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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #13 of 301 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/city tour
Owner description: Touring with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is the best...
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Activities: Group tours/city tour
Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Fabulous tours. Well informed guides who are interested in what they're talking about, knowledgeable, open to questions, engaging and in depth. If you don't want the usual superficial, drive-by-tourist-sites tour, then this is the tour for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Go to the Architecture Foundation store opposite the Art Institute and book from a selection of Tours. We went on the culture and commerce tour which gave us some pavement time, but also took us into some grand old hotels and buildings. Our guide was excellent, the headphones worked beautifully so you never felt the need to stand in the... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I liked the tour a lot and I definitely recommend it! We were in many places in Chicago, such as city center, the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and I could see many peaces of Chicago's amazing architecture! The Guide had many informations about the places we were, although she was not an architect as I expected.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I did two walking tours in mid-November, just before the cold weather hit the city: historic Chicago and Deco Chicago. The first was a one-on-one tour with the guide, who was extremely knowledgeable and took me to some fabulous buildings within several blocks of the Foundation office. On the second tour there were only three of us and the guide,... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I did my second Chicago Architectural Foundation tour on a recent visit to Chicago. It was a cold day for a walking tour of the Loop and the group was relatively small. Kudos to the CAF for a neat technological solution to the problem of touring busy noisy streets without a bullhorn. The mike and headphones did the trick well... More 

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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Informative even for a long time Chicago resident. Indoor model a great before and after learning experience.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We only had one day of free time on a business trip to Chicago and weren't sure what to do. The walking tour of historic skyscrapers of Chicago was a wonderful way to start the day. The docent was very knowledgeable. The buildings were breathtaking. We would never have found the many historically restored lobbies on our own. The ear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I really enjoyed my walking tour with CAF. I think it was great how they had headphones so everyone could hear the tour guide clearly. I did the elevated architecture tour but all of the tours looked really interesting. Next time I am in town I will be doing some more CAF tours for sure

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Oakland, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Amazing tour! They did a great job of talking to people who were both very interested and experienced in architecture and those who just wanted to learn more about Chicago and its buildings. They hit a wide range of information without being boring or too detailed. Great flow between the different styles of buildings and connecting movements in architecture. Very... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The website didn't provide information on the bus tour and I assumed that it would be similar to the architecture ferry tours and opted to do the bus tour because it was very cold when I went. The tour guide was informative however I did fall asleep on the bus at one point. It wasn't an awful experience but I... More 

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