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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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So many buildings so little time

It's the tour that the locals take for good reason. Each tour cruises the river with commentary by architectural experts volunteering their time. I love learning about all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It's the tour that the locals take for good reason. Each tour cruises the river with commentary by architectural experts volunteering their time. I love learning about all the building phases along the Chicago river as well as the best and worse stories about Chicago and it's people. There are other tours that have profited by the popularity of the... More 

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a fun and fact-filled tour all the while you are enjoying a trip on the Chicago River. Worth the price! Easy to get to by train or bus. Learned a lot!

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Bonita, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I must have had half a dozen locals tell me the "best" tour was to hop on one of the boat tours to see the Architectural history of the town. Not much was left after the 1871 fire and Chicago is the most interesting city, from an Architectural standpoint, that I have ever visited. Great way to see the the... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We took an evening tour and it was a highlight of our weekend in Chicago - don't miss it! Our docent was friendly and knowledgeable and stuck around for questions at the end. All spots on the boat had good views (but I might suggest sitting on the left hand side - the side you board on as there is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Been on this trip twice in July as family was in town. Had a great time both trips. Docents are wonderful, they talk for 87 of the 90 minutes of the tour. Give a traveler an excellent guide of the many buildings on or near the river. Will do it again. If you want to see and hear about the... More 

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Took the Lady Liberty boat cruise on the Chicago River sponsored by the CAF. Great time-easy viewing from on deck (3:30pm Wed) cruise. Joan, our docent, was excellent! Very experienced, we gathered much architectural history of Chicago. We bought our tickets at the foundation office on Michigan but we could have saved some steps and purchased at the dock below... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Loved this tour. We learned so much about Chicago's history and the people involved in making Chicago such a great city!

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great way to enjoy some time in the sun and also gain some knowledge about the city of chicago! Our guide was a high school history teacher and was extremely knowledgable about the city and architecture but also included a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes which made the 75 minute tour fly by! He was really... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This was a very informative tour. The 'guide' was clearly spoken and knowledgeable and whilst she forgot a couple of pieces of information that wasn't really an issue (and not really surprising based on the amount of information she gave out). The boat was in pristine condition - although I would expect this when they are generating up to $8k... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our Architecture River Tour with Captain Jorge and Docent Lindy. She provided a lot of perfect information and was never at a loss for a good joke or pun. Obviously proud of her city, it was a lot of fun listening to Lindy while enjoying a beautiful morning on the river. Highly recommend tours with the Foundation.

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Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: 312-922-3432
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

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Downtown / The Loop
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.