Famous glass homeless

Staff Writer

The stained glass windows that adorned the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are still searching for a home.

The University of Chicago removed many of the stained glass windows during the construction to turn the building into the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

The windows were donated to Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Advocate intended to use them in its new patient tower.

“However, building design alterations changed our campus’ original plans for those windows,” said Mike Maggio, manager of public affairs and marketing for Advocate Christ Medical Center.

The hospital is working with its sister hospitals, Maggio said, to find a home where the panels can be appropriately displayed.

The 21 panels, each containing a figure or patriarch are grouped into seven arched sets. Each panel is about 10 feet long, though the arch adds more in height.
Maggio could not say if the set would be broken up or kept in its entirety.

The university bought CTS, 5757 S. University Ave., in 2010 with plans to transform it into a school for economic research. When it is completed early next year it will include a research pavilion and 58th Street will become pedestrian-only. The front of the building was moved so it now faces 58th Street.