Chicago Cultural Center

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 Chicago’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. Come for the beauty, stay for the events.

Mission: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Mission: To enrich Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy

Imagine a quarantine without music, tv, stories, and art. Let's not leave our creatives behind in this critical time. #a...
04/30/2020

Imagine a quarantine without music, tv, stories, and art. Let's not leave our creatives behind in this critical time. #artsforillinois needs to raise an additional $65,000 in grassroots donations by May 4th. Donate here to help artists in need: https://bit.ly/ILArtsRelief

04/29/2020
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Happy International Day of Dance! Enjoy this brief documentary, "Dancing Around the World," by our resident artist Nejla Yatkin.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, live events and access to the Chica...
04/24/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, live events and access to the Chicago Cultural Center are closed through May 30th. Stay tuned for more ongoing virtual programs!
Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, DCASE has announced the following:
•Special Event permits will not be issued for parades, athletic events or neighborhood festivals through May 30.
•The Chicago Film Office is not issuing permits for filming through May 30.
•DCASE venues include Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Clarke House Museum, Expo 72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower are closed to the public. All events and programs are canceled through May 30.
•The opening of Chicago City Markets (scheduled for May 7) has been postponed until after May 30. Maxwell Street Market is closed through May 30.
•The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony (scheduled for May 23) is canceled.
•Chicago In Tune, including the 4th Annual Chicago House Music Conference & Festival (scheduled for May 21–24), the 35th Chicago Gospel Music Festival (scheduled for May 27–30) and the 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival (scheduled for June 5–7), is canceled.
•The Year of Chicago Music will extend into 2021.

"StoryCorps Connect Gives You Every Reason to Call Grandma"- The venerable story-sharing service is virtual for the firs...
04/18/2020
StoryCorps in Chicago

"StoryCorps Connect Gives You Every Reason to Call Grandma"- The venerable story-sharing service is virtual for the first time—and is giving people an opportunity to interview faraway loved ones.

"StoryCorps Connect Gives You Every Reason to Call Grandma"- The venerable story-sharing service is virtual for the first time—and is giving people an opportunity to interview faraway loved ones.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
04/01/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

We’re excited to share the launch of the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. It's part of #ArtsForIllinois, a new platform to share, connect and inspire through the arts. Mayor Lightfoot joined Governor Pritzker today for the announcement.
Click below to learn more and support ART!

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
03/25/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

DCASE understands the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will be in touch with those details very soon. In the meantime, please visit our Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) website for a new list of COVID-19 Arts Community Resources - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.
👉https://bit.ly/3al1i1s

On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, thank you again for your steadfastness, professionalism and inventiveness during this challenging time. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the City's website at www.cityofchicago.org/coronavirus. This site is updated several times daily by the Department of Public Health, led by Commissioner Allison Arwady, and will continue to be enhanced as we learn more about this challenge.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
03/18/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

"We understand the enormous economic impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will be in touch with details as they become available. In the meantime, please continue to work with your service and advocacy organizations to carefully track the negative consequences of closures and cancellations."
- Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner

Please click below for Commissioner Kelly's full statement + artist and organization opportunities that are currently available including our ArtsSpace Program, the City of Chicago Mural Registry and more.

The Chicago Cultural Center is closed and all events and tours are now cancelled through May 15. Please refer to the Chi...
03/18/2020
Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is closed and all events and tours are now cancelled through May 15. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website, chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

03/12/2020

Attention: The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed Saturday, March 14th. Normal hours resume on Sunday.

Now open and FREE to see!𝐍𝐊𝐀𝐌𝐄: 𝐀 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐲𝐨́𝐧 (𝟏𝟗𝟔𝟕–𝟏𝟗𝟗𝟗)👉 http://bit.ly/2HFRUsH
03/03/2020

Now open and FREE to see!
𝐍𝐊𝐀𝐌𝐄: 𝐀 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐲𝐨́𝐧 (𝟏𝟗𝟔𝟕–𝟏𝟗𝟗𝟗)
👉 http://bit.ly/2HFRUsH

We're in for a REAL treat with Porchlight Music Theatre this weekend! Bring the kids as they learn music, sing, dance an...
03/02/2020
Juicebox

We're in for a REAL treat with Porchlight Music Theatre this weekend! Bring the kids as they learn music, sing, dance and even help the performers bring a story to life.
Here this Friday and at Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday. FREE!

Can't wait for tomorrow's screening! 👉  Chicago Premiere of Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition. Check out this great ...
02/27/2020
The Arts Section 02/23/20: Profile of DUSTY GROOVE Doc + Interview with Opera Singer Brandon Jovanovich — The Arts Section

Can't wait for tomorrow's screening! 👉 Chicago Premiere of Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition. Check out this great interview from our friends at WDCB Listener-Supported Jazz & Blues.

On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek takes a closer look the new documentary, DUSTY GROOVE: THE SOUND OF TRANSITION. The film highlights a series of stories told through peoples’ connections to their record collections. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and J

Now open — In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration.In Flux is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition that highligh...
02/19/2020

Now open — In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration.
In Flux is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition that highlights the influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. With over 20 contemporary artists, In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration illustrates a living and evolving legacy between past and present work by Chicago immigrants in art and design.
Curated by Tricia Van Eck, Director of 6018North.

Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band is an award-winning group that plays unique homemade instruments! Bring the kids to J...
02/18/2020
Juicebox

Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band is an award-winning group that plays unique homemade instruments! Bring the kids to Juicebox this weekend for a unique FREE performance! Here on Friday and Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday.

Get indoors this weekend! More specifically, come by the People's Palace to see our newest exhibit, Luis A. Sahagun's "B...
02/14/2020

Get indoors this weekend! More specifically, come by the People's Palace to see our newest exhibit, Luis A. Sahagun's "Both Eagle and Serpent" on the first floor Michigan Avenue Galleries.
More info 👉 http://bit.ly/2UW0N9h

Funkadesi blends Indian music with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. Stop by here this Fri...
02/04/2020
Juicebox

Funkadesi blends Indian music with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. Stop by here this Friday and at Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday for a free children's performance!

01/30/2020
Open Mike

This Wednesday!
Must have high school I.D. to attend.
SocialWorks
#2020isYOCM #ChiMusic

International Music Foundation
01/29/2020

International Music Foundation

We hope to see you today for our #DameMyraHessMemorial concert featuring the Danbi Um and Kuang-Hao Huang at the Chicago Cultural Center. The concert begins at 12:15 pm, please join us!

01/26/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Chicago Mayor's Office

Happy Lunar New Year to all those who are celebrating. Amy and I wish you health, happiness, and good fortune.

This Friday at noon!Celebrate the beginning of Chinese New Year with the The Chinese Fine Arts Society at their free Chi...
01/19/2020
Chinese New Year in Chicago | Choose Chicago

This Friday at noon!
Celebrate the beginning of Chinese New Year with the The Chinese Fine Arts Society at their free Chinese New Year Kickoff!
Enjoy a lunch hour performance featuring lion dances, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, and special guest artists directly from China — the Zhejiang Shaoju Opera Theatre.

Ring in the Chinese New Year in Chicago! The city is welcoming the Year of the Rat with a city-wide celebration from Jan. 24 through…

Award-winning NYC singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton will be here and at Garfield Park Conservatory this Fri/Sat for FREE as...
01/15/2020
Juicebox

Award-winning NYC singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton will be here and at Garfield Park Conservatory this Fri/Sat for FREE as part of the Juicebox children's performance series!
Suzi promises "ladybugs, raindrops and colorful fish." :)

International Music Foundation
01/06/2020

International Music Foundation

Join us Wednesday for our #DameMyraHessMemorial concert featuring Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky. Natalie, 22, is originally from Chicago, IL and has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. Doors open at 12:15 pm, and we hope to see you there! https://bit.ly/34eZ28N

01/05/2020

Reminder: The Chicago Cultural Center will be CLOSED tomorrow and Tuesday, January 6th & 7th, as the Chicago Architecture Biennial loads out. Normal hours resume on Wednesday.

The Chicago Cultural Center will be CLOSED this Mon/Tues January 6th & 7th as the Chicago Architecture Biennial loads ou...
01/03/2020

The Chicago Cultural Center will be CLOSED this Mon/Tues January 6th & 7th as the Chicago Architecture Biennial loads out.
LAST CHANCE to see this fantastic, building-wide experience is this weekend!
👀👉 http://bit.ly/2FfyjhB

Chicago Architecture Biennial
01/03/2020

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Happy new year! Start the new decade with a tour of the Biennial. We’ve added new tours to our schedule for the final four days of the exhibition (link in bio). Revisit projects such as Maria Gaspar @ometsol’s “Unblinking Eyes, Watching” (pictured left).⁣

An interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Gaspar uncovers and challenges traditional power dynamics, addressing what she calls “spatial justice” by exposing systemic imbalances, including those in the prison system. Since 2012 Gaspar has realized site-specific interventions and long-term community art projects at Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the United States, located in the artist’s childhood neighborhood in Chicago’s West Side. ⁣

The large-scale photo mural “Unblinking Eyes, Watching,” installed at the Biennial, is developed from images of the most historic wall of Cook County jail. Looking at incarceration from points of view both within and around the massive structure, the piece demonstrates how the institution is a shared backdrop to the daily lives of those living on both sides of its walls. #chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣

First image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Francis Son, 2019⁣
Second image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cory Dewald, 2019 @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Architecture Biennial
12/26/2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Biennial reopens today starting at 10am! We hope your holidays have been full of peace and joy as we start our final days at the @chiculturcenter. Don’t miss your chance to take a guided tour and learn details about projects you may have not have known, visit the link in our bio for a full schedule of last tours.

Did you know that Mecca Flats, a former hotel in the Bronzeville neighborhood originally built to house visitors to the 1893 Columbian Exposition, is the site of the Mies van der Rohe–designed S. R. Crown Hall today? “Material Memories: The Mecca Flats Archives” (ca. 1892, excavated 2018), the project of Biennial contributor Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive (CAPA) archives the history of Mecca Flats. The Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive (CAPA) is an independent organization devoted to the documentation, archiving, and stewardship of materials related to all aspects of Chicago’s architectural history. ⁣

The installation displays encaustic tiles, archaeological tools as well as selections from CAPA’s collection of salvaged fragments from Mecca Flats, an important social and cultural center for the growing community of African Americans migrating from the South. In 1952, after a decade of conflict with residents and housing advocates over urban renewal policies, the city demolished it to make space for an Illinois Institute of Technology campus expansion. ⁣

In 2018, during a maintenance excavation on the west side of the building, workers unearthed these fragments of Mecca Flats’ tiled ground floors, which CAPA carefully collected and catalogued. Their reclamation forces reflection on the erasures that inevitably accompany modernization and urban renewal. ⁣⁣⁣#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣⁣⁣

First image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019⁣
Second image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cory Dewald, 2019 @ Chicago Cultural Center

The People's Palace will close early at 5pm on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed all day on Wednesday, December ...
12/22/2019

The People's Palace will close early at 5pm on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed all day on Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas.
Normal hours resume on Thursday.
Happy #ChiHolidays!

Future Hits is an “educational rock powerhouse" whose songs build important language skills while cultivating children's...
12/17/2019
Juicebox

Future Hits is an “educational rock powerhouse" whose songs build important language skills while cultivating children's love for learning. FREE here on Friday and Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday.

Chicago Architecture Biennial
12/10/2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Our final curatorial programs start tomorrow night! As important extensions of curatorial conversations and contributor projects, each of the dedicated series imagines spaces and programs to support inclusive and diverse explorations of the built environment today.⁣⁣ https://www.facebook.com/events/2471600046453379/
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One of the features of our December series is the performance “A song, a felt structure: We are putting ourselves back together again”, developed by Tanya Lukin Linklater @afognak_suk with Laura Ortman @ortwoman, composer, on amplified violin, and dancers Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert @ceinwen73. Lukin Linklater frequently employs performances, videos, and installations to call attention to overlooked histories—an effort that she renders all the more affecting by her choice of venues: often museums with collections that include Indigenous belongings (sometimes called artifacts).⁣⁣
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Pictured in the first image is the sculpture “Indigenous geometries” (2019), by Lukin Linklater and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge @tiffanysc. The sculpture becomes the site of performance starting this Thursday, with open rehearsals Thursday through Saturday and culminating in a final performance Saturday, 12/14, from 4-5pm. ⁣⁣
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Pictured in the second and third images are stills of performers Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert: “...you are judged to be going against the flow because you are insistent” Part 2, 2017. HD Video Stills courtesy of Tanya Lukin Linklater. ⁣⁣
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Please note that open rehearsals and performance are standing room. If you need a seat for the event please email [email protected].⁣⁣

All curatorial programs are free and open to the public. For full event details and to RSVP visit the link at our bio. ⁣#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣⁣
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First image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cory Dewald, 2019. @ Chicago Cultural Center

With positive lyrics honoring inclusion and compassion, Wendy & DB's melodic, interactive and contagious songs delight a...
12/02/2019
Juicebox

With positive lyrics honoring inclusion and compassion, Wendy & DB's melodic, interactive and contagious songs delight all, from newborn to one hundred and two!
Bring the kids here on Friday and Garfield Park Conservatory this Saturday for a FREE performance!

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Donald Muldrow Griffith At first, I did not realize the artist is Ollie Harrington, whom I met in Berlin prior to the departure of the Berlin Wall. He was a very supportive gentleman of the efforts of Fountainhead Tanz Theatre & the other persons with whom we would regularly meet, near the Berlin Zoo U-Bahn. I -we have had the privilege of presenting his works, which he later presented to me, every year in our Film Festival Programs, which we consider an Artistic & Educational Honor. Thank you Bro Ollie Harrington. Long Live your contributions to personal & World Culture!