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Chicago Cultural Center

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 December 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

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 (that I captured HERE and HERE) 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.

Photo captured September 13, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent point of view and interesting history. The stained-glass domes are magnificent as well.

2 Dec 2014 6:52am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Fantastic reflections in the windows.:-)

2 Dec 2014 10:05am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nice architecture doc shot

2 Dec 2014 11:17am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle architecture. Couleurs et reflets merveilleux.)

2 Dec 2014 11:22am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of the cityscape. Beautiful architecture.

2 Dec 2014 2:53pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture. Wonderful composition. Excellent. :)

2 Dec 2014 3:00pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

That building looks very well built and in an appealing style. Very good picture.

2 Dec 2014 4:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec les reflets dans les vitres quelle image et centre rectangulaire superbe
Bravo et belle soirée

2 Dec 2014 4:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THe windows really captivate my eye

2 Dec 2014 5:45pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful framing of this superb building !

2 Dec 2014 5:59pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Great description for a great image. The light is superb.

2 Dec 2014 6:42pm

franz from Baden, Austria

striking architecture amidst the contemporary steel and glass towers! interesting info, as always !

2 Dec 2014 6:55pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Interesting description of the place. I like the reflections in the numerous windows.

2 Dec 2014 7:50pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Chicago has wonderful architecture.

2 Dec 2014 10:21pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, colors & lighting!
Amazing reflections!

2 Dec 2014 10:35pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

The architectural contrast against the buildings of the background is just fabulous ... Excellent shot and great information !!!

2 Dec 2014 11:38pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful architecture.

3 Dec 2014 12:26am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this grand old building. They don't build them like this any more.

3 Dec 2014 12:41am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a gorgeous building! The Tiffany dome sounds amazing. The architecture is just beautiful! I also like the reflection in the windows!

3 Dec 2014 2:27am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A beautiful building. I love those arched windows.

3 Dec 2014 3:31am

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3 Dec 2014 10:11am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I love this building. I took my teenage daughter downtown in the early 1990s, mostly to see Marshall Fields and Water Tower and we stumbled into the building that I remembered as the old public library. It was run-down but awesomely beautiful. I believe that they had just decided not to tear it down, but were unsure where they would get the money to restore it. Even my teen was aghast that they would consider tearing it down, but of course it all comes down to money. I am so glad to see it restored and the Bean, etc. built to make that part of Chicago a destination.

8 Dec 2014 4:01am