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Hours/Departures:
Daily 9am-6:30pm

Duration:
Varies depending on tour

When to Go:
Open every day. CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady runs April to November

Tour Highlights:
Enjoy boat, bus, trolley, walking or "L" train tours at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Age Restriction:
None

Quick Facts

  • Tour Chicago by boat, bus, trolley, walking or "L" train—including the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit cultural institution that serves more than 500,000 people each year through tours, exhibitions, educational programs and more.

Address:
224 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604
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Tour Chicago by boat, walking, trolley or even “L” train, including the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. CAF is the “#1 thing to do in Chicago” (US News and World Report).

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Features: Experience what U.S. News and World Report named the "#1 best thing to do in Chicago." The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 85 different walking, boat, bus, bike, Segway and L train tours. The CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady, rated 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, departs multiple times a day from April to November. Walking and bus tours depart year-round.

All of CAF's tours are led by highly-trained volunteer docent guides who are passionate about showcasing the architecture and history of this beautiful city. Since CAF is a nonprofit cultural institution, tours also support the organization's exhibitions, youth education and adult programming. For more information, visit architecture.org.

Why We Go: The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers dozens of tour options 362 days a year. From the historic to the modern, CAF’s fun tours cover every aspect of Chicago’s architecture and culture.

  • Amazing options: Tour by boat, bus, walking, bike, trolley, Segway or even “L” train.
  • Great guides: CAF’s docent guides are certified experts on Chicago and provide lots of fun facts and anecdotes during your tour.
  • Support a nonprofit: CAF is a nonprofit cultural organization, so proceeds from tours support learning initiatives for thousands of adults and children each year.

Inside Knowledge: The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has tours on famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and even offers free exhibitions like the Chicago Model.

  • Do book in advance: Chicago Architecture Foundation tours can sell out, particularly in the summer, so make sure you book in advance at architecture.org/tours.
  • Don't forget to bring your camera: You will want to take lots of pictures on your CAF tour! CAF even offers a special Photography Cruise on Saturdays and Sundays at 9am.
  • Do Visit CAF’s gift shop: After your tour, check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s gift shop with unique Chicago-themed gifts and souvenirs, including books, home décor, jewelry and building toys like LEGO.
  • Do get a bird’s eye view of the city: Visit the FREE Chicago Model at CAF. The model contains more than 1,100 scale buildings in the downtown Chicago area.