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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
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The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit CAF on Michigan Avenue to view our 1,000-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 CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAF's expert docent guides. Every October, check out CAF's free annual Open House Chicago festival. Proceeds from CAF’s tours and gift shop, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support this educational mission.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed yesterday

I've taken other boat tours of the city before but this is my first with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Our Docent, Georgia was a WEALTH of interesting information. She spoke for most of the 90 minutes reciting interesting history, facts, and antecdotes (along with jokes...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you’re in Chicago — going on the architectural foundation boat tour is a must go!!!!! It’s approximately 90 minutes up and down the Chicago River and branches, giving you a great tour of all the great old and new buildings throughout the city, along...More

Thank Gary H
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Reviewed yesterday

This tour is not to be missed!! This was my second time. Though it is pricey (mine was $47) it was worth every penny. From the Chicago River, you learn about the history of Chicago from the point of view of its architecture. The guide...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful way to see Chicago and learn about its diverse architectural landscape. Very knowledgeable volunteer tour guides are passionate and interesting. Loved every minute of this. A “must do” if in Chicago.

Thank DG K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I would highly recommend the architectural boat tour with a docent from the Architecture Foundation. The boat was lovely with an indoor (air conditioned) salon as well as ample outdoor seating. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and shared tons of information about the buildings along...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're a fan of Chicago's architecture (or want a fabulous 90 minute lesson on the topic), while relaxing on a boat, don't miss the Chicago Architecture Foundation's cruise! Let by incredibly informed docents (Siobhan was fantastic!), you'll be amazed at how much you'll see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow-- amazing tour and incredible vantage point to enjoy the lovely architecture of Chicago! Knowledgeable guide-- amazing facts about so many buildings! You really appreciate the uniqueness of each building, its history and features! The guide is very entertaining -- and afterward, if you go...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chicago is a spectacular city for architecture and the Architecture Foundation does a spectacular job at showing it off. The walking and boat tours are wonderful and the volunteer guides are extremely well informed.

Thank Ron A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends had recommended this tour to us, and it lived up to our expectations offering a great view of the city along the river and an impressive lesson on Chicago's amazing, diverse architecture. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates architecture or, just wants to see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour with a great guide, Wayne. Thinking back, his style had the perfect delivery of great information with smile and no unnecessary “fluff” to get in the way of the real reason of the tour... the beautiful architecture. Even with a little rain, we...More

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We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent, Wayne.

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JRads_13
May 20, 2018|
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Response from Peggie T | Reviewed this property |
There is interior seating on the boat, so you can still go on the tour when it is raining.
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Marty E
June 29, 2017|
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Response from ChiArchitecture | Property representative |
Hi Marty! You are welcome to purchase tickets in person at the boat dock, located on the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. Please note that summer is our busiest season, so it's possible that your... More
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GaiaT20
February 11, 2017|
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Response from ChiArchitecture | Property representative |
Hello! We do not offer river cruises during January and February because the boats are removed from the river for the winter. This year, our season runs from April 1–November 19, 2017. Thank you!
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