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“Beautiful stained glass windows displayed on Navy Pier, and free!”

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Disclaimer: My wife and I have always appreciated the beauty of stained and leaded glass, and she was a stained glass artist for several years so we probably appreciate the work and talent that goes into it more than other people. We went to the Navy Pier primarily to see this museum. We were surprised at how nice and large this museum is, especially considering there is no admission fee! There are a great number of stained glass windows in a long hall, most of them very beautiful, colorful and beautifully displayed. Many of them were rescued from houses and buildings from the Chicago area and are organized by architectural style. Some of the most extraordinary on display were made by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge. My wife and I spent quite a while closely checking out some of those. Our 29-year old son walked through a little more quickly, but even he stopped to admire several of them.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

The stained glass museum is unusual in that it is situated in a very long, meandering hallway. While some of the glass is modern, much of the stained glass dates to the 1890's. Included in the museum are some examples of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Take your time and enjoy the work.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

I can’t believe this is free!! We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all these beautiful stained glass pieces – windows saved from various structures around Chicago. Although the “facility” is basically a hallway (very long, I might add), the windows are beautiful, and worth the effort to go and see them. If you are on Navy Pier, I would consider this a must. You can take however long you want, depending on your interest in the pieces exhibited.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Wandered in not expecting much, but WOW... What an impressive collection of stained glass! I spent easily an hour looking deeply at each piece. It's at Navy Pier, so check it out. Most definitely a proper tribute to this beautiful and lost art form.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Visit the free Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows--a display of 150 stained glass windows along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall at Navy Pier. It showcases both secular and religious windows. All of the windows were designed by prominent local, national and European studios and most were originally installed in Chicago area residential, commercial and religious buildings. Well-known artists' windows on display include Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge. The museum also presents unique contemporary pieces including stained glass portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Michael Jordan and a window created from soda pop bottles.

Don't miss the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at the end of the collection. This extraordinary collection features 13 windows that highlight the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his workshop from 1890-1930.

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