Residency program in an open conversation where they introduce their projects and share the ideas and curiosities that propel their creative investigations.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1439313756653878

TODAY 12/9 from 1p-6p!FREE "Family Edition" Open House featuring live music, games, puppetry and SLIME!Click below for d...
12/09/2023

TODAY 12/9 from 1p-6p!
FREE "Family Edition" Open House featuring live music, games, puppetry and SLIME!
Click below for details and stop by!

Open House @ Chicago Cultural Center - artists in residence, music, galleries, shopping, socializing & more

TOMORROW! December 9th from 1-6pm!FREE "Family Edition" Open House! • SLOOMOO Slime Activation• Live performances by Uni...
12/08/2023

TOMORROW! December 9th from 1-6pm!
FREE "Family Edition" Open House!
• SLOOMOO Slime Activation
• Live performances by Uniting Voices Chicago and Son Monarcas.
• Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival
• Puppet-making workshops, holiday shopping at the Buddy store + more!
🔗 ChicagoCulturalCenter.org

"The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago 2" by WTTW. "If you sat here during the day and watched people’s reaction walking ...
12/06/2023

"The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago 2" by WTTW.

"If you sat here during the day and watched people’s reaction walking in here, they almost all fall over….There’s that moment of joy. It’s actually an emotional reaction that people have to architecture, which is important." Gunny Harboe, restoration architect

Once dubbed “The People’s Palace,” the Chicago Cultural Center is an opulent landmark in the Loop with all manner of ornament and vintage glamor.

On Saturday, Dec. 9 at the  , there will be a reading of New Personalidad—a play by actor, playwright and former Windy C...
12/05/2023

On Saturday, Dec. 9 at the , there will be a reading of New Personalidad—a play by actor, playwright and former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree Nelson Rodriguez. The program, part of the Studio Theater Residency Pilot, is being presented by Vision Latino Theatre Company in partnership with the city's DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) department.

In a recent talk with Windy City Times, Rodriguez discussed everything from the production's q***r theme to his family to his own newest athletic passion.

Windy City Times News - On Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, there will be a reading of New Personalidad a play by actor, playwright and former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree Nelson Rodriguez. The program, part of

Bring the whole family to the FREE   Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 1-6pm! • SLOOMOO Slime Activation• Live p...
12/01/2023

Bring the whole family to the FREE Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 1-6pm!
• SLOOMOO Slime Activation
• Live performances by Uniting Voices Chicago and Son Monarcas.
• Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival
• Puppet-making workshops, holiday shopping at the Buddy store + more!
🔗 ChicagoCulturalCenter.org

12/01/2023

Find one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season at Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center!
From original prints and jewelry to clothing, games and toys, every purchase at Buddy supports local artists and small businesses.
Stop by Tuesdays through Sundays 11am-5pm!

11/30/2023

Plan your visit today: ChicagoCulturalCenter.org
Art + Architecture, Music + Dance, Shopping, Film, and Family Fun.
FREE Admission!

"The Cultural Center, the CAB’s traditional headquarters, is filled to capacity with diverse and electrifying examples o...
11/30/2023

"The Cultural Center, the CAB’s traditional headquarters, is filled to capacity with diverse and electrifying examples of the city as a place of practice. If you can visit only one venue, this is it."

“CAB 5: This is a Rehearsal” offers an invigorating, eclectic, unmissable exploration into the built environment as a place always in process.

The   will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume on F...
11/21/2023

The will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Normal hours will resume on Friday, November 24th.

The   will be closing early this Friday, November 17th at 3pm for the sake of that evening's Christmas Tree Lighting Cer...
11/15/2023

The will be closing early this Friday, November 17th at 3pm for the sake of that evening's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Learn more at Chicago.gov/Holiday and be sure to join us!

11/07/2023
There's SO MUCH   to enjoy at the  !“We have in-house events here, we have curriculum that we make available to teachers...
11/04/2023

There's SO MUCH to enjoy at the !
“We have in-house events here, we have curriculum that we make available to teachers and their classrooms, we have panel discussions that are age appropriate.”

Organizers on Wednesday officially kicked off the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), which is expected to attract 500,000 design buffs, Chicago residents and tourists. Events will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Thompson Center.

Tomorrow 11/4 and November 18th — Ms. Brazhal & MSB DANCE from Washington Park at 2pm! FREE!Join us for live performance...
11/03/2023

Tomorrow 11/4 and November 18th — Ms. Brazhal & MSB DANCE from Washington Park at 2pm! FREE!
Join us for live performances in the Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

Movement Strengthens Balance Dance Elite Performance Ensemble, creates the opportunity for the youth to use dance as an escape, a release and provides structure.

The City of Chicago is pleased to announce the second cohort of artists for the   Dance Studio Residency! Please welcome...
11/03/2023

The City of Chicago is pleased to announce the second cohort of artists for the Dance Studio Residency! Please welcome...
J’Sun Howard
Amalia Raye Wiatr Lewis
Aaliyah Christina
Amanda Ramirez
Chih-Jou Cheng
Helen Lee
Drew Lewis/House of DOV
Jenna Pollack
Keisha Janae

The Dance Studio Residency provides space, time and funding for Chicago dancemakers to create new work, and each artist or group offers free public engagements – artists talks, workshops, works-in-progress and more – to build diverse intersections and welcome more dialogue between audiences and artists.

The artists will be introduced [in dialogue] at free public panels on Tuesdays, November 14th and December 12th. Learn more at the link below:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/dance_residency.html

The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency is supported in part by a grant from the Walder Foundation. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reposted  :  Thank you to all the incredible partners, participants, and our wonderful audience who made yesterday's   g...
11/03/2023

Reposted : Thank you to all the incredible partners, participants, and our wonderful audience who made yesterday's grand opening a truly wonderful event. The day was filled with programs, including a discussion with the Floating Museum team moderated by Lydia Ross, Senior Strategist of the , as well as a conversation between co-director and Chicago Poet Laureate with Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker about her new book, A House that Made History. The night’s performances concluded with a special presentation by the Joe Hall Dancers.

Today we have yet another dynamic lineup of thought-provoking discussions, literary explorations, captivating performances, and much more. Please find the details of our upcoming programming below.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Theatre for One: Open Live Rehearsal of poem by Anne Carson
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
📍Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square

Curatorial Panel: The Time of the Land
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
📍Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room

Theatre for One: This is a Rehearsal Live Performances
2:30 PM-4:30 PM
📍Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square

Deb Sokolow "Visualizing" Opening
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
📍Western Exhibitions, 1709 W Chicago Ave

UNMONUMENT CHICAGO: AFTER WORK
5:30 PM
📍Blanc Gallery, 4445 S Martin Luther King Dr.

Committee of Six: Screening and Public Discussion
7:00 PM
📍Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E Garfield Blvd

NOW OPEN, "Freedom Square: The Black Girlhood Altar," — Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor EastLearn more including th...
11/01/2023

NOW OPEN, "Freedom Square: The Black Girlhood Altar," — Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

Learn more including the season-long live programming schedule at this link: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/freedom_square.html

A Long Walk Home, Inc. is a national art organization that empowers young people to end violence against girls and women. Since its inception in 2003, A Long Walk Home has built a powerful collective of artists, activists, healers, survivors, scholars, and women and girls of color leaders. We are committed to increasing resources and opportunities for society’s most vulnerable girls and women in the Chicago area -- low-income girls and women of color, those with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified -- and those most impacted by violence.

During the uprising and global pandemic in 2021, A Long Walk Home's Chicago-based artists Scheherazade Tillet and Robert Narciso created The Black Girlhood Altar. The Black Girlhood Altar is a multimedia, artifact-based, video, and object-based artwork to create sacred spaces and honor the lives of Black girls and young Black women who have gone missing or been murdered. As a mode of urgent healing – weaving together commemoration and advocacy – the Black Girlhood Altar is built on years of engaged work in Chicago and taking on national prominence. This temporary monument traveled through various neighborhoods in Chicago before being exhibited at Chicago Cultural Center. Other installations were at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Project Row Houses in Houston, Project for Empty Space in Newark, and the Minnesota State Capitol in St Paul. As a vital cultural institution in the heart of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center represents the democratization of arts for public life. This iteration Freedom Square: The Black Girlhood Altar supports a necessary dialogue with the City of Chicago about the crisis of missing and murdered Black girls and young women. The exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center creates a space for artists, families, organizers and young people to engage in a public conversation.

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Friday 10am - 5pm
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