Get ready for some deep dish - we're headed to Chicago!


As Docomomo US celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are headed back to where it all began, Chicago, Illinois. It was in 1995 that a group of volunteers gathered during the first Preserving the Recent Past conference to set in motion a Docomomo chapter in the United States. As we look back on 25 years of preserving modernism, we hope you will join Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago for a deep dive of where we've been and what challenges lie in store.


June 3-6, 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Symposium was postponed.

The new dates are May 26-29, 2021.
Chicago, Illinois.


Join us for the 2020-21 Docomomo US National Symposium where we explore our thematic vision which views innovation and change through the lens of the modern movement. Experience Chicago's history and the prospects for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and extension of these forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America.

An important message for Chicago Symposium attendees: please see our statement on the impact of COVID-19

Symposium Schedule


Kick off the Chicago Symposium in Oak Park by celebrating 25 years of Docomomo US and the UNESCO World Heritage designation of eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites at the recently restored Unity Temple. The evening includes an opening plenary and reception.


Day two takes us to IIT's College of Architecture, the homebase of Mies van der Rohe. The day will begin with a keynote presentation and proceed with a series of parallel sessions. After lunch, take part in one of five uniquely crafted guided tours. 


Day three takes place at UIC, a campus designed by SOM and Walter Netsch. The schedule is similar to the previous day, starting with a series of parallel sessions, then lunch and afternoon tours. In the evening we will celebrate downtown with a closing reception.


On Saturday it's time to get out and explore #moderninthemiddle with a full day of tours. Choose your own adventure with either morning and afternoon tours or the full-day landscapes tour. 

Schedule at a Glance


Travel and Accommodations

The Chicago metropolitan area boasts one of the nation's greatest concentrations of modern buildings and sites. From the riches of Oak Park and Frank Lloyd Wright sites, to the highest concentration of Mies van der Rohe buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology, to downtown skyscrapers and a complex variety of suburban and residential works, the Docomomo US Chicago Symposium is pleased to take you to a wide variety of venues and locations across the city. 

Travel and Accommodations



The 2020-21 Docomomo US National Symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago.

The Chicago Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners and sponsors.

Century of Progress

World's Fair Columbian Exposition

The Great Chicago Fire

Fort Dearborn

Chicago River

Partner Organizations


The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.

The Symposium developed as a result of the Docomomo US Board of Directors’ annual “Face to Face” meeting. The first expanded event took place in Los Angeles in 2010 with an open forum for local individuals actively engaged in the discussion of modern architecture. Docomomo US hosted its first National Symposium in Sarasota, Florida in April 2013. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.