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Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

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Address: 600 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611-3419
Phone Number: (312) 595-7437
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The stained glass is gorgeous. I just wish it wasn't hidden away in a hallway at Navy Pier. The nice thing is that it is never crowded but such beautiful pieces should be in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The stained glass is gorgeous. I just wish it wasn't hidden away in a hallway at Navy Pier. The nice thing is that it is never crowded but such beautiful pieces should be in more elegant surounding.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Windows from many famous artists are displayed along the hallway of Navy Pier. The display is free and always open. Navy Pier is a great place to visit while in Chicago, and this free exhibit just makes it that much more interesting.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass is surprisingly located between attractions inside Navy Pier. We were actually headed to the Winter Wonderland event and were caught off guard when we came upon this impressive collection. At first I thought it would be better situated in a free-standing museum; however, when I saw all kinds of people of every age stop... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you have an interest in stained glass windows, this is a lovely hors d'oeuvre. Basically it is a decorative filler in the hallway that is the entrance to the ballroom at the end of the pier. As previously mentioned, if you are at the end of the pier you might as well go in and have a look. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

One of the interesting and often overlooked attractions on Navy Pier is the Stained Glass Displays. The pieces are not displayed in a typical museum setting but are arranged along the interior pedestrian walkway about halfway down the pier. This puts them away from the crowds and allows for a more relaxed atmosphere. It is a free exhibit so by... More 

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Tucked away at Navy Pier almost as a filler, this stained glass museum will surprise you with the detail and infromation about the art of stained glass. Might not be worth a special trip, but if you are at Navy Pier for another event, stop by to see this display.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I will say that it is absolutely beautiful. I would recommend that you go with someone when you walk through it as, in the evening when it isn't a busy, it can feel very deserted and a little dark/creepy to walk through the rooms alone. There were one or two shady looking characters hanging out - not inside, but nearby... More 

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Hendricks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

It was a gorgeous display that was easy to wander and peruse. Free, but would have been worth paying a fee any day. I had a lovely time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Especially during winter months when there aren't many outdoor activities going on at (the very touristy) Navy Pier, this amazing broad collection of stained glass (Tiffany, Alfonse Mucha, etc) is a breath of fresh air (no pun intended)! Easy to see, part of the walk through the internal public area of the Pier (i.e. free). All windows are from the... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

An extensive collection of beautiful stained glass, including gorgeous pieces from Tiffany and Alfonse Mucha. Not to be missed.

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Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville
Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.