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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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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 4 days ago

Wonderful tour of downtown architecture as seen from the "L" stations and trains. We wore radio receivers and could clearly hear our guide describe the history of the "L" stations and trains along with a great view of Chicago's beautiful buildings from the elevated train...More

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the "L" tour! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

...so I could go on every tour! Did a walking tour of historic skyscrapers after having done their classic boat tour a few years back. Knowledgeable docent and loved the buildings we checked out- we would have otherwise zipped past them while en route to...More

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tours, Stephan! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

They have over 70 tours you can go on. We did the oldest skyscraper it was a 2 hour tour for $20 US it was worth every penny. Our guid was so so knowledgeable and very nice. We showed us some of the greatest building...More

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

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 41st CAF tour (40 walking and one river tour) since April and it was one of my favorites! I had been in the Pedway before, but not from one extreme end to the other (west to east). Our guide Joan was a...More

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Pedway tour, Michael! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

A really amazing diorama of the central city!!! A truly great way to take it all in before walking around town! The gift shop has terrific offerings for all budgets, and when you make a purchase it is a gift that gives twice, once for...More

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at CAF, Michael! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The river cruise is one of the best bc it's an architecture lovers dream ! As a native of chicago, it was surprisingly interest to see the layout of the buildings as well as the idea behind each building design. If you sign up for...More

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

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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Returning to the monument brought me peace. It was therapeutic to talk to other vets and compare notes.

Thank Tars2626
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful organization. They have trips around Chicago to architectural high points and I've been on a number, in the past ten years and ALWAYS thought they were absolutely wonderful. The leaders know their material, can answer all questions and make the tours...More

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

We are so glad that you have enjoyed all of the tours that you have taken with us! Thank you for taking to the time to review us and for your kind words.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour costs around 40 US dollar per person, the company booth for tickets was near the bridge, their one of the girls who was selling the tickets , her name Carmen a part time worker, radiation therapy student was very friendly and helpful, appreciated...More

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

Thank you for your feedback.

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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
17 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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