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Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Museum, General Entertainment, and Gift Shop
The Loop, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Explore Chicago and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    • Explore Chicago
    • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
  • Stéphane F.
    "Awesome walking tours offering infos about local architecture."(6 Tips)
    Joseph B.
    "Good exhibits on city history and architecture too."(11 Tips)
    Jennifer M.
    "Stop in & see the free exhibition Chicago Model City."(3 Tips)
    Chicago Architecture Foundation
    "Pedway: Warm Walk, Cool Architecture"(2 Tips)
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 27, 2015
    With over 70 walking tours, this spot has the hookup for plenty of indoor exploring across the city. From the heights of Chicago’s historic skyscrapers to the underground labyrinth of the Pedway. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoNovember 4, 2011
    The foundation's bookshop offers out a plethora of titles ranging from architecture to children’s books, maps/guides, and Chicago-themed books, as well as gadgets and gifts inspired by architecture.
  • Max
    MaxAugust 26, 2016
    Go to the Sudio & do your own tower with boxes full of Lego Architecture blocks. Free fun for the whole family!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McElroyJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're going on a tour be sure to take time to check out the CAF Shop. They have awesome items you won't find anywhere else in the city. I love the FLWright decor.
  • Gina D.
    Gina DriskellFebruary 4, 2016
    Outstanding information as well as walking tours. When weather permits the river tours are an excellent way to see the one of a kind skyline.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    The Bungalows By Bus Tour features the Chicago bungalows built between 1910-1940, & the Frank Lloyd Wright Bus Tour shows samples of his unique architecture in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    Free “Chicago Model City”, where you can see a 320-square foot model of the city, and thirty-minute gallery talks are free of charge, as well. River Cruises and Chicago Walking Tours are around $10. Read more
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaJuly 30, 2012
    Architects of the world rejoice, there is one place where we can get all the information we need for our trip to chicago. No need to go elsewhere for information, this is the best.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittSeptember 5, 2014
    It's free to wander through, so at least check out the model of the city. Good exhibits on city history and architecture too.
  • Shawn C.
    Make time to spend time here. Stop here before going on one of the river boat architecture tours.
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveMay 4, 2012
    The Highlights by Bus Tour was one of the best tourist experiences I've had anywhere. Great guide, cool buildings, learned a lot.
  • Jesus N.
    Jesus NunezNovember 23, 2015
    A Must for people like us who like unique products for office and home!
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaFebruary 1, 2012
    For Architects visitig this place is a MUST. People here are really nice, they gave me very good advice. Check out BOTH Models.
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    Historic Downtown tours depart daily at 10am & 2pm, Modern Skyscraper tour departs daily at 1pm.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    While you're here, take advantage of some of the city’s best neighborhood tours, as well as free lectures and exhibits. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McElroyMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Stop in & see the free exhibition Chicago Model City. Largest & most accurate model of the city. Oh, it also has really cool lighting that goes from dawn to dusk in 15 minutes.
  • The Freehand
    The FreehandMarch 4, 2015
    Take a walking tour through the second largest gallery district in the United States.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McElroyJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Vote for the Chicago Architecture Foundation at & help keep Open House Chicago a FREE public program. Vote now & often!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McElroyMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    See free exhibition Chicago Model City. Largest & most accurate model of the city. Then get out there & see it for real on a tour. Tours depart everyday & are best way to see the city.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    There's an incredible scale model of Chicago from a bird's-eye perspective on exhibit here. Read more
  • Stéphane F.
    Stéphane FlaussMay 8, 2013
    Awesome walking tours offering infos about local architecture.
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan OuelletFebruary 21, 2015
    Their architecture tour is worth it.
  • Dan C.
    Dan ChuparkoffJune 21, 2010
    A Chicago Arch. Foundation membership will get you free walking tours and two-for-one Architecture Boat Cruise discounts!
  • RC M.
    Highest quality souvenirs for Chicago & the architecture community.
  • Alisa M.
    Alisa MarieDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Here for a conference on the summer? Check out the Happy Hour tours. Only have lunch hour? Check out the lunch tours!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HaaralaOctober 17, 2016
    Amazing scale model of Chicago, complete with the Bean and everything!
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    Be sure to check out the 5 finalists' proposals for the redesign of Navy Pier in the Atrium Gallery.
  • Kath W.
    Kath WilliamsJuly 18, 2013
    Cool free model scale of city
  • Darren R.
    Darren ReitbergNovember 28, 2011
    I'm going to say so much cooler than metropolitan museum of art gift shop.
    Upvoted Aug 17
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.August 6, 2011
    CONCIERGE TIP: Great for unique Chicago souvenirs!
  • Zackary P.
    Zackary PrinceDecember 11, 2011
    They have so many great items for holiday shopping. Stop by for a ton of stocking stuffers.
  • Karen W. M.
    Karen W. MasseyJuly 26, 2011
    The only up to date three dimensional model of Chicago. And free!
  • Jr B.
    Jr BernardinoAugust 6, 2013
  • Pete W.
    Pete WeimannAugust 7, 2016
    Great tours and fun gift/bookshop
  • Zackary P.
    Zackary PrinceDecember 11, 2011
    I did all my Christmas shopping here. They have so many inquiry items ans the staff is friendly.
  • Kaloyan T.
    Kaloyan TenchovMarch 11, 2011
    Check out the Chicago Model City exibition. Simply great!
  • Drew W.
    Drew WOctober 20, 2014
    Very cool exhibits in the lobby.
  • PSU-Lion D.
    PSU-Lion DiJuly 21, 2013
    See The Bean!!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Downtown Activities according to
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BartonAugust 24, 2013
    The Open House is a highlight of the year!
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    CAF offers tours year round. See what departs today! Read more
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    Hot new tour alert! Pedway: Warm Walk, Cool Architecture Read more
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 28, 2010
    New Skyscraper Express tour not that great-- highly recommend Devil in the White City tour, though.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesApril 23, 2011
    Buy a tour and get 10% off in the store
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesApril 23, 2011
    Very cool Model City in the lobby
    CHICAGO RADIOApril 3, 2010
    Various exhibits about Chicago here. Check them out
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 16
    Chicago Fountain!
    CHICAGO RADIOAugust 14, 2010
    Looking at the air and water show from this location.
  • Erman Ö.
    Erman ÖzdemirJune 10, 2016
    Hediyelik eşya dükkanında çok sayıda mimari eşya satılıyor. Bir sürü de kitap var.
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RibeiroSeptember 11, 2014
    Muitas opções de passeios e a loja tem muitos produtos legais
  • Mona C.
    Mona ChitaNovember 17, 2011
    La tienda, una pasada!
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