Awash in white with exquisite marble flooring, this magnificent light-filled grand reception hall boasts a 90-foot-high glass ceiling located directly below the Burke Brise Soleil and serves as the gateway to the Museum. The site of exhibition openings, brunches, weddings, and art fairs, among other special events, Windhover Hall—whose lake side is often compared to the prow of a ship—is open to the public without charge during regular Museum hours.
Extending off this main hall are two arched promenades, the Baumgartner (east) Galleria and Schroeder Foundation (west) Galleria, offering, respectively, a sweeping view of the lake and an expanded view of the city filtered through the peaceful Cudahy Gardens. Recharge with a cup of coffee or dessert treat from The Coffee Shop, located on the south end of Baumgartner Galleria, or lunch in Café Calatrava, one level below.
For more information about the Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, please visit the architecture section.