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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 #16 of 221 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

I'm a member and the value is amazing. I've done numerous walking tours in many different neighborhoods and always find, see, and hear something new! Great for visitors looking for something more informative and a little different. Also a perfect way for Chicago residents to get out and explore a little more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We have taken the boat cruise which is great for checking out and learning about the awesome architecture of Chicago. We recommend anyone visiting from out of town to take this trip. The docents are all very good at giving highlights of the buildings and structures of the city. The walking trips are also very good, with very reasonable pricing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I moved to Chicago a year ago and i am always looking for new ways to get to know the city. I did a tour when some friends came in town to visit and I enjoyed it so much I bought a membership. I have done 3-4 additional tours since participated in the Open House event they host every year.... More

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Everytime I visit Chicago I make sure to include some new tours with this Foundation. I have never been disappointed. If it is your first visit to this great city, take the river cruise; it really helps you find your way around and gives you a nice overview of the history. They added an evening cruise during the summer too!... More

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Aurora, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We have taken many tours with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The walking tours are fabulous as not only do you see the outside, but go inside buildings that you have walked by for years. Each tour is different as you have a different docent with a different perspective. This past summer we took the bus tour that covered Robe house,... More

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I had a great time even though it was snowing! I cant remember the name of the docent--maybe Linde?? She was excellent! Very knowledgeable with appropriate, punny jokes. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I did the Foundation's 90-minute river cruise and it was fascinating. The docent was the best I've ever heard. She spoke for 90 minutes and not once did I find my attention wandering. She was incredibly knowledgeable and sometimes extremely funny. Excellent sound system - I sat on the upper deck and it was easy to hear every word. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

While in Chicago for three days, I did three tours and the boat trip. All of them were great. My favorite was the Art Deco one but the other two were interesting as well: Historic Downtown and Chicago Old and New. All the guides were informative and I finished my short time in Chicago wantingvto come back for more. And... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Very knowledgeable and engaging guide. It was a fun and educational tour. I learned so much! Would recommend this tour to both tourists and Chicago residents. The CAF offers some of the best tours of Chicago I've ever been on.

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I have never seen a group of docents as knowledgeable about their tours as the CAF. We took the Graceland Cemetery tour and it was absolutely fascinating and our tour guide was just wonderful!I I will come back next year for more for sure!

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