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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 #6 of 120 Sightseeing Tours 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
Hours:
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 February 13, 2015

I took two tours with CAF back to back (had a break for refueling) the South Loop and the North Loop. Both were excellent and luckily I had just read The Devil in the White City so I enjoyed even more. I would recommend that book prior to the tours as you visit many building mentioned in the book. My... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review, and for braving Chicago's winter weather to tour with us. Our L tours are definitely some of our most popular. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you on another tour soon. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

CAF guides are always well prepared and present great tours. The history of the city is appreciated while walking among the stunning buildings. Try both downtown, neighborhood, el and cemetery tours as well as the river boat tour. The descriptions on the website are accurate and give a great preview of what will be covered. Check back often as new... More 

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

Thanks for your terrific review. We're so glad you chose CAF to help you explore your city. We look forward to seeing you on a tour again soon! More 

Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

CAF tourguides are the most knowledgable and passionate - above and beyond all the other tour operators. Many are architects, historians and architecture buffs: I learn something new everytime I take visitors on the tour. Chicago is amazing from any aspect - but it is a new world to discover from the River. If you are looking up while passing... More 

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

We're so glad you chose CAF to help you explore your city. You're spot on about our volunteer docents. They are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable. Thanks for the terrific review and look forward to seeing you on your next tour soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Either on foot at street level, by boat on the Chicago River or from Lake Michigan, or by tour bus to various parts of greater Chicago, the tours given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation are a memorable experience. Knowledgeable guides - sometimes architects - obviously enjoy talking about the city's history its architecture. The River tour is a pleasant way... More 

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

Thanks for this amazing review of our tours. With more than 85 different types of tours we definitely have something for everyone. We're so glad to hear you enjoy your experiences with CAF. We look forward to seeing you on another tour soon! More 

Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Fun way to view Chicago and learn about the history and architecture of the city. Max was informative and interesting. By using the "L" you get a slightly different view of the city by seeing the loop from the elevated level. We are looking forward to going on more tours thru CAF

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Thanks for your great review. We're so glad you enjoyed your L tour. Thanks for choosing CAF to help you explore Chicago. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Chicago has a fascinating history and the CAF tours are a great way to learn about it. We took the loop tour on the elevated train system and learned a lot about the construction and the history of the loop. The guide was GREAT! He knew a lot about the city and the architecture of the buildings along the tour... More 

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

We're glad to hear your guests and you enjoyed our L tour. Exploring the city via the L train definitely gives you incredible perspectives of Chicago's architecture. Thanks for the kind review. More 

Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Recently took an entertaining and educational tour of Trump Tower Chicago with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. I knew little about this significant building prior to the visit and I learned a lot. The views from up in the building are stunning. Our group also got to stroll around Sixteen, the highly acclaimed restaurant on (you guessed it) the sixteenth floor.... More 

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

Our Trump Tower tour is definitely one of our popular building tours. We're glad to hear you had such a wonderful time and learned a lot from our talented volunteer docent. Thanks for the terrific review! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

How to introduce an out of town guest to Chicago's world class architecture when it's freezing outside and you don't think they will survive a walking tour? The trolley tour of course. It's excellent. The focus is on providing an overview of Chicago's architecture from the fire up through current events, and I would say that there is an emphasis... More 

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Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so glad you enjoyed your trolley tour and that you chose CAF to help tour Chicago with your guest. We hope to see you on another tour again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Pedway East tour was a great thing to do in the middle of winter. Although I have lived in Chicago all of my life, I have never explored the Pedway. The history of how it was developed was very interesting. That said, I wish my tour guide had been more knowledgeable about the places where stopped. I would have... More 

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Thanks for choosing CAF to tour your city and explore areas you haven't been in before. Thank you for taking the time to recommend this tour and provide your feedback about your experience. All feedback is very helpful as it informs us on how to continue to better our offerings. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This guided tour was partly done by making use of the Loop. we were just with 2 persons and the weather was very cold and windy. But really a great experience. I really recommend this trip.

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We're glad to hear you enjoyed your tour, despite the harsh Chicago winter weather. Thanks for the generous review! More 

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