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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #17 of 212 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

My friend and I had went on the tour based on recommendations from two people that live in Chicago, very glad we went! Sadly the day that we had chosen to go after boarding a thunderstorm started, we were given ponchos but were soaked through & missed the first 20/25 minutes due to everyone huddling at the back of the... More

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Blacklick
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

A friend and I took in the 90 minute river cruise. Emily was our docent and highly informative. It was even more interesting than I expected, they had a bar open although we did not take advantage of it. The best tip is even though the back seats offer even views of both sides of the boat anytime, it was... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This tour had been recommended to me by several friends, but it still surprised me with its quality. You get to see many of Chicagos most interesting buildings at the same time as you listen to a knowledgable and interesting guide telling you about the architects and the history behind. The guide kept a high level for 90 minutes and... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This was a very enjoyable, informative 90 minute cruise. We would highly recommend this to visitors to Chicago.

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Wisconsin
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had booked a trolley/walking tour on- line for Saturday but found out it had been cancelled. The staff worked on getting us another tour, the Historic Downtown (South Loop) later in the afternoon. The tour docent was sort of odd, humming into the microphone and even swearing once. We think he forgot it was on. The biggest issue we... More

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Pleasanton, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

How could you possibly travel to Chicago and NOT take some sort of guided tour to learn the history behind each remarkable building? I went with the CAF's boat tour and really enjoyed it. Safe, comfortable, boats cruising along at what could only be described as an amble (but for a boat). Boats also have an on board bar. The... More

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Toulouse
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14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I had a walk tour : Must see Chicago. The tour last 1h30-2h and makes discover the Architecture of Chicago (historical...). You will not visit inside the skyscraper, but you will have a walk close to them. Even if I was not fond of architecture, the tour was nice since it also enables to discover Chicago, the loop metro, the... More

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California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I was very much looking forward to our boat tour this evening. It was going to be my first visit to Chicago and I was meeting my daughter, a college student, there to celebrate her 21st birthday. It was a first time to Chicago for both of us and we'd heard wonderful things about this boat tour. Imagine our disappointment... More

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Huntsville, TX
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20 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

When we spent a few days in Chicago we had a City Pass and thought we would limit our time to what was included in the pass. But, the more we talked and looked around, the more we decided we wanted to get an up close look at the architecture. The owner of the condo we were renting happened to... More

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I highly recommend this your. It is top notch! The captain was intelligent and witty, the boat was spotless and well maintained. The liquor list was excellent. The woman who guided our tour was absolutely fantastic! She knew her stuff and she loved her city and all of the beauty it holds within it. She was easy to hear and... More

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