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Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
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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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224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first trip to Chicago so it was recommended that we take their river cruise which we did the day of arrival. Loved it. Had the great Barbara Butz as our guide. The next day we did the walking tour of old building architecture and...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the river cruise and walking tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the kind words. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to your docent, Barbara.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely outstanding experience - knowledgable and articulate docent, lovely boat, and a great way to see Chicago's waterfront architecture and learn a lot about it. This felt like a lot more than just a tourist trip. I learned a lot about Chicago and about 20th...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a blast on the Chicago Architecture Foundation river tour! It was a chilly but beautiful day on the Chicago River, and we loved hearing about the amazing architectural history of the city. We also liked that the tour benefits a nonprofit educational organization...More

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The 1-1/2 hour cruise on the Chicago River was a knowledgeable and well delivered lesson on the history of Chicago architecture. Sunny and clear weather added to the enjoyment. The docent, Russ, did a great job sharing his passion for architecture and the city!

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

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JRads_13
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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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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