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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 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 yesterday 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.

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Reviewed 2 days 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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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the kind words.

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Reviewed 2 days 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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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, bring a hat. The weather on our tour today was hazy and overcast but by the middle of the cruise, I could feel the sun beating on the back of my neck. Second, several people on the boat seemed to need a...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This lunchtime 45 minute tour takes you from the historical beginning of the Merchandise Mart by Marshall Field to the bustling technology and design center that it is today. Touch the Art Deco details before sitting on the newly designed "grand staircase" to eat lunch...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You dont have to be an architecture geek to enjoy this tour. It's the perfekt day to ser many of the Amazon buildings in Chicago. You also learn a lot and can get so much more our of your visit afterwards walking around in the...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour takes you through some ethnic neighborhoods that constantly reinvent themselves. Fascinating to me, but I am biased. The tour passed within a block of the house where my father grew up. The tour is about an hour and a half on a double...More

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

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JRads_13
21 May 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
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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