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Marc Chagall windows reinstalled in Chicago

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  • The windows were installed in 1977 and became famous nationwide after they were featured in a scene of the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

      The windows were installed in 1977 and became famous nationwide after they were featured in a scene of the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

  • Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck at the Chicago Art Institute in the 1986 neo-classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

      Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck at the Chicago Art Institute in the 1986 neo-classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

 
Associated Press

One of the most popular attractions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Marc Chagall's "America Windows," are returning to public display after a five-year absence.

The monumental stained-glass windows, dominated by deep tones of cobalt blue, commemorate the American Bicentennial and were created by Chagall in honor of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, who died in 1976. They were installed in 1977 and became famous nationwide after they were featured in a scene of the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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The windows were removed in May 2005 to protect them during the construction of the museum's Modern Wing, which opened last year.

The windows return to public view on Nov. 1 as the centerpiece of a new presentation of public art in Chicago.

A special preview for reporters and critics was to be held Thursday.

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