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Chicago Architecture Center

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The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit the CAC on Wacker Dr. to view our 4,000-building scale model...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601-3713
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

The boat tour was pleasant and extremely informative, with a very knowledgeable docent. Absolutely recommend taking the boat, since your views from the water are much better than from on land.

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us and for the kind words.

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I was visiting Chicago this last weekend with my friend. We both decided it would be fun to go on a boat tour, and wow! It was worth it. Or tour guide, Kelly, was knowledgeable and funny (!) He had great little stories about history...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us and for your kind words.

Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is something i did 4 times enjoying it both as a tourist in Chicago and while I lived there. The tour is different every time because each of the tour guides has something else they love about the city that they are using as...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 6 August 2018

The Foundation's boat tours leave from the SE corner of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River and are very informative and interesting; however, for those not that interested in Chicago history and its architecture, simply looking for a boat tour, there are other tours by...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the tour, Mark! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 4 August 2018

If you want to know about Chicago Architecture why not get it directly from the Chicago Architecture Foundation? (The Source) Docent tour guides (Ours was named Barb) fill the tour with wonderful information and as we toured all branches of the Chicago River. Docent's wont...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the kind words.

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

The river cruise is very informative. We learned a lot. The volunteer tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a bit too much information unless you are in to architecture. Bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen and grab a bottle of water from the bar. There...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Hi Christine—thanks for taking the time to review us!

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Informative tour showcasing the amazing Chicago architecture. I’ve been in several and love the twilight one as you get incredible vistas with the sun setting.

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the kind words.

Reviewed 29 July 2018

90 minutes aboard a comfortable boat with a full bar and a wonderful, well-informed and interesting guide. My two sons (ages 10 and 13) absolutely loved it, and I learned a ton. Definitely a must!

Thank Christine G
ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

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

Reviewed 29 July 2018

The Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruise, at only 1.5 hours, must be on your Chicago itinerary. We took the highly coveted twilight cruise at 7:30 p.m. and it took our breath away. The views from the river are spectacular and the commentary about the architecture...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

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

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Just took the Chicago Architectural Foundation River Boat Cruise for the second time and learned even more from our knowledgeable guide Drew . "Don't settle for second best when only the best will do ". The guides on the CAF cruises know their history and...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

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

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Shon7
11 July 2018|
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Response from CultureVulture60657 | Reviewed this property |
On our Chicago Architecture Foundation tour, there was a boy in a motorized wheelchair. It is true that he had to stay on the main deck as there are only stairs up to the upper deck. But there are seats in the prow of the... More
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21 May 2018|
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Response from Peggie T | Reviewed this property |
There is interior seating on the boat, so you can still go on the tour when it is raining.
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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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