Built over 100 years ago as Chicago's premier public library building as well as a memorial building to the Union veterans of the Civil War. The building is at Washington and Michigan Avenues across the street from Millenium Park. Among the many highlights is a Tiffany dome as well as the somber rotunda and meeting hall dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic.


The building boasts one of the most beautiful and well preserved interiors from the glory days of Chicago downtown architecture. Wednesday - Saturday there is a free guided tour departing at 1:15pm limited to first 20 participants to check in. Private tours can be arranged as well. Open from 9am (10am on Sunday) until early evening all days except federal or state holidays.


Check the following link ahead of time as many days have a variety of performing art programs scheduled. Cultural Center daily programs


If I can't convince your better angels to stop in, well there is always the free wi-fi connection the public can access indoors.


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