Preview: Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Date(s) - 09/07/2019 - 03/08/2020
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Driehaus Museum


Cover image – courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

What’s up? The Richard H. Driehaus Museum presents Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany, with an incredible collection of some of Tiffany’s most iconic works during the Gilded Age.

Damage? Free for members, $20 – general public

Don’t miss British artist Yinka Shonibare inspiring onging exhibit at the Driehaus © Spirikal for WhereNYC

Why you should go. Towards the end of the 19th century, as the social and economic climate in the United States shifted—driven by the wealth created through industrialization, internal migration following the Civil War, and an influx of immigrants—the nation’s religious views shifted, too. This was, in part, an appreciation for the country’s achievements and a desire to celebrate what many saw as divinely inspired success. By some estimates, thousands of churches were commissioned and under construction during this period, and with that building boom came a desire for each religious community to distinguish itself and its house of worship.

One of several works of Tiffany currently on display at the Driehaus © Spirikal for WhereNYC

Louis Comfort Tiffany saw this as an opportunity for business growth and drew on his firm’s technical prowess and innovations in glass-working, along with the creativity of the artists he employed, to meet these congregations’ needs.

Useful tips

  • For hours and admission 
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • The museum is not recommended for infants.
  • Fancy a drink or a bit to eat in the area?
  1. Beacon Tavern 405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  2. Dublin 4 Irish Pub and Cafe 345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
  3. Gyu-Kaku Chicago 210 E Ohio St, by St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611-3268 – Japanese Barbecue
  4. Kerryman Irish Bar 661 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
  5. Pops for Champagne 601 N State St (by Grand), Chicago, IL 60610