Chicago Architecture Foundation

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In a Nutshell

Stroll past such Chicago icons as the Art Institute, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre, and John Hancock Center

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Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Valid only on date purchased. Thursday Tours Begin at 11:30am, Friday Tours Begin at 2:30pm, Saturday Tours Begin at 2:30pm and Sunday Tours Begin at 1:30pm. Tours run rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $13 for a 90-minute "Must-See Chicago" tour ($20 value)
  • Choose from 46 tour dates between April 12 and June 29 upon checkout.
  • Tours are held Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

During a tour that is designed for both first-time visitors to the city as well as residents, a Chicago Architecture Foundation guide introduces groups to some of Chicago's most impressive landmarks, including the Art Institute, Willis Tower, Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre, and John Hancock Center. The tour begins at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, involves hop-ons and hop-offs of the "L" train (stairs are required), and ends at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago Avenue—the heart of the Magnificent Mile.

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.

Customer Reviews

Terrific docent! Very knowledgeable!!
Kathy E. · 8 days ago
It was very interesting, historical and eye opening.
Stacie B. · January 4, 2017
This time was the third time I did a tour with CAF and they have all been exceptional. I have no background in architecture but always enjoy and learn with them. Their tours are a little more expensive than others but are worth every penny!
Cate F. · April 26, 2015
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    Chicago, IL 60604


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