The Chicago Cultural Center isn't just a venue for weddings, you know. But with the many events that the center hosts per year, local Chicagoans rarely step into the building for, well, "culture."
So, if you're playing tour guide when the fam comes to town for the holidays, may we suggest adding the historic building to your itinerary? Not only are there always events going on, but the exhibition "Chicago, Before the Lens" -- a black and white photography display of two dozen of the city's greatest landmarks is definitely worth a peek. You can also gaze at the center's Tiffany dome (the world's largest), which was restored over the summer.
And on the way out, you'll notice the Chicago Office of Tourism is connected to the lobby. It's a great place to grab everybody some maps, and send them on their way when you get tired of entertaining. (You can thank us later for that tip.)