Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Be amazed by Chicago’s innovation, creativity and architecture.  CAF’s tours are famous around the world for one reason:  we train real Chicagoans to give real tours of the real city. CAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people to learn why design matters. Stop in today and take advantage of our free exhibitions, interesting lectures and award-winning retail shop. 
  • Adult gate price $17.00
  • Child gate price $14.00
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Choose from more than 85 tours of the city and surrounding neighborhoods, passionate and knowledgeable docents will entertain you while teaching you about the historical and modern buildings that make Chicago the First City of American Architecture. Don’t leave without visiting CAF’s shop, one of Chicago’s most unique venues filled with modern and historically-inspired home décor, jewelry, architectural books and photography.

  • Chicago Model City: Extended by popular demand, this exhibit gives you a look at the diverse and complicated challenges faced by the city planners of this metropolis. The centerpiece of this exhibit is a 320-square-foot model of downtown Chicago that lets you see the whole city from a unique angle. It is the only accurate and up-to-date model of Chicago. You’ll also see a 1950s model of the Eisenhower Expressway and Blue Line; an explanation of the 1909 “Plan of Chicago” and a model portraying the exciting green renovation of Willis (Sears) Tower.
  • Neighborhoods Go Green: Scaling up Sustainability: Energy efficiency is the way of the future, so check out how you can save energy and reduce pollution and output using such simple things as efficient light bulbs and hybrid cars. Learn the value and impact of such simple acts that can be replicated at home and in the workplace.
  • CAF Tours are as diverse as the Chicagoan docents who lead them and go to a vast array of Chicago neighborhoods to point out the city’s most unusual and beautiful architecture. Don’t expect a pre-rehearsed, scripted tour…these building-savvy docents go impromptu, showing off their intimate knowledge of the city and its architecture. Old Town, Downtown, Magnificent Mile, Skyscrapers: Early Risers, Millennium Park, Deco Tours—the Foundation shows you anything and everything you desire to see when it comes to Chicago buildings!

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the institute for architecture in this city. Expect a high-quality experience that will leave you full of facts and knowledge about ‘The Windy City’ and its rise from a small town to the impressive metropolis it is today.

    Don’t leave without visiting CAF’s shop, one of Chicago’s most unique venues, to check out the modern and historically-inspired home décor, jewelry, architectural books and photography.

    Go SelectTip: be sure to rent the audio guide for CAF’s blockbuster exhibition, Chicago Model City, so you can hear local historians, planners and other experts discuss how a city as vast and complex as Chicago takes shape.

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Great way to learn about the real Chicag
By I love Chicago from Milwaukee on
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Interesting, Active, Great introduction, Hidden Chicago, Historical
Best Uses:
Best Tour Guides,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Architecture Foundation:

I go on an Architecture Foundation walking tour every time I am in Chicago and always learn something new and interesting. The tour guides are very well trained and love to answer questions. This is the best way to really feel like you "did" Chicago.

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Great Introduction to the City!
By Elsa from Raleigh, NC on

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Architecture Foundation:

A fabulous way to see Chicago and learn a little about the eclectic city and its past!

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Phone: 312-922-8687

Address

224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am-6:30 pm; Tours every day. Frequency varies by season. See website for details.

Note

Go Select passes are valid for walking tours only; all tours subject to availability.

Closings

New Years Day,Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Address

224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Located in the Railway Exchange building at the corner of Jackson Blvd. Convenient to parking and public transportation. Brown, Green, Orange or Purple lines to Adams and Wabash, or any CTA bus that services Chicago's Loop.

Go Select passes are valid for walking tours only; all tours subject to availability.

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