Whether you're a native Chicagoan or new to the city, you'll enjoy a visit to the Chicago Architecture Foundation. A non-profit organization that celebrates Chicago's architectural innovation, Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts exhibits, educational programs, and lectures, all of which highlight the city's architectural legacy.
Most people flock to the Chicago Architecture Foundation to sign up for one of the foundation's many tours, each of which offer a new, exciting vantage point from which to view the city. Tours are led by docents, volunteer guides who are trained by the foundation in all-things Windy City architecture. Over 85 different tours are offered, but the most popular tour is the Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady. This 90-minute tour gives insight into 50 different buildings along the Chicago River.
After your tour, don't skip a chance to browse the CAF gift shop, which is home to a dizzying array of unique gifts, from jewelry and stationery to kitchen wares and children's toys. The Chicago Architecture Foundation's gift shop and tour center are open Sundays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60604