Who would expect a massive Beaux Arts block in the heart of the city to be a hub of contemporary arts…
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Library turned arts hub
The building was originally stocked with 8,000 books gifted by English donors after the Great Fire, making it the city’s first public library. It wasn’t until nearly 100 years later, in 1991, that it became the Chicago Cultural Center.