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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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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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"oak park"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide, John, was very knowledgeable and gave us a short history lesson of the city. This was our first time in Chicago so it was awesome to have learned so much. The tour is 2 hours long and packed full of great info...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't do any tour, just checked out the scale replica of Chicago adjacent to the gift shop. I've always been a fan of Legos and other small scale models when I was a kid so this was really enjoyable. There was an attendant there...More

Thank Leo S
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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! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The boat tour is great in season, but we visited Chicago in January and that wasn't an option this time. So we chose the Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce tour. Why a delight this was. We learned so much about Chicago history and saw...More

Thank MarkWing
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ChiArchitecture, other at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought it was a great way to walk through the river and hear about the history and the architecture of many different buildings. Beautiful

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

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

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

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
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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 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

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

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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Marty E
29 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
11 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
17 December 2016|
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they are open almost every day for tours. no river tours in winter but walking tours nearly every day
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