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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
224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-922-3432
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Reviewed yesterday

As a former Chicagoan now residing elsewhere, I had never done a cruise of the Chicago River and this tour had been recommended to me as a "must do". It was fun, informative and I would like to do it again! We decided to do...More

Thank ellery802
Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful bus tour of six historic neighborhoods. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided great information about the various neighborhoods. He also gave information for anyone wanting to return and spend more time in the neighborhoods. Kudos to the bus driver who navigated through the...More

Thank Cindy D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved this River tour. Good way to see the buildings from the water vs walking on street. Took it first thing once we arrived to Chicago to give us the lay of the city. Good choice because kids were pointing out the buildings we saw...More

Thank Dtysonrn
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The tour was great. Jim our tour guide was very informative. Highly recommended. Be sure you have your camera ready.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago

On our recent four day "tourist" excursion to Chicago, we visited the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Willis and Hancock Towers, Wrigley Field, Magnificent Mile, and the Field Museum. We enjoyed all of them very much but for some reason when...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We ordered the tour for 07/24 - their computer changed it to 07/14 (we're not sure why) immediately upon ordering. We contacted their operator (in the Phillipines - named Mark) immediately - have since called them twice, called the boat operator's administrative office, and sent...More

Thank Tim P
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have a degree in architecture, so my expectation was very high. I'm very happy to say that the walking tour offered by Chicago Architecture Foundation was really well-organized and our guide Ben was very knowledgeable. i only had about 24 hours to discover Chicago...More

Thank Evivi
Reviewed 5 days ago

I just completed a week-long summer workshop for teachers through C.A.F. I can't say enough good things about this organization. The walking tours, the boat cruise...everything was top notch! I learned so much and I can't wait to come back to Chicago.

Thank Hoosier_Travel_Nut
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Chicago very briefly before our train trip out west. The Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise was a great way to fill up about two hours of our morning before catching the train. The cruise itself is about 90 minutes and is conveniently...More

Thank Mdgrl79
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not that into architecture but we took the tour and it was very interesting and beautiful. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable and the boat ride was pure pleasure.

Thank Kelli K
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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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
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!
17 December 2016|
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Response from Jkarr11 | Reviewed this property |
Have you checked the weather in Chicago this time of year???