Modernist Chicago!

Wednesday-Saturday, April 24-27

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If you're into classic big-city mid-century Modernist design and love the Mad Men glass and steel vibe, join at one of America's best architecture cities - Chicago!

You'll fly direct from RDU. You'll stay at the exciting Hotel Godfrey. You'll get event admissions, exclusive tours, a rooftop party, a walkable location to downtown Chicago, a free year membership in the Mod Squad ($125 value), and much more!

Wow, that’s incredible! Indeed. People love traveling with USModernist.  We've been to London, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, Zurich, New York, Phoenix, Washington, and all around North Carolina.  90 tours over 10 years.

Wednesday, April 24 - Arrival!

Fly direct to Chicago then transfer via private coach to the swanky Godfrey Hotel downtown!

Tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Josef Paul Kleihues

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Check into the Godfrey Hotel, designed by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Enjoy a r
ooftop Welcome Reception at the Godfrey Hotel
Thursday, April 25 - Frank Lloyd Wright Day!

  We visit the early home of one of the most talented architects in the world. Wright certainly thought so!

Home and Studio and Unity Temple Map

Take in the history of Frank Lloyd Wright at Oak Park plus interior tours of:

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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The Robie House

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Unity Temple

Lunch on your own

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The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, designed by Renzo Piano

Sunset Reception TBA
Friday, April 26 - Mies Day!

More of the architect who famously said "less is more"!
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Visit the 1951 Edith Farnsworth House in Plano IL, designed by Mies van der Rohe, soon to be the focus of a new movie starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Mies and Farnsworth

Take a guided walking tour of the IIT campus, much of it designed by Mies van der Rohe

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Visit IIT Crown Hall, home of the School of Architecture, designed by Mies van der Rohe

Experience the IIT McCormick Tribune Campus Center, designed by OMA (Rem Koolhaas)

Lunch and afternoon on your own

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Join us for a fun farewell Tapas dinner!
Saturday, April 27 - Deep Dish Chicago Architecture!
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Chicago Architecture Center

The Famous Architecture Boat Tour

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Lunch on your own and optional Millenium Park Walk

Return to RDU

Tickets and Details

Almost everything's included: Roundtrip direct flight and all airport transfers; three nights at the Godfrey Hotel with a full breakfast every morning; tours every day; all admissions; dinners or parties each night.

$1,899 per person General Public Double Occupancy
$2,299 per person General Public Single Occupancy
$1,799 per person Mod Squad Double Occupancy
$2,199 per person Mod Squad Single Occupancy

Tour Options

Proceeds benefit USModernist's ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects. We are a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit. Questions? Contact USModernist Executive Director George Smart at 919.740.8407 or

The Fine Print:

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for if the tour is cancelled. However, you can sell or give your place to another person with at least two weeks written notice to USModernist. 

The itinerary and order of events are subject to change without notice or refund.

No checked luggage; one carryon and one personal item only per person.

Participants must complete a liability release before departing as is standard with all USModernist trips.

There is NO SMOKING of any kind at the hotel, inside or within 25 feet outside.

Parking at RDU airport is not included.

Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.

There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are cancelled or delayed, in which case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses. With over 90 tours, this has never happened, but it could.