Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

112 E Wacker Dr (at Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL 60601
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The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a non-profit organization that inspires people to discover why design matters.

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  • "Don't sit in the front of the boat. Excellent place to learn the unique..." (2 tips)
  • "... but listening to 90 minutes of facts might be a bit too much for the..." (5 tips)
  • "... this tour. Whether you like architecture or not it's a great experience. Try time it..." (2 tips)
  • L H.

    This was a great tour — totally worth it. Not just for tourists, either; it's genuinely interesting and lovely.

    L H. · August 16, 2011
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  • InterContinental Chicago

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour might be the best in the city. The docents are all volunteers, but you'll marvel at the depth of their knowledge.

    InterContinental Chicago · September 8, 2011
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  • Jeffrey Z.

    Learn about great buildings during wonderful, docent-led 90 minute cruise along the Chicago River.

    Jeffrey Z. · August 24, 2012
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  • Daniella R.

    This is a must do if you're visiting

    Daniella R. · September 7, 2010
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  • Randy S.

    Do NOT sit in the front of the boat. The guide talks after you pass the building. If you figure that out then all the seats are taken upstairs. VERY disappointing. They should not put chairs there.

    Randy S. · July 17, 2010
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  • Kristin

    Book EARLY! Best architecture tour in the city!

    Kristin · August 13, 2011
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  • Julie A.

    To support a great cause and go on a great tour, look no further.

    Julie A. · October 12, 2012
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  • Diego R.

    Take this amazing 90 minutes tour!! Even if it looks like a touristic thing it's really worth it! Read more

    Diego R. · March 28, 2011
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  • Brian S.

    Don't sit in the front of the boat. Excellent place to learn the unique history behind Chicago and great views.

    Brian S. · October 25, 2010
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  • Adam B.

    Worthwhile for tourists or locals, bring your camera. Booze available on board for average prices. Read more

    Adam B. · July 3, 2010
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  • Ting T.

    Pretty impressive bar selection for an architecture tour.

    Ting T. · August 4, 2013
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  • Lynnster

    Don't miss the boat :(

    Lynnster · May 19, 2013
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  • SNOCRU

    Best tour AND most popular in the city so show up early

    SNOCRU · October 21, 2012
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  • Margot B.

    Make sure you sit on the open top deck--sacrifice warmth for the view.

    Margot B. · October 8, 2012
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  • Lisa

    Great way to see Chicago.

    Lisa · August 7, 2012
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  • Thompson Hotels

    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago says this is one "touristy" attraction that's actually a fascinating experience. The tour starts only 2 blocks from the Sax.

    Thompson Hotels · June 20, 2011
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  • Jeremy W.

    There are a ton of river boat tours stretching from Navy Pier down the river, but this is the best. Super enthusiastic (and knowledgeable) guide. 90 minutes. Do this day 1 of your trip!

    Jeremy W. · September 23, 2013
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  • Kelly

    Look for the blue awning. Don't get fooled by the "fake tours" that have a lot of promoters. This is the real deal

    Kelly · July 14, 2013
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  • Maggie H.

    Fascinating tour - definitely a must! Make sure you sit on the left ;)

    Maggie H. · October 28, 2012
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  • M a.

    Front of the boat is just fine. dress warmly!

    M a. · October 12, 2012
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  • Helena N.

    Unmissable if you are touring Chicago.

    Helena N. · May 17, 2012
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  • Simon S.

    Very interesting if you like architecture, but listening to 90 minutes of facts might be a bit too much for the average tourist. Despite that, you get a very good view of the city from the river.

    Simon S. · July 26, 2011
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  • S

    Food and drinks sold on board but u're welcome to bring you own (non-alcoholic)

    S · October 18, 2010
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  • Merili B.

    If in Chicago don't miss out on this tour. Whether you like architecture or not it's a great experience. Try time it with good weather so you don't freeze on the upper deck

    Merili B. · November 26, 2013
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  • Catriona H.

    Really interesting, although best views are from on the deck, so try to pick a dry day!

    Catriona H. · November 21, 2013
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  • Idara U.

    Hot chocolate and Bailey's is awesome for this cold day

    Idara U. · November 3, 2013
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  • Sarah

    Bartender is a total jerk

    Sarah · October 24, 2013
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  • Billy T.

    Excellent 90 minute docent led tour full of Chicago history and spectacular views. Highly recommended.

    Billy T. · September 10, 2013
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  • Jennie C.

    Very informative tour, next time I come I will go on the evening tour to see the city lights. :)

    Jennie C. · August 28, 2013
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  • Greg S.

    The tour is excellent! Make sure you get there early if you want a good seat on the deck though.

    Greg S. · July 8, 2013
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  • Juan S.

    They have good local beers on board. Try a few!

    Juan S. · June 22, 2013
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  • Kyle P.

    Cross your fingers that you get Lindy as your tour guide. She is so punny

    Kyle P. · September 11, 2012
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  • Lorraine S.

    Amazing tour of Chicago's unique architecture! Arrive earlier to get a good seat upstairs. Drinks are decent - try the margarita ;)

    Lorraine S. · September 7, 2011
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