We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Loved Our River Cruise!”

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Visit CAF on Michigan Avenue to view our 1,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store, or participate in a fun LEGO® building event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train, including the CAF River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Tours depart daily and are led by CAF's expert docent guides. Every October, check out CAF's free annual Open House Chicago festival. Proceeds from CAF’s tours and gift shop, as well as grants, sponsorships and donations, support this educational mission.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Chicago River Cruise is such a unique way to see the city, especially on a beautiful day. The CAF tour guides are very knowledgable. If I had to give them one recommendation, I would suggest turning up the speakers a bit. It was difficult to hear the guide from the back of the boat, particularly when we were going through some of the noisier parts of downtown.

1  Thank Molly B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (2,375)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"boat tour"
in 275 reviews
"walking tour"
in 194 reviews
"caf tours"
in 71 reviews
"chicago architecture"
in 130 reviews
"skyscraper tour"
in 30 reviews
"volunteer docents"
in 28 reviews
"open house"
in 28 reviews
"oak park"
in 38 reviews
"white city"
in 42 reviews
"the frank lloyd wright"
in 24 reviews
"south loop"
in 29 reviews
"great tour"
in 106 reviews
"learn something"
in 28 reviews
"different perspective"
in 33 reviews
"top deck"
in 25 reviews
"two hours"
in 38 reviews
"great city"
in 33 reviews
Filter

1,833 - 1,837 of 2,375 reviews

Reviewed 15 June 2014

We decided to try this for Father's Day since we are getting accustomed to our new city. Are we glad we did. An absolutely postcard morning with a very knowledgeable docent guide combined for a perfect day. This should be a mandatory requirement for anyone wantind to be introduced to the city of Chicago's wonderful skyscraper history

1  Thank Signet01
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 June 2014

The tour guides are volunteers and have lost of passion, We had 4 stops where we got off the buss and got close up views of some of the buildings. We enjoyed the history. There was a bathroom in the bus.

1  Thank mfoster419
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The CAF River Cruise is both educational and entertaining - but the view of the skyline/shoreline from Lake Michigan is breathtaking. Born and raised in Chicago, I learn something everytime I have the pleasure of participating in a CAF tour - river, walking or otherwise. The docents love their "job" and are extremely well informed.

Five star experience every step of the way.

Thank Kristine H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 10 June 2014

If you're interested in learning about the architecture of Chicago, this is the place. Chicago was very influential in the development of skyscrapers. They offer a variety of walking, bus, and boat tours on the Chicago River. Knowledgeable docents provide much information. On walking tours, we entered several buildings. They also have a scale model of downtown Chicago. The Go Chicago pass includes several of the tours.

Thank Betty G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Chicago Architecture Foundation also viewed

 

Been to Chicago Architecture Foundation? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing