Tiffany in Chicago

The Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company exhibition at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago of 1892–93 was a triumph. The award-winning, Byzantine-inspired Tiffany Chapel and display of ecclesiastical goods, a major investment by Tiffany’s newly formed firm, created an international sensation and led to a number of important commissions in the Chicago area.

A number of these survive to the present day, a testament to Tiffany’s mastery of the art of glass. The following sites and galleries are open to the public. For hours, directions, and additional information, please click on the link provided for each location. A custom map is also provided below. All distances provided are on foot; driving distances may vary slightly.

The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass

600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611
driehausmuseum.org/navy-pier

The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, located near the tip of Chicago’s Navy Pier, immerses visitors in darkened rooms bathed in the glow of 11 of Tiffany Studios’ stained glass windows, ranging from ecclesiastical to secular landscapes.

The gallery is located in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. It is open to the public during Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, the Driehaus Museum offers a special Tiffany Traveling Tour, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Mastery in Glass, that includes a guided tour of the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass (October 5 through December 28). For more information about this tour, click here.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1.5 miles

The Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington Street
chicagoculturalcenter.org

The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the Chicago Public Library, contains Tiffany’s largest known dome at 38 feet in diameter. Installed in 1897 and restored in 2008, the Favrile glass dome is located on the second floor of the center.

The building is free and open to the public. Effective September 3, hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for current hours information.

Proximity to the Driehaus Museum: 1 mile

Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures in Chicago

224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
architecture.org

Visit four of Chicago’s most magnificent art glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by Tiffany Studios. Included are a vault, a rotunda, several domes, and light fixtures in four landmark buildings of the late 19th century. Sites visited are Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Macy’s, and Marquette Building.

The guided walking tour takes place each Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Ticket are $25 for adults, $14 for CAF members, and free for members of the Art Institute and CAF. Members of the Driehaus Museum receive buy one, get one free walking tours through CAF. To be redirected to the CAF ticketing page for this tour, please click here.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1 mile

Macy’s State Street

111 N. State Street, Chicago IL 60602
visitmacyschicago.com

More than 1.6 million pieces make up the magnificent Tiffany Studios Favrile glass mosaic on the ceiling of Macy’s fifth floor. The vault was installed in 1907 in this former Marshall Field & Company flagship building.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1 mile

The Marquette Building

140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60604
marquette.macfound.org

Louis Comfort Tiffany and his chief designer and art director, the Swiss artist J.A. Holzer, created the stunning mosaics that grace the Marquette Building’s lobby and interpret moments in the life and death of Father Marquette.

A permanent exhibit in the recently restored Marquette Building lobby is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1 mile

The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
palmerhousehiltonhotel.com

The hotel was originally built by Chicago’s wealthy real estate magnate, Potter Palmer, as a gift for his wife Bertha in the late 19th century. Visitors and guests to the lobby today have the opportunity to see Tiffany’s skill as a decorator in hand-wrought bronze peacock doors, gold lobby chandeliers, and a pair of bronze majestic “Winged Angel” statues. Tiffany brass door handles, wood hinges, and hardware may also be found throughout the hotel.

The lobby bar, Potter’s Lounge, and Lockwood Restaurant are open to the public for tea, cocktails, and dining.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1 mile

Second Presbyterian Church

1936 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60616
2ndpresbyterian.org
2ndpresbyterianfriends.org

Second Presbyterian Church, a national historic landmark, houses nine majestic Tiffany windows in its Arts and Crafts sanctuary. Tours take place Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays after church service at approximately 12:15 p.m. For additional information, please visit 2ndpresbyterianfriends.org or call 800 657 0687.

Additionally, the Driehaus Museum offers two Tiffany Travel Tours that include a guided visit to Second Presbyterian Church (October 5 through December 28). For more information about Tiffany Travel Tours, click here.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 3 miles

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611
navypier.com

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent display of 150 stained-glass windows housed in a series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. In addition to Tiffany windows, the collection includes works by John LaFarge and Chicago artists Ed Paschke and Roger Brown.

The Smith Museum is located adjacent to the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. It is open to the public during Navy Pier’s regular operating hours, Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Proximity to Driehaus Museum: 1.5 miles


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Top image: The ceiling of the Chicago Cultural Center.

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