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Canceled - Solstice Stained Glass Studio Tour

A look into the past, present, and future of architectural glazing, fabrication and restoration.

This event has been canceled. If you are interested in getting on a list for an upcoming tour please contact

Ever wondered what lies behind the beauty of stained glass?

Cathedrals and Louis Comfort Tiffany are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to the rich history and life of the stained and leaded glass. On this behind-the-scenes tour of Solstice Stained Glass Studio with its owner, Emily Carlson and Atlas Obscura Field Agent Patti Swanson, you'll learn about the art of stained glass, past and present.

In addition to the special access tour, your enlightening evening will include a laid-back history lecture, where we'll be touching upon the medium’s history in Chicago and beyond. Afterwards, we’ll explore the studio and learn about the process of restoring, fabricating, and designing stained glass in the modern era. Refreshments provided!


  • Photography will be allowed.
  • You must be 18 to attend.
  • This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!
  • Due to the presence of dust, wood, and glass, we advise you not to wear your best clothes. Closed-toe shoes highly recommended.
  • Limited 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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