The history of Chicago seen through its stained glass windows.

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Smith Museum of Stained Glass

A visit with a difference.

This permanent display, free to enter, has been open since 2000 and is the first museum in the country devoted exclusively to stained-glass windows. Located in Navy Pier, it showcases 150 stained-glass windows, both religious and secular, divided into four categories: Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary. Each window offers a unique, special insight into the cultural and artistic history of the city from 1870 to the current day, showing development of the various neighbourhoods and cultural areas as well as the differing artistic styles. The museum also features unique pieces such as portraits of great personalities; Martin Luther King is of particular interest, as is Michael Jordan, an interesting window created from soda pop bottles. There are also several windows from the Tiffany Glass Company of New York, one of the most famous glass designers of the United States. It is open every day of the year from ten o’clock in the morning.

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