Composed of over 700,000 pieces of antique English glass and inspired by Sainte-Chapelle, the stained glass windows of the Saint James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center (formerly the Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary) have been called "the crown jewel of Chicago's architecture." 


Founded by Chicagoans of many faiths in 1994, Friends of the Windows is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of this spectacular collection of stained glass. 



The Friends of the Windows host complimentary docent-guided tours every Saturday from 9 to 11 am (except holidays).  Tickets or reservations are not required.  Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.


Important notice: Tours will be suspended until at least March 1st 2022


Masking is required, and viewer spacing is in effect.


Group Tours:  We welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and appreciation of the Chapel and its windows with architecture aficionados of all ages.  If you would like to arrange a group tour for your class, coworkers or social group, please contact Ms. Marcela Bermudez at (312) 534-8199.




Free Second Saturday at One Concerts are performed in the Chapel at Rush Street and Pearson, Chicago.  No tickets are required, but masking and seat spacing are in effect until further notice.


The Friends of the Windows also hosts free one-hour classical  programs performed by professional  vocalists and instrumentalists on the Second Saturday of each month at 1 pm (unless otherwise shown): the "Second Saturday at One" series runs from September through May each year.  No tickets or reservations are needed for these free popular hour-long fine arts programs now in their sixteenth year in the famed Chapel at the Quigley Center.  Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.


2022 Concert Schedule


Masks are required, and viewer spacing is in effect.


Feb. 12:   Jeffery Panko, piano, and Jennifer Leckie violin: A program of Beethoven sonatas.


Mar. 12:   Uli Widmaier, viola.  All Bach program


Apr. 9:      Jooyoung Kim, piano


May 14:    Zarin Mehta, piano


Barber: Excursion #3 

Bach: Toccata in g minor,
Mozart: Sonata #9 in D Major,
Brahms: Rhapsody in b minor
Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tablueax, Op. 39, No. 5
Scriabin: Sonata #4 in F# Major,
Z Mehta: Glimpses





All wedding arrangements must be made with the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Please click here to visit the Archdiocese of Chicago website, email, or call (312) 534-8199.



The Saint James Chapel is located within the Archbishop Quigley Center at 835 North Rush Street (at Pearson), just one block west of the John Hancock Center.

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Friends of the Windows

Saint James Chapel

Archbishop Quigley Center     835 N. Rush St. Chicago IL 60611

Phone: (312) 534-8092



FOW depends on volunteer help for office and phone activity.  Please leave a message and someone will return your call.

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