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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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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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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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
154 helpful votes 154 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
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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St. Louis
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Took the bus architecture tour with my daughter during her spring break. Saw The Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright House, and many other unique architectural gems that we never would have found on our own. If you love architecture, it is well worth it.

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Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Highly enjoyed the river boat tour --- also a walking tour of early Chicago skyscrapers that took us insde some remarkable buildings in the loop - the docents are highly qualified and easy to understand --- our walking tour guide Doug was absolutely fantastic - knew his stuff very well. Multitudes of tours - surely you will find one suitable... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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266 reviews 266 reviews
111 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Chicago Architecture Foundation building is mainly the staging area for various tours of the city. I took a skyscraper tour that looked at skyscrapers from buildings built just after the Great Fire of 1871 through the Trump Tower, which was completed in 2009. The tour lasted about an hour and cost a reasonable $15. The guide was pretty good,... More

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washdc/va
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7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you enjoy Mr. Wright's work you will enjoy this tour. The Architecture Foundation has a wonderful tour arranged. The Foundation and the Home's Docents were delightful. It took only a few minutes to know they each enjoy sharing their knowledge thereby making it not only interesting but a fun tour.

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