It’s a wonderful thing having children that are open to different experiences when we travel. One thing my girls have all inherited, is an appreciation for what previous generations endured to make this country great. Sometimes this means admiring buildings that are over centuries old.
Chicago Cultural Center boasts one of the most comprehensive showcases of arts in the United States. Opening as the cultural center in 1977, the building was originally the central library, completed in 1897. It is our nation’s first free city cultural center.
We began our self guided tour on the main floor. There were many winding rooms with lots of different art displays, photos, and history about the city.
There were several rooms filled with mini architectural structures, and photos of buildings showing different types of architecture. The girls were fascinated by all the little figures and the detail involved.
Anna had fun taking lots of pictures. She even won ribbons for entered photos into our county fair.
As we headed to the Grand Staircase, I was taken back by the beautiful tile mosaic artwork and marble detail all around us, including all the moldings. They even offer free architectural tours, you can find more information HERE.
At the top of the Grand Staircase is the Preston Bradley Hall, which is used by the mayor to host presidents, royalty, and diplomats. The ceiling is adorned with a Tiffany dome, which they claim to be the largest in the world. it was absolutely breathtaking.
Having previously been the central library, the tile mosaics include names of authors, and quotes.
Artwork was uniquely part of walking through the building. Like this this beam archway.
A wide variety of mediums were present in the displays.
In the Grand Army of the Republic rotunda, there is another beautiful stained glass dome. I would be perfectly content to sit and listen to a book here.
We came across another room with more architectural mini structures. These were more artful than the others.
There were even suspension bridges in one of the atriums.
Having been to Chicago many times before, I was glad to finally visit the cultural center. It is no surprise the cultural center is one of the most popular attractions in the city.
Which cultural centers have you visited? Which are your favorites? We would love to add more to our list.