Tour the Kennedy Center with the D.C. Illini on January 23

Learn the history behind the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Registration deadline is January 15!

UPDATE: We're postponing this event due to predicted inclement weather on the day of the event. Please check back later for new date and time. 

Join the D.C. Illini for an eye-opening and engaging tour of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 23. The tour, led by alumna Helen Rothman, highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center that, following his assasination, became Washington’s only memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

The tour includes the majestic Hall of States, Hall of Nations and (depending on availability) the Center's main theaters, including its three grand performance halls the Concert Hall, Opera House and Eisenhower Theater. Also featured on the tour are numerous gifts from countries around the world including works of art by artists such as Henri Matisse, Lucien Wercollier and Dame Barbara Hepworth. In addition, tour participants will visit the Center’s beautiful lounges that have been gifted by Israel, Russia and China and also get to view the Presidential Box in the main theaters.

The tour concludes with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the nation's capital from the roof terrace.

The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and last for approximately 90 minutes, depending on theater availability. This event is free for D.C. Illini members and their guests. If you are already a member, register here. If you are not a member and would like to join your fellow alumni for this tour, sign up for membership here.

An optional lunch gathering will follow the tour. Interested attendees should expect to cover their own costs for lunch. If you are interested in seeing a matinee show the afternoon of the tour, see the Center's schedule here.

The registration deadline is January 15. Please contact if you have questions.