Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago, IL

From the editor

The Chicago Cultural Center has long been one of our favorite downtown activities. Though located across the street from the oft-touristed Millennium Park, the Cultural Center is quieter than most attractions along Michigan Avenue and features a rotating calendar of entirely free exhibits and events. The first floor galleries show work from local and regional artists, with traveling exhibits on upper floors. Originally built as Chicago's first public library, the building is maxed out on decorative ornamentation, including two very large and beautiful stained glass domes. A great place to wander!


  • The Cultural Center is a secret place to get some work done with free wifi and a large cafe space, but grab coffee from Intelligentsia around the corner on Randolph! It tastes better.
  • Stop in for a free lunchtime classical concert every Monday and Wednesday, and check their website for film screenings.