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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
+1 312-922-3432
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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 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
+1 312-922-3432
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Been on this tour twice and highly recommend it to all tourists coming to Chicago. The guides keep you entertained while educating you on the transition of architecture in chicago.

Thank Tanvi S
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the sky scraper tour. It was a walking tour in the freezing cold but really interesting and informative. Tours lead by volunteers, Michelle was great. Highly recommended

Thank Kat Z
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour, Kat! Thanks for taking the time to review us and for braving the freezing cold.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise and the Art Deco walking tours and both were well worth the price. The tour guide on the river cruise was very knowledgeable and had great passion for the subject matter. The weather was so bad (cold and...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise and the walking tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. We would love to see you on an "L" tour if you visit again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has so much to offer! First of all, it has the BEST mementos of Chicago ever. Not tacky souvenirs, but things you'll actually use around your home or office. Great presents too. It literally has something for everyone. Second, they have dozens of...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Chicago model and the store! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Architectural Boat Tour came recommended to me by people who had taken it a decade ago. Given the rich architectural tradition of Chicago, it is to my shame that I'd never considered an architectural tour. Missing this piece of Chicago should be a criminal...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the river cruise! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent, Susan.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The River Tours run by the Architecture Foundation are the absolute best "compact" Chicago Tour. Whether you've lived in Chicago your entire life or are just visiting, this is a great way to learn some of the history and architectural importance of the "Second City"...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. It is much appreciated!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this store! Just happened upon it on my walk. Great unique gifts! I found so many items and would recommend you go!!

Thank Victoria R
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are thrilled that you loved the store, Victoria! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Marty E
30 June 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
12 February 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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mallysaw
18 December 2016|
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Response from markparker112 | Reviewed this property |
they are open almost every day for tours. no river tours in winter but walking tours nearly every day
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