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Photos: Recent McCrone Classes

Photo Gallery and the McCrone Course Experience

Courses taught by the McCrone Research Institute range from basic, introductory courses, emphasizing the proper use of the microscope, to specialized courses focusing on a particular technique, a particular material, or a particular industrial, forensic or environmental field of application.

Our intensive one-week courses focus on the application of microscopy to the solution of chemical, environmental and forensic problems. Every course is based on lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice.

Our teaching program also extends beyond Chicago, where our courses are taught nationally and internationally, at universities, corporations and public laboratories. These “on-your-site” courses include most of those in our Chicago curriculum.

The first intensive courses in industrial microscopy were started in 1952 in Chicago. McCrone now teach about 50 individual courses each year. Most of the courses are either three or five days long and are taught in Chicago where there are three classrooms equipped with polarized light, phase and other light microscopes, as well as SEM and FT-IR microscopes, hot and cold stages, our own library, reagents and all of the accessories necessary for critical chemical, environmental and forensic microscopy.

Directions and Transportation Information

McCrone Research Institute is located at 2820 S. Michigan Avenue (28th and Michigan). Learn more >>


Two Club Quarters hotels in downtown Chicago offer discounted room rates to McCrone Research Institute students. Please visit the McCrone Trainings page at, or call Member Services at +1 203-905-2100. Learn more >>