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Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-3432
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$15*
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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

If you have any interest in the 1893 Columbian Exposition you must go on the Devil In the White City Tour... it's more about the Fair than the murderer. I've also been on two Downtown Walking Tours, and a River Architecture Tour; all of these were excellent and highly recommended. I'll be visiting Chicago again in 2015 and I'll be... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoy these tours and always learn something about architecture and Chicago. Groups are kept small to allow interaction with knowledgeable docents and not to congest the buildings we enter, so make reservations or arrive early, especially in the summer. The CAF boat tour is the most informative tour on the river. Walking tours last 1 1/2... More

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is the second time we have taken the tour and learned many new things. It was a beautiful fall day - like a nice walk in the park only with history and art all around.

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

I am a Chicago native, but marvel at how many fabulous sites I have yet to explore in this great city. I ALWAYS enjoy my CAF tours. The docents are knowledgeable and enthusiastic - so full of interesting tidbits. I just love learning more about the history of this area and the growth of this metropolis. Every tour has been... More

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Richmond, Texas, United States
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I am no architect so taking this tour was a little odd by the title, but I am really glad we did! The tour guide was so knowledgable and it was a fantastic way to see the city! And the complimentary cookies and hot chocolate were delicious, too! Highly recommend this!

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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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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