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.

Request a Tour

For more information or to make a reservation for a group more than 15, please call 312.567.5000. Tours must be paid for in advance by credit card via the website.

or email

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Audio tours – individual –

Ninety-minute self-guided audio tours are available daily from 10 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.
$10/person, $5/students

$10/person [cash or credit]

Docent-led tours – individual –

Docent-led tours are offered for individuals and groups of fewer than 15 people. Tours are conducted:
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Tours depart from the Collens Welcome Center located at the northwest entrance of the MTCC, 3201 South State Street.
$10/person, $5/students $10/person [cash or credit]

Group Tours – group –

Docent-led tours are available for groups of more than 15, and reservations are required. Set tours occur daily at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, except on major U.S. holidays. Alternative times can be arranged upon availability.
$10/person, $5/students

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