The Chicago Cultural Center contains a wide variety of activities, including free music, theater, dance, lectures, exhibits and films. The elegant and beautiful building features two stunning stained glass domes, serving as centerpieces of the landmark building. The building first opened as a library in 1897 and now enjoys an international reputation for cultural arts. Throughout the year, visitors to the Chicago Cultural Center benefit from numerous free shows and exhibitions. At the same time, artists and performers throughout the world benefit from the showcase provided by the center.