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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: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Tars2626
Reviewed 9 November 2017

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 4 weeks 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 7 November 2017 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 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 3 November 2017

...but the tours stay terrific! Russ was our docent and explained many of the new building and kept us up-to-date on future changes. Even though I just took the tour 2 years ago things have changed so much.

Thank Catherine B
ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise, Catherine! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to your docent, Russ.

Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Our docent was Dan Johnson. He presented the information in a fun, captivating way! He is very professional and knows his history about this area! I loved going under the bridges. I also loved going out a bit further from the boat and seeing the...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

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

Reviewed 30 October 2017

If you are at all intrigued with the art of the architecture and the history of the architecture in Chicago, walk into the Chicago Architecture Foundation. A three dimensional map helps you make sense of the scale and layout of the city while you decide...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

We are so glad that you have enjoyed your many tours with CAF, Muriel! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 30 October 2017

We had an excellent docent leading the tour. She was very knowledgeable and you could tell she enjoyed what she was doing. The only disappointment was that we did not visit any sites involving HH Holmes. Most buildings involved are no longer around but it...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

We are glad that you enjoyed the Devil in the White City tour overall, Lynne! I will pass your comments along to our tour team.

Reviewed 28 October 2017

This was a two hour walking tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We boarded CTA trains and stopped at various locations around the “loop”. Our guide explained the history and important architectural details of many of the city’s best known buildings. Great way to see...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

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

Reviewed 27 October 2017

enjoyed the tour of his home and studio and especially the walking tour with our guide through oak park then the unity temple only issue was being told when I arrived at arch foundation store and tour center they were not ready to process my...More

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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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