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“Chicago architecture boat tour”

Chicago Architecture Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 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 CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAC's expert docent guides. Every October, check out CAC's free annual Open House Chicago festival. Proceeds from CAC’s tours and gift shop, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support this educational mission.
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 her help for tickets and photos.the tour guide Ben was knowledgeable,however the tour which was one and a half hour was interesting as Chicago buildings architecture was told, however if you miss it is not a. Big deal.

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

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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.

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, 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.

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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 skyline from a distance! Oh, what views! I enjoyed learning all about these lovely buildings and hearing about their stories. Overall, a great experience and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about Chicago's architecture!

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, 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.

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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 on which tour you would like. They offer walking tours of historic buildings, river cruises that take you through the city so you can gawk at the structures while a docent explains them and even tours out to Frank Lloyd Wright's museum and houses and game-changing church. I've been on three of the tours, and each time, I've been enlightened and entertained by the knowledgeable docents who really love their city.
Hint: on the River Tour on a hot summer day, bring a hat. You're on the upper deck so you can see and it gets hot out there.

Thank Muriel M
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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, 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.

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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 would have been nice to see the location. There is a strong emphasis on architecture, which isn't surprising.

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, 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.

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