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Modernism and IIT Architecture Walking Tour

Connect with South Side Chicago architecture at the architectural mecca of Mies and learn about the spirit of modernism.

On this South Side architecture walking tour, your private group will experience the visual beauty of Modernist simplicity while learning about the social motivations behind the Modernism movement. Your architectural walking tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) campus explores the life, history and philosophies of Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe.


This very special architectural walking tour offers insight into this architect’s local and international influence. Like any of our architectural tours, we go beyond facts to experience architecture from a fun and fascinating cultural perspective.

On your walking tour of IIT campus, your tour guide will approach the modernist architectural from multiple angles. Private groups on this South Side architecture walking tour learn about the engineering advancements behind Modernism, the movement’s cultural and historical context, and how this controversial style of architecture has evolved over its history. Private tour groups will view the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, the godfather of Chicago modernism. This private campus tour also visits buildings by Helmut Jahn and Rem Koolhaus. These later architects were deeply influenced by Mies’ style.

Easily accessible from the CTA Green Line, this private South Side Chicago architecture walking tour is great for students and architecture enthusiasts.


Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling a bunch of memorized dates and names? Not us! Our expert Chicago tour guides are highly trained, smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history.

In business since 2010, we are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company with five-stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Many of our Chicago architecture walking tours integrate historic bars, food, and music history. We hope you’ll join us to explore stories and places locals don’t even know, both downtown and in Chicago neighborhoods!

As you look into possibilities for your Chicago private tour, this quick guide may help you determine if Chicago Detours will be the best Chicago tour company for your special event.


1.5 Hours


.75 mile


  • Romanesque IIT Main Building
  • Carr Memorial Chapel
  • S.R. Crown Hall
  • Helmut Jahn’s State Street Village
  • Rem Koolhaus’ McCormick Tribune Campus Center
  • Overall IIT Campus planning and design

Stories & Ideas

  • Illinios Institute of Technology history and school culture
  • Life of Mies van der Rohe
  • “Less is more” in modernist architecture
  • Mies’ philosophy of “universal space”
  • Architecture post-Mies van der Rohe

Tour Includes

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Special gift

Tour Location

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