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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
+1 312-922-3432
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-922-3432
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the architectural boat tour on the Chicago River and I would highly recommend it. It was really interesting beautiful scenery and great guy.

Thank Darla K
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a wide range of tours that explore the built environment of Chicago. Among them are river cruises, bus and trolley tours, walking tours downtown and in various neighborhoods, and even bike and segway tours. The Foundation's lobby features a scale...More

Thank Emily C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was in Chicago in May for fun--a girlfriends trip! We enjoyed two tours through the CAF: the architectural boat tour, and the Architectural Highlights tour (bus, 3.5 hrs). Both were fabulous. Our guide on the bus tour was David Smith, who was simply delightful....More

Thank eellis2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

The boat was really comfortable and Beccy the docent on board giving the narration for the tour was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! She was so knowledgable and passionate about the city's architecture, told stories and was very engaging!!! One of the best tours I have ever done!!

Thank tjw160171
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide Julie was a treasure of knowledge. I learned lots, and enjoyed the boat ride up and down the river. Excellent way to spend an evening.

Thank kimcrm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This new tour from the Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great addition. We saw gorgeous hotel lobby's and roof top bars (not always available). This tour includes some of the best views of Chicago you can get anywhere. Leave it to the great city of...More

1  Thank Harriet49
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Despite the passionate speaker, the quality of the audio tour made it impossible to understand half of what she was saying. The mic kept on breaking off. We missed key parts of the history and highlights. That's very deceiving considering we paid $117 for the...More

Thank W2058OMalainm
Reviewed 5 days ago

CAF offers many different services & activities to see Chicago with greater depth. As a Chicago native, there is always still more to learn. Plus, it's always cool to see Chicago from different point of views.

Thank eenerf
Reviewed 1 week ago

This river tour should not be missed. It leaves from the riverside by the statue of Lincoln and some other bloke and is quite expensive at $50pp, but it is well worth it. Our guide was passionate about the architecture and spoke continuously for the...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must-do in Chicago. Some of the best views of Chicago's 20th Century architecture are from the river. Wonderful guide. Highly recommended.

Thank Craig A
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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Hi there, Were you able to do a Architecture Boat tour in the winter ( Jan/Feb) ? If so what company did you do this with ?
12 February 2017|
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Response from Sweetlandings | Reviewed this property |
Not in the winter- as the river tours aren't running. But the rest of the year the Architecture Foundation is the boat tour to take. The others I've tried are more silly entertainment than informative.
Hello, are you open today for tours?
18 December 2016|
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Response from Jkarr11 | Reviewed this property |
Have you checked the weather in Chicago this time of year???
Susan N
How long does the tour last?
12 August 2016|
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Response from ChiArchitecture | Property representative |
Hi Susan, Thank you for your message. If you are referring to the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises, the tour typically lasts 90 minutes. We ask that you please arrive 30... More