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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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A must do when in Chicago

If in your visiting this is a must period, take this tour first tour first thing when arriving to the Chicago. Two reasons a lot about the history and the architect of the city... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

If in your visiting this is a must period, take this tour first tour first thing when arriving to the Chicago. Two reasons a lot about the history and the architect of the city, and helps give you an better idea of where you're at in the city as you spend the rest the time visiting.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We had heard all about this tour with great reviews and it was more than we expected! Our docent was amazingly knowledgeable and spoke the entire trip with fantastic tidbits of all information. Definitely a must when visiting!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

This is by far the best option for learning about Chicago - past and present - whether you live here or are visiting the Windy City. The docents are all passionate volunteers who know a ton about the subject of their tours. Chicago is a city of diverse neighborhoods with a richness and vibrancy you'll learn about in detail in... More 

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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The CAF boat tour is by far the best for anyone with an interest in the history and architecture of the City. Maybe not the best one for young kids, but otherwise well worth it. We take one every couple of years.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to Chicago, and after recommendations from several friends, we took the 90-minute boat tour. JUDY KAUFMAN, our energetic and well-spoken docent, was truly wonderful. She provided a great deal of information (non-stop, in fact) over the pleasant hour and a half ride. We were on the top deck, and there was quite a bit of... More 

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We decided to become members while we visited Chicago. The 2 for 1 tickets deal plus the multiple walking tours offered make this a must-see stop. We took 3 walking tours plus the boat tour...and every docent was full of great information and stories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

So much history & detail given during this wonderful boat tour. Taking in all the major original & newest constructions on a sunny day & even seeing one of the bridges opening & closing close up was exciting. Hearing about the eras before the depression, during the prohibition, post depression up to today was fascinating. The different styles of architecture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We went on the 5:30 pm Architectural Boat Cruise. I didn't think I'd be interested but it was very interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable and I learned about more than just the buildings. He provided us with a good amount of history of Chicago. As you would expect it was a bit chilly so bring a jacket. We went... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The docent we had was great, the tour was an enjoyable way to get to know chicago. We think the 90 min tour is just right - any longer would be a bit of a bore

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hollywood, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great way to begin our trip to Chicago. The weather was beautiful and everyone sat upstairs in open air. The volunteer unpaid docent was extremely well versed in Chicago history and architecture. She informed us that she doesn't take tips and requested instead to make a donation to the architecture foundation. Please get there early if you want your pick... More 

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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.