Spend a Day at “The People’s Palace”: Chicago Cultural Center Spring Open House

Since it was built in 1897 as the library, the building at the corner of Randolph and Michigan has been an integral part of the city. When the library moved to its current home on State Street in 1991 the Chicago Cultural Center was born. Since then it’s been a center for free arts and music programming, exhibitions, and home to one of the most popular Chicago Visitor Center locations.

You can celebrate this incredible cultural resouce that’s open to all every day, but especially on March 6. The center is hosting its Spring Open House with a full day of programming and exhibitions that highlights the upcoming season.

“The Spring Open House welcomes residents and visitors of all ages to explore or rediscover the Chicago Cultural Center, one of the city’s crown jewels,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

In addition to the entertainment you can learn more about the history of this magnificent structure as well as the renovation work being undertaken with two building tours.

The full schedule is presented below. Come for one or come for all at The People’s Palace.

  • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.  Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures, Landmark Chicago Gallery
  • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.  Alison Ruttan: if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, Michigan Avenue Galleries
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m.  Ian Weaver: Black Knights’ Archive, Chapter One: Migration, Chicago Rooms
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m.  Richard Hunt: Sixty Years of Sculpture, Exhibit Hall
  • 11 a.m.  Juicebox with Storybox Improv Theatre, Preston Bradley Hall
  • Noon  Wired Fridays with DJ Mike Dunn, Randolph Square
  • 12:15 p.m.  University of Chicago – First Friday Lecture Series: We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: The Trials of George Anastaplo, Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • 1–5 p.m.  Open Studio with Faheem Majeed & Jeremiah Huselbos-Spofford, Garland Gallery
  • 1:15 p.m.  Building Tour with Volunteer Docent Guide, Randolph Lobby
  • 2 p.m.  Film Screening: “The Show Must Go On: An Intimate Portrait of The Flying Wallendas,” Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • 3–5 p.m.  Meet the Artists with Adebukola Bodunrin & Mahwish Chishty, Artist Studio
  • 4 p.m.  Building Tour with Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian, Randolph Lobby
  • 5:30–9 p.m.  Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist – Preview, Sidney R. Yates Gallery
  • 6 p.m.  Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist – Lecture by Dr. Richard J. Powell, Curator, Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • 7:30–9 p.m.  Chicago WinterDance featuring 1920s Charleston and jazz with The Galaxie & The Lake Shore Four, Preston Bradley Hall
  • 7:30 p.m.  Akvavit Theatre: “Blue Planet” by Andri Snær Magnason, $15 via akvavittheatre.org, NOTE LOCATION: Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.)
  • 8 p.m.  Cock & Bull Theatre: “Voyage,” Dance Studio

The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL.






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