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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #15 of 209 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Owner description: Touring with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is the best way to explore Chicago. From our most popular tour, the Architecture River Cruise... more » Owner description: Touring with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is the best way to explore Chicago. From our most popular tour, the Architecture River Cruise to our more than 85 different walking, bus, bike, Segway and train tours you are sure to get a true Chicago experience. As a non-profit organization, our tours are led by highly-trained volunteer guides who are passionate about sharing the history of our beautiful city. Tours depart year-round. « less
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Earth, Texas
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216 reviews 216 reviews
50 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Wonderful and informative walking- as well as train-tour through the the Chicago Loop. Docent did a great job and the group was very small and intimate. Highly recommended!

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If all you know about the Chicago Architecture Foundation is the fact that it has river tours during teh warm-weather months, then you're really missing out on a LOT. The building itself (a Daniel Burnham building, where his firm had its headquarters) and the Archicenter/gift shop are free to visit; the tours usually are not free, unless you're a member.... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took the 5:30 cruise and it was a pleasure to learn about the city. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We all came away with more appreciation of architecture, Chicago's history and how buildings create an environment.

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Cave Creek, Arizona, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had an informative and fun tour on the Chicago river. We aren't really architecture buffs...but this tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Chicago. Would highly recommend it to anyone visiting chicago.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is quite a nice way to spend 2 hours on the water in downtown Chicago. Went on July 4. Had perfect weather (boat goes rain or shine). Plan on being there at least 30 minutes prior to departure. I believe it stops running in October. Well worth the price ($40 a head). Tour/docent was very well versed. There are... More

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Northwest US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have taken the boat tour with friends several times, and each tour was super - the docents are so well informed, and put this in layman's terms, sprinkled with city history, Chicago culture & our ever-changing world. Very highly recommended - frankly, don't miss the boat tour.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I read all the reviews online saying this was an exceptional cruise & they were right. My mom & I hadn't been to Chicago in more than 30 years. I couldn't remember much about those visits. Only a select view things but she couldn't believe how much it's changed. There are no longer small businesses along the Chicago River. Just... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Chicago architecture foundation offers a number of architecture tours in Chicago. We went on the Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour of historic skyscrapers. in the downtown area. It was very interesting and the guide was good. We saw some really beautiful buildings and went in to several of them. A good way to spend a couple of hours walking... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Took the 90 minute river cruise, and highly recommend it.I grew up in the shadows of Chicago and this is a wonderful way to see parts of the City from a unique vantage pint. Reasonable price (under $40), docent was great, learned lots and took some beautiful photos. Based on this experience, other CAF tours would be at the top... More

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hampton,virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We very much enjoyed our river cruise on Sunday. It was a full house but still personable. The docent was very funny and knowledgeable. We saw many wonderful buildings from the river which made the pictures pretty nice.

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