Mies van der Rohe and IIT: An Architectural Tour

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's influence is seen in every open-plan interior space and reaches every skyline in the world. He continues to inspire the most prominent architects of our time.

Nothing better expresses Mies' philosophy than the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), which contains his masterpiece, S. R. Crown Hall. A modern icon and National Historic Landmark, Time magazine called Crown Hall "one of the world's most influential, inspiring and astonishing structures."

Campus buildings by architectural stars Rem Koolhaas and Helmut Jahn, along with a renewed interest in modernism, have led thousands of visitors to campus each year to experience this living museum of modern architecture, a recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places.

IIT's Mies van der Rohe Society offers architectural tours that tell the story of Mies and IIT. Join us for a docent-led or self-guided audio tour—available every day, except major holidays.

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We regret that docent-led campus tours will not be available until further notice.

Self-guided audio tours are available Monday through Friday at the MTCC Welcome Desk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five iPods are available for rental at the Collens Welcome Center located at the Northwest entrance of the MTCC, 3201 South State Street. An I.D. is required to be left for the duration of the rental.



If you have questions about a special request for a group tour of 6 or more individuals, please email
Tours must be paid for in advance by credit card via the website.

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Audio tours – individual –

$10/person [cash or credit]

Docent-led tours – individual –

$10/person [cash or credit]

Group Tours – group –

$10/person ($5/student with valid ID)
*Payment can be made in advance here or in person at the time of the tour.