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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

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Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: 312-922-3432
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Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Description: Touring with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is the best way to...
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.
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Great break in the day to relax and learn about the city and it's buildings

This is an A++++ tour for Chicago. Its about 40 bucks (you can probably find better deals online) and they do serve adult beverages. That said, the tour was amazing. I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is an A++++ tour for Chicago. Its about 40 bucks (you can probably find better deals online) and they do serve adult beverages. That said, the tour was amazing. I have done this twice and learned new things each time. It is definitely something you want to do. PROTIP- take the later tour so the day turns to night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This tour was recommended to me by a friend who used to live in Chicago. I'm very glad we took this tour. There is so much interesting architecture in Chicago and to get the back story and a good history of the influences that shaped the city was very cool. They had speakers all around the boat, making it easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable river cruise with an informative docent. Not only about the architecture but also some history of Chicago along the way. Great way to see the downtown and helped orient me to the immediate area

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you only do one thing while in Chicago, definitely do the Architecture River Tour! It takes 90 minutes and is an amazing overview of the city's grand buildings from the water. The guides are great and it's a very pleasant experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Sometimes I prefer not to read reviews before visiting somewhere because of the inevitable disappointment. Not so in this case. The tour of the architecture from the river at twilight was a highlight of our trip to Chicago. The docent was outstanding. Interesting, interested and kept the pace and choice of facts to share perfect. I could hardly believe my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Just visited Chicago for the first time and the Architecture Foundation River Cruise was the highlight of my visit. The docent was both interesting and extremely knowledgeable. She provided a wonderful introduction to the city's history and development. I went with friends who have done this before and they still learned new things. Please note, there are other boat tours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We have taken the architecture tour along the Chicago River several times, usually as a way to introduce out-of-town visitors to our city. Yesterday we did it again with a guest from Australia. We were so pleased with the docent, Emily, who conducted the tour. She was informative, thorough, entertaining, and extremely helpful. Will definitely do it again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Have a very knowledgeable docent got to see all the buildings from a variety of angles didn't have to worry about being run over by traffic or being in the way of pedestrians as I got up at these beautiful buildings my favorites were the ones I have more organic lines but I also learned about Art Deco buildings post... More 

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I have taken several architectural boat tours in Chicago but obviously I saved the best for last. There are many boat tour operators in Chicago but to get the BEST tour(s) you need to experience ones offered by the Architecture Foundation. I've lived in Chicago for 29 years and I learned more on this one than all the others put... More 

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Lake Villa, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I've lived in Chicago all my life, and even though this was my third time on this tour, I still found it fascinating. The whole river area has grown; it's as if a new city has sprung up along its banks. The guide (they are all docents) was informative, funny, and very easy to hear. I HIGHLY recommend this tour... More 

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.