Join the Mies Society and Illinois Tech Chicagoland Alumni Chapter – City Branch for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres followed by a visit to the exhibition “To Build a Modern Campus; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1939–1948” at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah Rogers Morris, Associate Director of the Mies Society, will provide brief remarks on the exhibition. This small but impressive show features drawings and plans that envision the IIT campus as a modern composition of open green space and glass-and-steel architecture. Also featured are artifacts documenting the transformation of Bronzeville and the demolition of buildings like the Mecca, a large apartment complex made famous by local jazz musicians, which was torn down to make way for Mies’s masterwork, Crown Hall. The exhibition tells the complicated history of the neighborhood and mid-century building projects in addition to highlighting Mies’ architectural vision and sophisticated drafting skills.