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

Kathy packed two hours full of historic detail about buildings near the Architecture Foundation. Her knowledge is superb. Interspersing building interiors with exterior attributes gave relief on this extremely hot day. Great tour! Be ready for a hike.

Thank Y4030DXkimc
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fifth time on the CAF River tour. Updated content since last time --- new buildings! Be sure to buy tickets in advance.

Thank Nevertell2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the best company for a boat tour in the city of Chicago! The boats are a bit smaller so everyone can hear the docent and see what they are talking about. I've been on the larger boats and I don't like them as...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting tour. Our tour guide Jan was very knowledgeable and amusing in giving us information about Chicago and the places we were seeing. A number of stops were made so we could go into buildings such as the Rookery and the Robie House. Jan...More

Thank DOnna25672014
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're so glad that you enjoyed the tour and we will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent Jan!

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have lived outside Chicago all my life. Having grown up in the far South Suburbs I had little reason to see the rest of this great city, outside of our downtown Loop area or the many fine Museums around it. As I grew older...More

Thank meezer3
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the historic neighborhood tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the dusk architecture tour and it was fantastic. Highly recommend. Very knowledgeable and enjoyable.

Thank AlaskaSeptember
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the boat tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic overview of the architectural gems of Chicago. The leader Jan was extremely knowledgeable and gracious and offered an incredible amount of facts, figures, info and history.

Thank judyeh2017
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We so appreciate it. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour and we will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent Jan.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was recommended to me by my sister who had taken it several years ago. My girlfriends and I were on a 5 day get away trip to Chicago and we booked this tour in advance of arriving in Chicago. That was a good...More

Thank Merle S
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Frank Lloyd Wright tour, Merle! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrific CAF tour of the Art Deco buildings in Chicago! Anne was our docent, and she was outstanding - - truly has a passion for sharing her knowledge & an excellent guide. We all learned so much about Chicago's architecture from her & will now...More

Thank heyjude12342016
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We so appreciate it. We're glad that you enjoyed the Art Deco tour and we will be sure to pass your compliments along to your docent Anne. Thanks again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful tour! Good recap of the book with slides at the beginning, and a VERY knowledgeable docent for that and the tour. Expect to return to the site of the Colombian Exposition to tour on my own after hearing all the info about it.

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

Hi Jerry! Thanks so much for joining us as well as for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour!

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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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