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Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived and worked in Chicago for over 30 years, where he invented an architecture of glass and steel that changed the look of cities across the world.

7.5 Hours
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Farnsworth House, Crown Hall and 860-880 Lake Shore Dr. are included in this tour of world renowned works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a leader of Modernism who revolutionized the architecture of our era. We begin with a visit to the iconic twin towers designed by Mies at 860-880 Lake Shore Dr., which are considered to be the first modern steel and glass skyscrapers. Next, we tour Crown Hall on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, described by Mies himself as his best work. We then enjoy a guided tour of the exterior and interior of Farnsworth House, the famous glass house in the woods created by Mies at a rural site 62 miles southwest of Chicago. We travel by deluxe motor coach and stop for an included lunch en route.

Actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions and road repairs. 

  • The tour requires a 500-yard walk to and from Farnsworth House on a wooded path. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate to the weather.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

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