The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city’s most popular attractions and is considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States.

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. As the needs of the city evolved, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center.

Each year, the center features more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts.

Video produced by Matthew Stanton
Narration by Greg M. Schumaker

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60601