“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear,” said Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1916.
This Obscura Day, join Field Agent Patti Swanson for an early morning exploration of some of the city’s most brilliant mosaic works. As one of the most prolific art glass artisans in American history, Tiffany left a colorful and shimmering legacy embedded in Chicago’s architecture—a legacy that, along with those of Roger Brown and Marc Chagall, we'll explore together.
- This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!
- Meet Field Agent Patti outside of the Chicago Cultural Center's Washington Street entrance.
- Be ready to walk 1.5 miles.
- Wear shoes fit for an adventure and a cold weather outfit to match.
- No ADA access.
- The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.
About Patti Swanson
Patti Swanson is an architectural historian, educator, preservation enthusiast, and bookbinder living in Chicago. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters. She worked as a tour guide for four years in various capacities before starting her own walking tour company, Chicago for Chicagoans, in 2016. Patti factors lots of local collaboration into her tours and strongly believes in making history accessible to everyone. She is best described as "Shazam for buildings," and can be found on her website Chicago for Chicagoans.
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