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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #17 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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Aventura, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First of all the weather was GORGEOUS and that was a big plus. Could not ask for anything better. Never being in Chicago before we were so surprised and happy to see such beauty between the old and the new and the information about it all was so worth it. The buildings were breathtaking. The history was so wonderful to... More

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Atlanta, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic tour. You have a guided tour with a docent from the Chicago architecture foundation on the Chicago River. It is very pleasant and informative. This provides a different way of looking at the city and its history.

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Littleton, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The docents of the Chicago Architecture Foundation are well trained and enthusiastic! Our trip wouldn't have been half as enjoyable if it weren't for our docent. This perspective of Chicago was quite interesting to say the least. I have always admired its beautiful sky line and extraordinary architecture. The docent gave a descriptive history of the architecture and its architects... More

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Fox Lake, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My family and I took a cruise on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Chicago's First Lady a few weeks ago. It was awesome! As we boarded, the docent gave each passenger a beautiful brochure with pictures of the landmark buildings and highlights that would be on the tour. The woman volunteer host was very friendly and knowledgeable as she pointed out... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
10 helpful votes 10 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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