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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #15 of 194 activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the walking tour of Historic Downtown (south): Rise of the Skyscraper. Our guide was friendly and very informative and the listening devices made it easy to hear everything. The shop at the Architecture Foundation where tours begin and end is among the best.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The boat tour was a great way to spend the morning. I went on a weekday for the 10am tour, and there was plenty of space on the top deck. The volunteer guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. It was very interesting t see and learn about the variety of buildings that can be seen from the river. It was... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Chicago for a number of years, I always tell people to take the AF boat tour when they ask what to do in Chicago. There are a number of groups that have similar tours and many of the boats are docked along the same stretch of river. This one is far and away the best, so be... More

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Bermuda
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Our experience was first class. The young lady on desk at CAF on Michigan Ave. led us thru' best way of touring.... (become a member and you get great discounts !!!!!). We did a North Loop Arch tour with Janet who was great.. hit every important architectural note on 2 hr walk. We also did River Tour which was brilliant...... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did the Architecture Boat Cruise and the "L" tour. Both were excellent. The volunteer guides are incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much. About the history of Chicago. We would have loved to do more of their tours if we'd had time. If you can only do one, do the boat tour - at the end it takes you... More

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We took two tours through the Chicago Architecture Foundation and was pleased with both of them. We first took the river tour which took us up and down the Chicago river to view the beautiful Chicago skyline and learn about the history of a lot of the buildings. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the evolution of the building... More

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We did the Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour - 2 hours long - and it was very good! The tour guide was fast and didn't dilly-dally. She rolled through it making sure we didn't miss a thing, and was very knowledgeable on the subject. We got a LOT out of the tour, and found ourselves appreciating the buildings in the... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Just returned from the "Old and New" 2 hour walking tour. I'll never look at buildings the same way. Led by the most knowledgeable, engaged and sincerely enthusiastic docent Georgia, I will forever look at Chicago through her lens on future visits. I look forward to taking more tours with CAF. A highlight for anyone's stay.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I took the architectural tour of the city which was really interesting. Unfortunately it was freezing that day and not ideal for a walking tour which is probably much nicer in summer. But I really enjoyed the gift shop at the architecture foundation. There was a great variety of high quality items that were different than you usually find in... More

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Kansas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We had heard nothing but rave reviews about the tours here, specifically the boat tours. But visiting in late February with freezing windchills and snow coming down, forced us to look at other options. We chose the Highlights by Bus tour for the 3.5 hour tour. The time went very quickly. Our guide was fantastic. I really felt like I... More

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