The Chicago Cultural Center has to be my favorite sacred space. Sure, Chicago has churches, some of them are even historic, but it is the ritual, not the space that makes a church spiritual. When you walk into the Cultural Center, there is a sort of hush, as if you’re walking to a library, which is exactly what this building used to be. The books are long gone, but the building was saved from the wreckers ball, and now the public wanders in and out, enjoying the wall mosaics, the marble staircases, and the Tiffany stained glass dome.
I never get tired of walking through this building. Today there is a five piece string group rehearsing and the Tiffany dome can be enjoyed with a proper soundtrack. (This one is 1:47 long; if you really like the building and want to see more of it, here is a slightly longer one (4:46) that shows the rooms to the side and back as well.)