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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #18 of 206 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I took the 2pm (1.5 hours) architecture boat cruise on August 15 at 2pm. The experience was amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about her hometown city. The buildings' history is fascinating in how it continues to shape the culture of Chicago, a wonderful city to visit. I would recommend this tour to others.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We did the "L" tour and it was a lot of fun. However, it was more about "L" than of the city architecture. I enjoyed the Wendella Boat Tour more. You site on the "L" for about 15 minutes total. The rest you are either walking or standing. The Docent was GREAT!

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Cut Off, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Was recently in Chicago and took the 7:30 pm cruise which was an exceptional experience. The docent, Jan, was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and entertaining. We left just before sunset, so we were able to enjoy the beautiful nightlights of Chicago. It was a great view of the city and an experience visitors shouldn`t miss.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

What a great way to visit Chicago and get a taste of its sorted past. Chicago Architectural Foundation docents are incredibly informed and organized in their presentations. Each tour and tour guide covers a broad ranges of topics not just architecture. Art, culture, history and architecture play important roles in shaping a city, its buildings and structures. We highly recommend... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Normally, I don't write a review online. However, today we had an exceptional experience on the Chicago Architectural River Cruise. We want to share our experience with others who may be interested in this tour. The Tour was amazing! The docent, whose name was Russ, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We could tell that he loves the city and wanted... More

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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Architecture River Cruise in Chicago done by the Architecture Foundation is wonderful. The docents are very knowledgeable and informative about the various architecture styles along the Chicago River! I would say it would likely not be so much fun for children just because it is a cruise and not an adventure ride. Amazing how many different architectural styles are... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our volunteer docent provided a non-stop fascinating commentary, far better than our previous experience with the other companies. The 90 minutes is just the right amount of time to absorb all of the spectacular buildings that create a city unlike any other.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Even if you don't schedule an architecture tour this is still a great place to stop! The shop has a lot of unique Chicago shopping, and the model of the city will give a great lay of the land. It was neat to see the flow of the buildings and how the main areas of the city fit together. We... More

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ChiArchitecture, Public Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this review

What stunning photographs! Thank you for posting them and sharing your experience. It's great to hear that you were able to visit the gift shop and LEGO Studio, and get a chance to see the exhibition in the atrium. Hope you stopped to build with the LEGOs too! Many thanks, Communications Manager, Chicago Architecture Foundation More

Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I took this tour with my family, and I thought it was really great. Our docent was charming and knowledgeable. We saw the city from a very different perspective, and we learned a lot about Chicago! Boat was comfortable and clean. . . . you'll enjoy it, I bet! They sell out so get tickets early and stand in line... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you don't care about architecture, take this cruise. The views are stunning and you'll learn all sorts of interesting stuff about architecture, the Chicago River, and the city. Or tune it all out and enjoy the view. If you are into architecture, you are going to be in pure heaven. Our volunteer tour guide was an encyclopedia of architecture... More

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ChiArchitecture, Public Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this review

Hello Sharon, Thank you for sharing your experience! Our volunteer docents strive to make our tours enjoyable for everyone; architecture buffs to people who are simply interested in learning about the history of Chicago. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Best, Communications Manager, Chicago Architecture Foundation More

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