Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

Lonely Planet review

Navy Pier doesn’t promote this impressive attraction very well, but hiding along the lower-level terraces of Festival Hall is the country’s first museum dedicated entirely to stained glass. Many of the 150 pieces on display were made in Chicago (a stained-glass hub in the late 1800s, thanks to the influx of European immigrants), and most hung at one point in Chicago churches, homes or office buildings.

Even if you think stained glass is something for blue-haired grandmas, you should make a point of coming by. The articulately explained collection ranges from typical Victorian religious themes to far-out designs; the rendition of basketball great Michael Jordan is especially noteworthy. Stained glass Ben Franklin glows nearby on a printer's window. And who knew stained glass helped spark feminism? It did, according to women-forged windows from the 1893 World's Fair. Fans of Louis Comfort Tiffany will rejoice to find 13 of his works hanging here.