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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: 312-922-3432
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Ranked #11 of 391 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
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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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We have tried many of the tours offered and have never been disappointed with the docent or the content of the tour. This trip we did the Skyscrapers which was informative and interesting. Many of the tours are walking tours that would be of no interest to children but are terrific for adults that like history

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to provide this kind review. We're very happy to hear you enjoy our tours and look forward to seeing you on another soon. More 

London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

you can buy tickets early, then walk around or shop near Michigan ave because the tours sell out in a hurry, especially on weekends. our guide was informative and you could tell that he lived to give you all the info about the history and design of the buildings. he was so invested in the architecture and wanted to share... More 

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your terrific review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We took the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise and were totally blown away. The buildings themselves were amazing and the guide provided a very informative and insightful commentary for the duration. Well worth participating in this tour!

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Thank you for taking the time to provide a review of your experience on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The architecture boat tour was amazing. The tour guide was easy to hear over the PA throughout the boat. The tour presenter was very knowledgable and had some very interesting stories about each building and the history of Chicago in general. I would definitely do this tour again.

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We're glad you enjoyed your experience touring on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Thank you for taking the time to provide a review of your tour. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

There are a number of boat tours, some of which leave from the Navy Pier, and others from spots along the Chicago River. We believe this was the best; it lasted almost two hours, had a professional docent who could describe and relate both the varied architecture of the buildings along the river as well as the history of Chicago.... More 

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your terrific review of your experience touring on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Our expert volunteer docents and luxurious boat make this tour the best in the city. We're so glad you enjoyed the 90-minute tour and thank you for sharing your thoughts with others. More 

Marshall, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My wife and I have taken several tours with CAF, and found them all excellent, without exception. Docents are superbly trained and knowledgeable, not only about the architecture, but its cultural context as well. WE highly recommend CAF to our friends when they visit Chicago.

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

Thank you and your wife for such a kind review of our tours. We're so glad you enjoy them and recommend them to your friends. Our volunteer docents work incredibly hard to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to executing all 85 of our tour types. Thanks again for taking the time to review us and we look forward... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Great tour exploring the hidden world underneath Chicago. Guide was very knowledgeable and the length of the tour (1.5 hours) was perfect. Lots of very interesting sites and the differences between the buildings was pretty impressive. Good visit for a cold day since it is indoors. Would also recommend the Pedway West tour, I took that one last year and... More 

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your Pedway tour. They're some of our most popular during the winter for the reason you stated - you stay warm and you get to see some really interesting sites under Chicago. Thanks for taking the time to review us! More 

South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had a terrific experience on the "holiday lights" tour - though it was less about holiday lights as it was about enjoying Chicago at dark on a winter's evening and learning about how the city has changed since the days of trains and horses. Very fun.

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and for taking our Holiday Lights tour. We're glad to hear you enjoyed it! More 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I had a great time, and learned a lot while on this tour. The volunteer was knowledgable, friendly and opened to answer all our questions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Wish we had seen more Holiday lights that we wouldn't see in the other 11 mos. Just right time, any more than 2 hrs wouldn't have been as enjoyable. Great trolley driver!!

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We're glad you thought the tour was the right length and enjoyed your time with us during the holidays. Thanks for taking time to review us - we value everyone's thoughts on their experience with CAF. More 

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