Booknerd Adventure: Chicago Cultural Center

(Please note: Obviously, this visit happened and these picture were taken while I was still pregnant.  Like, eight months pregnant.  Yeah, this post is seriously delayed.)

If we’re being honest, this adventure was completely unplanned.  In truth, I had family in town and we were planning on going to the top of the Sears Tower.  (No, I will not refer to it as the Willis Tower.) However, when we arrived there we found the wait was 3 hours, and as I was 8 months pregnant that was simply not about to happen.

So, being that we were in downtown Chicago, my husband suggested we go to the gorgeous Chicago Cultural Center.  The CCC was originally the Chicago Public Library, and it shows in the building’s book-centric focus.

There’s Chicago Publishers Gallery, which is a big room that showcases publishing companies from around Chicago!

Booklovers will marvel at the names of famous authors within the tile of the buildings ceiling and walls!

Yes, please.

Literary items are on sale in the gift shop!


I don’t have a photo of it, but the building also houses the world’s largest Tiffany dome.  Beat that, every other city that isn’t Chicago!

For sure, a booknerd could get lost in this place.  And the best thing about it is that you can wander around and take pictures of all this majesty for free.

A word to the pregnant.. this place has some STEPS.


About JamieP

Books. Adventures. Chicago. Married. Mommy. Cat.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ooh, I’ve walked past this place many times, but I’ve never been inside. I’ll have to visit soon! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. This place is probably the least appreciated in Chicago because nobody really knows about it! Free of charge every day to just walk through and admire the mind-blowing architecture and there is always one or two free art exhibits going on. My favourite building in Chicago, that dome has to be seen to be believed. (If you can get to it, the day we went you couldn’t get into the room because of a wedding.)

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