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Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago, IL, USA
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About Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit the CAC on Wacker Dr. to view our 4,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store or participate in a fun LEGO® building event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train, including the CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAC's expert docent guides. Every October, check out CAC's free annual Open House Chicago festival. Proceeds from CAC’s tours and gift shop, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support this educational mission.
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The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady has long been the gold standard among all Chicago tour experiences, and is the only Chicago architecture boat tour led by highly trained expert docents. On this 90-minute cruise, you will enjoy an overview of historic and modern architectural styles including stories about the people who designed and built Chicago. No visit to Chicago is complete without experiencing this award winning tour, so accept no substitutes.
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Take a deep dive in to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style on this 4-hour architecture tour of Oak Park from Chicago. Listen to your guide's commentary during the trip, then take a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District and a tour of the architect's home and studio.
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from $55.00
14 reviews
Discover five of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods during this exciting tour. Bus around the districts of Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown, and Bronzeville and learn about the history, culture, and architecture of each place. This is a great way to get an overview of Chicago and branch out from the downtown district.
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from $35.00
54 reviews
Discover a range of art deco buildings in Chicago during a downtown walking tour. Go deeper into the history of Chicago’s architecture and the city's role in the development of the art deco style with your guide. This tour highlights striking facades and elegant interiors that are difficult to find or access on your own, with commentary from your guide to put the buildings into historical context.
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from $26.00
7 reviews
Travel through architectural history on this walking tour that covers Chicago's most famous buildings in chronological order. With a guide in the lead, there's no need to fuss over maps or worry about directions. Simply stroll along and listen to the in-depth guided commentary on Chicago's architectural history; you'll learn about each building and its importance in the architectural canon.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to take the neighborhood tour because, despite the fact that we lived in Chicago for 30 years, mostly in the suburbs, we never took the opportunity to see the various neghborhoods that make Chicago what it is. The tour was fabulous. We had...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This 2 hour tour is excellent! Our guide, Marisol, was friendly and knowledgeable. Great stories and beautiful monuments.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlights of this attracton include a huge 3-D model of thousands obuildings in the Loop and adjacent areas, created with a 3-D printer, and upstairs an exhibit exploring some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world in an even larger scale 3-D. See...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Center! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took this tour a few hours after we arrived in Chicago from Oklahoma. It was a great introduction to the background of Chicago. Our tour guide Bill did an excellent job.

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ChiArchitecture, Public Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Art Deco Skyscraper tour this week. Marcia was the docent and she was terrific. She explained the features of the Art Deco style by showing us both the exteriors and interiors of several buildings on the walking tour. She also provided interesting...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour could have been amazing, however, all of us on the tour felt way too rushed moving from home to home, and not nearly enough time to really allow the beauty and history of FLW's home and studio sink in. Tour guides were awesome,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello—thanks for reaching out and providing your feedback. We are sorry that your experience with us did not meet your expectations. I will be sure to pass along your feedback about the tour to our docents.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this tour. Sitting on the top of the double decker bus was relaxing, and we could see great. The docent was outstanding. And the information and visuals painted a fascinating picture of Chicago, its architecture and its history. As a long-time resident,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the bus tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the bus tour. Our Guide was passionate about his native Chicago and was very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the bus tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I received this free with the Big Bus and thank God I did. This is not worth the 12.00 but I'm not from Chicago and maybe it would have more importance for someone who lived in this city. Still a wasted of time.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the intention from those that are so talented, in planning for the future. What they have achieved so far and what they hope to do is fascinating. The models of the buildings all over the world are so impressive, I...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Center! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

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On our Chicago Architecture Foundation tour, there was a boy in a motorized wheelchair. It is true that he had to stay on the main deck as there are only stairs up to the upper deck. But there are seats in the prow of the... More
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