Usually when you see stained glass, it’s perched high up in a cathedral somewhere, casting multicolored rays of sunlight over an altar. But hidden among the ferris wheel and souvenir shops of Chicago’s Navy Pier is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which brings the art form down to earth by making it intimate and even romantic—perfect for a casual date with your sweetheart. The museum’s 150 stained glass windows are hung at eye-level and lit from behind, so you can enjoy them up-close in all their luminous beauty. The art on display is both religious and secular, and is divided between Victorian, Prairie, modern, and contemporary, so if you think you’ve seen stained glass, get ready for a surprise. Alongside original works by masters like Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge, you’ll find stained glass portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Michael Jordan, and even a window created entirely of soda bottles. It’s the only museum of its kind in the world, and you and your date can spend the whole afternoon marveling at the details in each piece, talking, laughing, and getting lost in all the colors.

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

800 E Grand Ave Chicago IL 60611

(312) 595-7437

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