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Chicago Cultural Center Official page for the landmark Chicago Cultural Center (aka "The People's Palace"). Visit today for art, music and more—always free.

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

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

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Bring the kids down to our ongoing Meet An Artist series — currently featuring contemporary artists from Pocket Con now ...
09/09/2021
Chicago Cultural Center Learning Lab

Bring the kids down to our ongoing Meet An Artist series — currently featuring contemporary artists from Pocket Con now through September! FREE at the Learning Lab, 1st Floor.

The Learning Lab is a place to engage and experiment with aspects of all DCASE cultural programming.

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post
09/04/2021

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post

09/03/2021

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of #LaborDay.
Additionally — beginning on September 7th, building hours will be expanded to 10am-5pm.

Artist Chris Ware, and co-curator of "CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)," discusses his new show about the ...
09/03/2021
American Vernacular: Chicago and the Birth of the Comic

Artist Chris Ware, and co-curator of "CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)," discusses his new show about the development of an American art form. The exhibit runs through the year and has been a huge hit with visitors! Come see while you still can.

A cartoonist discusses his new show about the development of an American art form.

Meet an Artist workshop dates in the Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center with Pocket Con artists: Fri. August 27...
08/27/2021

Meet an Artist workshop dates in the Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center with Pocket Con artists:
Fri. August 27th- Cartoonist #GeorgeGant
Sat. August 28th- Artist Turtel Onli
Fri. Sept 10th- Muralist #NataliaVirafuentes
Sat. Sept 11th- Artist #EddieYeung
Fri. Sept 24th - Artist and Rapper D-Nick The Microphone Misfit
Sat. Sept 25th - Artist Ashley A. Woods

Come join! Each workshop is from 12pm-2pm and free for all!

08/27/2021

Meet an Artist with Pocket Con artists today! Today’s comics workshop is with Cartoonist #GeorgeGant in the Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Architects and designers are heading into the neighborhoods to reimagine vacant spaces in underserved communities.
08/25/2021
The Chicago Architecture Biennial Takes a Fresh Approach

Architects and designers are heading into the neighborhoods to reimagine vacant spaces in underserved communities.

Architects and designers are heading into the neighborhoods to reimagine vacant spaces in underserved communities.

NEW to the Welcome Center... CULTURE SNAPS! 😃CULTURE SNAPS features people, places and things nominated and recognized f...
08/16/2021

NEW to the Welcome Center... CULTURE SNAPS! 😃
CULTURE SNAPS features people, places and things nominated and recognized for a cultural contribution to their neighborhood’s vitality.
CULTURE SNAPS celebrates cultural assets in Chicago’s varied and vibrant 77 community areas.
SNAPS can be given to your local puppeteer, the house on the block with sculptural installations in the yard, the neighborhood culture compiler who sends out a newsletter, the local arts supporter who your community relies upon...
Stop by now to see the current roster of CULTURE SNAPS!

Know a person, place or thing in your neighborhood that deserves a SNAP? Nominate them now in the Welcome Center, 1st floor Randolph St. lobby.

Can't wait to see it!
08/12/2021

Can't wait to see it!

Big sale from our friends at Hot Tix (right across the street) for Broadway In Chicago!
08/09/2021
Hot Tix reopens soon with 48-hour sale for upcoming Broadway in Chicago shows

Big sale from our friends at Hot Tix (right across the street) for Broadway In Chicago!

Hot Tix, that Chicago answer to discounted theater tickets, will reopen Aug. 11, according to the League of Chicago Theatres. On sale: Select performances of Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming productions of “Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour,” “What the Constitution Means to Me,” “Beautif...

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Thursday, August 5th but will reopen to the public the following day on ...
08/03/2021

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Thursday, August 5th but will reopen to the public the following day on Friday, August 6th to our normal daily hours of 11a-4p.
www.ChicagoCulturalCenter.org

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Thursday, August 5th but will reopen to the public the following day on Friday, August 6th to our normal daily hours of 11a-4p.
www.ChicagoCulturalCenter.org

Curators Chris Ware & Tim Samuelson spoke with WTTW News - walking them through our newest exhibit "Where Comics Came to...
07/30/2021
Chris Ware Explores the Place ‘Where Comics Came to Life’ in New Exhibit

Curators Chris Ware & Tim Samuelson spoke with WTTW News - walking them through our newest exhibit "Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)."

We check out a new show at the Chicago Cultural Center that makes the case that the comic strip was born and raised in Chicago. Our tour guides? Artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post
07/28/2021

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post

Newcity Art's Top 5 for August includes our own 1st Floor exhibit, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨?, curated by Minh Nguyen a...
07/27/2021
Art Top 5: August 2021

Newcity Art's Top 5 for August includes our own 1st Floor exhibit, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨?, curated by Minh Nguyen and free to see now through September 5th.

Gallery shows to see this month

WDCB’s Gary Zidek visits the Chicago Cultural Center’s and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new comics exhibitions.
07/17/2021
Two New Exhibitions Explore Chicago's Comics Legacy — The Arts Section

WDCB’s Gary Zidek visits the Chicago Cultural Center’s and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new comics exhibitions.

WDCB’s Gary Zidek visits the Chicago Cultural Center’s CHICAGO: WHERE COMICS CAME TO LIFE (1880 – 1960) and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s CHICAGO COMICS: 1960 TO NOW.

A wonderful look into not only our newest exhibit, but also the wonderful rapport & friendship between curators Chris Wa...
07/06/2021
Free show ‘Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life’ at the Cultural Center is 82 jam-packed walls by Chris Ware and pal

A wonderful look into not only our newest exhibit, but also the wonderful rapport & friendship between curators Chris Ware & Tim Samuelson. Stop by now to see what they came up with!

What's black and white and color on Sundays? And owes a deep debt to Chicago? The art of comic strips comes alive in a free new exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center, curated by artist Chris Ware and historian Tim Samuelson. Spoiler alert: The Chicago Tribune is a major player.

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Sunday and Monday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
07/02/2021

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Sunday and Monday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed this Sunday and Monday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)Now open!Sidney Yates Gallery, 4th Floor NorthA significant but often over...
07/01/2021

CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)
Now open!
Sidney Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

A significant but often overlooked contribution to American art and culture is Chicago’s role in the development of the early comic strip. Through its countless newspapers and its publishing industry, Chicago led the transformation of comics from daily fantasy and joke features into ongoing stories grounded in the textures and details of real life, its first real step towards legitimacy as an expressive language and semi-literary art form.

The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with “Gasoline Alley” captured not only the rhythms and tone of everyday existence in his characters that aged not only at the same daily rate as its newspaper readers, but were also fictionalized versions of real people.

Curated by artist and author Chris Ware, and Chicago Cultural Historian Emeritus, Tim Samuelson, this exhibition is designed and planned as an intentional historical companion to the concurrently appearing survey of contemporary Chicago comics at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in which Ware’s work also appears.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

"Inspired by the history of the 1927 architectural competition in Geneva, which asked architects to submit plans for the...
06/30/2021
Glitches Distort Household Objects and Art Historical Figures in Sculptures by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

"Inspired by the history of the 1927 architectural competition in Geneva, which asked architects to submit plans for the creation of the Palace of Nations, Hulsebos-Spofford points to the unsettled quandaries and contradictions between classical design and modernist functionalism."

Artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford reenvisions classical sculptures as chaotic, glitched assemblages that piece together fragmented bits of the original work. His interpretation of "Hercules" is teeming with textured pockets of the figure's beard and facial features that become increasingly smaller a

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post
06/29/2021

Photos from Buddy at the Chicago Cultural Center's post

“Chicago is a place where there’s a lot of very strange experiments in comics. Very unusual and surprising ones."CHICAGO...
06/25/2021
New Exhibit Celebrates Chicago As ‘Comics Capital’ Of The World

“Chicago is a place where there’s a lot of very strange experiments in comics. Very unusual and surprising ones."
CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960) is open NOW for viewing!

“Chicago is a place where there’s a lot of very strange experiments in comics. Very unusual and surprising ones, Chris Ware said.

A new exhibit titled “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)” at the Chicago Cultural Center is diving deep into...
06/23/2021
The rich history of comics in Chicago on display at the Chicago Cultural Center

A new exhibit titled “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)” at the Chicago Cultural Center is diving deep into the long history of comic strips in the Windy City and how Chicago became the spiritual heart of the art form. Exhibit curator and Chicago’s premier cultural historian Tim Samuelson joins John Landecker to talk about this rich history and what visitors can see inside.

A new exhibit titled “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)” at the Chicago Cultural Center is diving deep into the long history of comic strips in the Windy City and how Chica…

what flies but never lands?June 2–September 5, 2021Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor Eastwhat flies but never lands? ...
06/19/2021

what flies but never lands?
June 2–September 5, 2021
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

what flies but never lands? presents works that, through their own logics and affects, resist the recollective slipstreams of the present. Staged in the Michigan Avenue galleries, what flies but never lands? is gently organized into three concepts, one for each room: swirl, light, and ground. Swirl proposes an imaging of history that, unlike a linear Western teleology of time, is embodied by the concentric, helical, and dual-directional form of the spiral. Light evokes the relationship between time and technology, namely the promise of technology as a font of modern progress and mastery over nature. Ground considers earthly materials as tools for record-keeping, and the mutability of these materials’ associations over time.

Curated by Minh Nguyen, the exhibition features works by Ana Garcia Jacome, Cathy Hsiao, SaraNoa Mark, Jacobo Zambrano-Rangel, Huong Ngo, Max Guy, Imani Elizabeth Jackson and S*an D. Henry-Smith.

Support for what flies but never lands? has been provided by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council, Graham Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art and Luminarts Foundation.

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Chicago Magazine talks with cultural historian Tim Samuelson and artist/curator Chris Ware about TWO upcoming comic-insp...
06/15/2021
Chicago, Comics Capital of the World

Chicago Magazine talks with cultural historian Tim Samuelson and artist/curator Chris Ware about TWO upcoming comic-inspired exhibits: Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life, 1880–1960 at the Cultural Center and Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now at the MCA.

Two related exhibitions unspool a remarkable history of innovative cartooning

While we're still a way's away from unveiling the newly-restored GAR Hall — check out some great behind-the-scenes foota...
06/15/2021
Historic Hall in Chicago Cultural Center Gets Restoration

While we're still a way's away from unveiling the newly-restored GAR Hall — check out some great behind-the-scenes footage below and stop by now to enjoy the rest of the People's Palace!
WTTW - Chicago PBS

The historic Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall is currently undergoing a vigorous restoration. We toured the site and caught up with the city’s cultural historian to learn more.

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It's always a pleasure to see the different exhibitions on this page! I've visited the Chicago Cultural Center before and it was an experience of a lifetime. Art's role in society is so important and I love supporting artists in any way that I can. I recently came across a film called 'Queen of Hearts' about Audrey Flack, the pioneer of the photorealism movement. The film was very informative and I was able to find it on Film Festival Flix, a streaming platform filled with independent films from previous and upcoming film festivals. The movie was great and I loved hearing about Audrey's journey through the industry. Film Festival Flix is a great site for supporting artists and filmmakers and if anyone has any suggestions on how to support artists, let me know please! :)