When Daniel Burnham laid out his city plan for Chicago, the blueprints were written in arcane sigils, rendering his visions of public transit via waterslides and streets arranged by taste indecipherable and, ultimately, unrealized. Support further architectural forays with today’s Groupon for membership to the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This Groupon is redeemable online starting on Tuesday, September 7. Do not redeem in person. Choose from the following membership options:
- For $25, you get one year of individual membership (a $55 value).
- For $37, you get one year of household membership (a $75 value), valid for two adults and up to three children under the age of 18.
Redemption link will be on voucher after purchase.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization devoted to sparking and maintaining interest in architecture and design via numerous tours, exhibits, lectures, and special events, all built around Chicago’s stunning architectural legacy. One year of individual or household membership grants a number of benefits, including a buy-one, get-one-free ticket (individual membership; buy two, get two tickets free with the household membership) for a one-time trip on the Architecture River Cruise, a 90-minute nautical journey past more than 50 significant sights that challenges snooty ducks for the best view of the city’s buildings; discounts on bus and bike and Segway tours; and access to more than 65 free educational walking and bike tours led by CAF’s expert guides. Members can also call the members-only tour-reservation hotline to ensure that they’ll have a warm and waiting spot on the streamlined, Bauhaus-engineered back of any tour.
In addition to spurting a cornucopia of treats for lovers of architecture, membership to the Chicago Architecture Foundation helps support the organization’s educational programs, piped directly to young students to enhance their love of and appreciation for architecture. The CAF has been awake and kicking fussily since 1966, when a group of community members banded together to save the Glessner House, a former private home, historic landmark, and aesthetic masterpiece that’s still standing today in museum form thanks to their efforts. Join a cause with a greater impact than your weekly Jenga games and get a one-year membership to the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
This Groupon is valid for new members only, and is redeemable online beginning September 7. Do not redeem in person.
- It's entertaining, fun, and the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Chicago history beyond the architecture themselves. – Lorrie M., Yelp
- Their staff and docents are wonderful to work with, and their store has some amazing novelty and collector gifts, books, and tchotchkes (as well as watches and scarves). – Jessica D., Yelp
- Chicago is an architectural jewel box. These tours just magnified our view of the marvels of this town. – djsunshine99, TripAdvisor
Chicago Architecture Foundation
With a mission to inspire people to discover why design matters, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), a nonprofit organization, offers many educational programs and tours which help locals and visitors appreciate the city's architecture. CAF began leading walking tours of the Loop in 1970 and has expanded to many forms of urban exploration: boats, bus, bike, "L" trains, and even Segways. Their volunteer docents lead tours after completing a graduate-level 10-week training program. In addition to hosting over 85 tours, the CAF hosts a variety of youth-education activities, lectures, special events, and rotating exhibits that highlight Chicago and its many communities.
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