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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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Ranked #14 of 300 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/city tour
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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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour by docent Jim. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the fort & the conversion from a fort into a community with former military buildings rehabbed for private residences ie. the stables, the officer's quarters all converted to condos or homes. An added bonus was that as a kid our tour guide lived at the fort while... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We have twice visited Chicago and the CAF made both visits highly worthwhile. The Foundation is a welcoming location (right downtown) and allows persons of all ages and levels of engagement (from mere passers-by to architectural enthusiasts) to window shop, buy a postcard or book, sign up for tours or courses, or to meet and chat with other Chicago admirers.... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit with wonderful parks, museums, restaurants, plays and people. The transit system is easy to get around to where ever you would like to go. C.A. Foundation tours are the best with very informative guides. Have Fun on your visit.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The 4 hour bus/walking Frank Lloyd Wright tour in Oak Park was wonderful. Our docent gave a running description of buildings as we passed them leaving the CAF office all the way to Oak Park. The tour of the FLW house and studio was well done with lots of time for questions. Our docent for the walk around the neighborhood... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Various walking tours several times a day are all informative and help to learn about the city 'from inside'. Compared to standard bus city tours, the walking tours allow to stop and enjoy beautiful exteriors and interiors of the buildings you would never expect to be of such interest until you hear a story from highly knowledgeable and passionate docents.... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

CAF offers dozens of wonderful walking tours highlighting the amazing architecture and history of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. The downtown tours are fantastic, especially Intersections and the Chicago Loop by El. I also really enjoyed several of the Chicago neighborhood tours including Kenwood Mansions, Ukrainian Village and the Andersonville Pub Crawl. The Chicago River boat tours are amazing as well and... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I loved the tour for many reasons… It was easy to book it on line. I was in Chicago for one day and found a tour that fit into my schedule. The listening devices worked beautifully…I didn't miss a word. Part of the tour took us into bldgs…that was great and would be especially pod in the dead of winter…BRRRR... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The CAF's walking tours are absolutely the best way to get to know this city. Led by passionate locals, experts on their subject areas after 400 hours of training, these street level encounters bring to life not just architecture, but history, urban planning and the personalities who made and are continuing to make this City great. You may even get... More

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Dunbar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Walking round this fantastic city led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic locals is the only way to get the most out of your visit. We did 3 tours in total plus the amazing architecture boat trip. If you only have time for one thing it's the CAF boat trip - it's the best.

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Cannot say enough about the quality of these tours. The fact that volunteer docents are so well-informed and entertaining really speaks volumes for this terrific organization in a great city. There is a lot to love about Chicago (ok, the weather, not so much) and CAF is a great place to start. There are tours of every length and various... More

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