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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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224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the Chicago Masterworks walking tour on a cold, windy and drizzly afternoon and loved it. Our docent Ben was professional, personable and engaging throughout the tour. On another visit we took the river tour which was also excellent so I'm betting they are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the CAF's 90 minute Chicago river tour as a family last week, on a beautiful sunny morning. Our Docent was excellent, extremely knowledgeable and very well spoken. We had some reservations about taking the tour as a family, but everyone had a great...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media 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. It's much appreciated!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was passing through Chicago so wanted to do something that I hadn’t done before. I love architecture and Chicago is best for taking in amazing buildings. Cindy was such a great tour guide! She loves her city and it shows. She knew so much....More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the walking tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to your docent, Cindy.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love going on this boat tour ourselves, but we really enjoy showing off our city to out-of-town visitors. This tour is the way to do it! Their docents are always excellent, and today (in a snowfall) we brought some folks from Seattle. A total...More

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us—and for braving the chilly spring temperatures! We're thrilled to hear that you and your guests enjoyed our river cruise, and we appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 2 hour tour with about 15 minutes on the "L". Most of the trip is stopping at various stations to see the architecture. You learn the history of the "L" and why the loop is called that. Chicago is the home of...More

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed riding the "L" and learning about Chicago architecture on the tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us, and we hope that you'll join us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting perspective on the buildings surrounding the Loop of the "L" Train. Along with a history of the Loop itself.

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ChiArchitecture, Manager at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour, Mark! Thank you for taking the time to review us, and we hope that you'll join us again soon.

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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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