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Chicago Cultural Center Reopens With Store Selling Locally Made Goods, New Exhibits

The Cultural Center had been closed since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The northern lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center on April 26, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cultural Center reopens Wednesday after being closed more than a year due to coronavirus.

The center, 77 E. Randolph St., is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and has free admission. It’s back with new exhibits and amenities for visitors, including a store with art and other objects made in Chicago, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

The Cultural Center will feature the exhibit “Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: League of Nations,” which examines power struggles through architectural installation and sculpture. Another exhibit, “what flies but never lands?,” displays pieces of work that “resist the recollective slipstreams of the present,” according to the center’s website.

A third exhibit, “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life,” will open June 19.

The center also worked with a design team, Made, from Englewood to revamp its Learning Lab. The lab is open to people of all ages and abilities and features an interactive light installation.

And the center has a new store, called BUDDY, where guests can browse goods made in Chicago by local artists and entrepreneurs. The store includes vinyl records, honey, toys for children, perfume and other goods.

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