The McCormick House – Past, Present, Future

September 14, 2019 - January 12, 2020

This exhibition will present a full domestic presentation in Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House for the first time in the museum’s history. The show curated by interior architect Robert Kleinschmidt will present visitors with classic mid-Century furniture of the time period as well as historic images showing how residents lived in the home and explanations about the preservation and restoration process currently underway. Further, the walls will highlight a timeline of events and photos dating back to the building’s conception, including anecdotes and stories about the home’s residents.  

Organized in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

Related Programs

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

McCormick House Tour

New weekly house tours will invite visitors to explore the McCormick House history with Museum docents and special guides, including a former resident. 

Free with museum admission.
Please register in advance by calling (630) 834-0202

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 3:00pm

McCormick House Tour

New weekly house tours will invite visitors to explore the McCormick House history with Museum docents and special guides, including a former resident.

Free with museum admission.
Please register in advance by calling (630) 834-0202

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:30pm

Curator Tour: Robert Kleinschmidt

Architect Robert Kleinschmidt will guide a tour, sharing his designs for the domestic interior and his history with other projects by Mies van der Rohe. 

Free with museum admission.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:30pm

Lecture: Preserving the Modern Home

Architectural historian Susan Benjamin utilizes stunning historic images to highlight notable modern houses in and around Chicago and the efforts of their passionate owners to preserve them. Benjamin is head of Benjamin Historic Certifications and co-author of Great Houses of Chicago: 1871-1921 (Acanthus Press, 2008) and Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses, 1929-1975 (Monacelli Press, early 2020).  

Free with museum admission.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:30pm

Panel Discussion: Preserving Chicago’s Glass Houses

Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business columnist and “What’s that Building?” contributor to WBEZ Radio, leads a panel discussion about Chicago’s progressive architectural developments, including numerous steel and glass houses in the greater metro area such as Farnsworth House, McCormick House, Ben Rose House, Rockwell House, and others. Co-organized with The Farnsworth House, attendees will learn more about these unique residential designs, the visionary architects, and the preservation challenges the homes present. 

Free with museum admission.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

Family Day

Families are invited to participate in an afternoon of art activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibition in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House.

Free with museum admission.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Holiday Designer Pop-Up Shop

In tandem with special holiday décor in the McCormick House, celebrate the time of year at this new pop-up shop featuring designer goods by local businesses and artisans.