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“Wish I lived in Chicago...”

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 14 November 2017 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 another attraction. Already looking forward to returning to do another tour.

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

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 13 November 2017

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

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 I have ever seen. She showed us the Berghoff Restaurant the building is one the oldest in the city. We went to lunch after the tour fabulous. We saw so many great Building thanks to the Chicago Arch, Foundation and our wonderful guild she the best. We wanted to give here a tip but she said no its all volunteer and she love doing it. Take a tour you will love it.

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

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.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

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 fountain of knowledge about every building and feature along the way. She even knew that the only bar in the Pedway (on the lowest level, not in the buildings above), Infields, used to be called McKenna's. Aside from the convenience of strolling in perfect comfort out of the weather and having the architectural points of the Pedway itself explained, this tour was great because of all the famous Chicago buildings we entered. We didn't just stroll through the basement, but went up into the lobby of each building. These buildings included the Thompson Center, City Hall/Cook County offices, the Daley Center, two subway stations on the Red and Blue lines, Block 37 shops, Macy's, the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Station, both Prudential buildings, the Aon Center, the Fairmont Hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel, the Swissotel, and a bonus quick jaunt outside to view the exterior of the Aqua Building and Lake Shore East Park. Joan spoke about each building in which we paused, giving info about the architect, year of construction, and other interesting facts. Even as a Chicagoan, I had never been in the Pedway east of Michigan Avenue, so that part of the tour was all new discovery for me. (I took a wrong turn after the tour and got lost in the Pedway for a few minutes trying to find my way home!) All of the CAF tours I've been on have been engaging and full of fascinating information, but I count this tour right up there with the Chicago River tour as among my very favorites. It is by FAR the best tour to go on in the cold Chicago winter!

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

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!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

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 the person receiving it and the CAF as it receives the revenue!

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

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

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