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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #17 of 207 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
37 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Architecture Foundation features a variety of tours, none of which I’ve taken. But, I’m enamored of the retail store they run. In addition to selling tickets for their many tours, they have one of the coolest gift shops around with lots of interesting items focusing on design and architecture, including items inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Yes, like every... More

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Our extended family 12- 70 in age) enjoyed the tour ,the docents were fantastic. Tour included a stop at Wright home in the area . The home is privately owned .Interior of the home was fantastic.

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Wauconda, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What a lovely way to learn about the great architecture in Chicago. Sit back on the boat with a drink and enjoy listening to your guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Additionally the era and influences are discussed so one begins to understand what the architect was trying to convey in the building. This tour teaches the different styles of... More

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Manzanillo, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was lucky enough to be there on a perfect weather day. You see Chicago from a perspective that you cannot see ay other way. It was incredible and if you miss this on a nice day, you missed Chicago!

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Evanston, Il
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The CAF's River Cruise traverses the main stem, and the north and south branches of the Chicago River, and you get to see and learn about historic and contemporary buildings from an angle that would be hard to achieve in any other way. Very comfortable boat, nice bar downstairs, outstanding narrative and insights from our CAF guide. Don't forget to... More

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London UK
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101 reviews 101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We did the 90 minute river cruise on our first day in Chicago and enjoyed it hugely, a great experience and a fabulous introduction to Chicago. The guide was wonderfully knowledgeable and kept us interested for the duration of the trip. The boat itself was comfortable and well equipped with restrooms. A must do for visitors.

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St. Charles, IL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I have taken this tour twice and both times, I have marveled at the gorgeous architecture along the Chicago River as well as gained valuable history about this amazing city. The information on the buildings as well as the individuals who built Chicago is presented in such an interesting manner. Every participant walks away with a great understanding as to... More

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Sussex, England
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368 reviews 368 reviews
83 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We did two great tours. First the river cruise - do the CAF version, the others are just pale imitations. We learned so much in a hour and a half, and it was fun too. But the real star was the second trip we took, to the Farnsworth house - we took the longer version, which includes other Meis Van... More

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Barrington, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

On one of the muggiest days in Chicago's summer we reserved a walking tour thru the Ukrainian Village neighborhood with CAF. Thankfully Rachel our tour guide was captivating, knowledgeable, and timely. We definitely enjoyed the two hours of sightseeing in spite of the sweltering heat. We learned why this Historic District was first settled, how the population ethnicity changed over... More

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Los Angeles
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182 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We came to Chicago on vacation and the last time we came we went on a lot of the CAF tours. Some favorites were: Millennium Park Revealed, the tour of the Tiffany domes that went into the Art Institute, Modern Skyscrapers, and the Frank Lloyd Wright tour, as well as the Boat Cruise. So we decided to do some other... More

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