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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The architectural tour of Chicago on the Chicago River is an outstanding way to become familiar with the beauty and history of downtown Chicago. The views of Chicago can not be duplicated by car or on foot . The River boat gives you a unique perspective of the history and beauty of this wonderful city.

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Los Banos, California
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33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful, educational experience! First of all, the weather was great! Our Docent was very knowledgeable. We finished the 90 minute tour with an appreciation of architecture and the many styles along the Chicago waterways and avenues. The ride was comfortable and relaxing. There was also restrooms and a refreshment area. I would say this excursion was one of... More

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

We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your cruise! Chicago weather can be temperamental, but when you catch a river tour on a beautiful day, it's such a special experience. Thank you for taking time to post this review and comment on our docent and Chicago's First Lady boat as well! Many thanks, Nikki Snodgrass, Communications Manager, CAF More

Ormond Beach, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Interesting tour of the river. Very informative and enlightening about the city's history. The younger children tended to get bored but the others really enjoyed it.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Excellent. Well organized, comfortable, and very informative. Great way to see Chicago old and new and a great way to spend a pretty day.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Surprised my out of town girl friends with this boat tour and they loved it! The docent was amazing. The boat was nice with great bathrooms. We got a drink when we arrived on board and enjoyed cocktail hour on the boat. The tour is longer than the other tour companies but well worth the extra money. I am going... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers the BEST overview of Chicago! I'm a local who "plays tourist" all the time with the CAF. I've done boat tours, "el" tours and walking tours: from cemeteries to Barack Obama's neighborhood to my own neighborhood--and everything in between. If you come to Chicago and don't take advantage of at least one tour, you're missing... More

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

Thank you for the review! We couldn't agree more about how great it is to be a "local tourist" whenever possible. Hope you continue to enjoy the tours! Best, CAF More

Eudora, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I went on the Chicago Architectural River Tour and found it to be very informative and worthwhile, The docent was well versed in the architecture and history of each building. So glad I took this river tour early in my visit to Chicago. It helped me navigate and orient me to the different areas of Chicago. I would highly recommend... More

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

Thank you for the review; excellent to hear that you enjoyed your river tour experience! There's nothing like having great weather when you're out on the river. Your feedback is much appreciated. Best, CAF More

Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I went on a couple walking tours and the river cruise offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and all very interesting and informative. On the walks, each participant is given a little listening device that hooks over the ear to make it easier to hear the guide on a crowded city street.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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66 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The volunteer docents you meet on the CAF walking tours are phenomenal! During our recent visit to Chicago my wife and I took advantage of our Go Chicago cards by taking two separate two hour walking tours with CAF- Historic Downtown (South Loop): the Rise of the Skyscraper and Downtown Deco. Both tours featured extremely knowledgeable docents and covered a... More

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

Many thanks for taking the time to share this review! It's so important for us to learn about our guests' experiences, and it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your tours. We hope to have you join us again, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like any recommendations. Nikki Snodgrass, CAF communications manager nsnodgrass@architecture.org And thank you... More

Centreville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We recently took this tour when honeymooning in Chicago. What a great way to get to know the area. You know that it is amazing when people like our tour guide are volunteers. Definitely do this...it is fascinating and you learn so much about Chicago at the same time.

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