Docents are volunteers who conduct tours and interpret the buildings in Chicago's downtown and surrounding neighborhoods on Chicago Architecture Foundation tours. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, many with little or no previous formal education on the subject of architecture.
Visit the docent section of our website for more information.
We have volunteer opportunities in the area of Visitor Services, administrative volunteers, and special events. Visit the volunteer section of this site for more information.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation accepts donations such as In Kind Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Matching Gifts, and Planned Gifts. Please visit the donate section of this site for additional information.
Various corporate, foundation, and government entities provide generous contributions that make CAF's exhibitions and programs possible. Please click here to see a list of our funders.
Admission to our exhibitions is free. Most of our adult programs and family programs are free and open to the public. Tour prices vary.
Unless otherwise stated in the program or exhibition details, all programs and exhibitions are held at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue. See a map of our facilities for specific locations within the building.
Requests for accommodation such as a wheelchair-accessible bus should be made through the CAF call center at 312-922-TOUR, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure an accommodation, requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the tour's scheduled departure.
Most of our adult programs and family programs are free and open to the public. Please refer to our programs or family programs section of this site for detailed information.
At the Chicago Architecture Foundation:
Discounted parking is available for Chicago Architecture Foundation members at the Millennium Park parking garage or Grant Park South parking garage. Show your membership card at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center between 9:30am and 6pm to request your discount voucher.
At the dock:
Discounted parking for all Architecture River Cruise participants is available at Systems Parking, 111 East Wacker Drive. To receive the discount, validate the parking ticket at both the Chicago’s First Lady dock ticket window and the Systems Parking ticket offices before using the automated machine in the parking facility. Discount applies only to stays in the garage under 4 hours.
The dock is located at the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. There is no formal address for the dock. See map for details.
No. There will be no luggage allowed on board any river cruise vessel due to heightened security requirements.
Visit the tours section of this website for information on all tour departures.
Group tours can be scheduled for those with 10 or more participants. Please contact Jennifer Devermann at 312.332.1131 or jdevermann(at)architecture.org or use our online form.
There are 3 ways to become a member: submit an online form, complete a form at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center, or call 312.322.1140
Membership benefits include annual buy-one-get-one-free Architecture River Cruise tickets, more than 65 free tours, invitations to exclusive members-only behind-the-scenes tours, Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop discounts, and more. See the membership section of our site for complete details.
Two adults and 2 children under the age of 18 can be on a household membership.
Sustaining memberships and above are tax deductible.
Please call Membership Services at 312.322.1140 or send an email to membership(at)architecture.org.
Show your Chicago Architecture Foundation membership card at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center between 9:30am and 6pm to request your discount voucher.
No, as a Chicago Architecture Foundation member benefit you do not need to participate in a Chicago Architecture Foundation event or tour in order to take advantage of the parking discount.
Yes. Without your membership card you will pay regular price for tours.
You are not required to show your Chicago Architecture Foundation membership card for free events. Please bring your membership card for members-only events or events which have a special members-only price.
Visit the Newhouse Program and Competition section of our website for complete details.
Our Saturday in the Studio workshops are a great way for teenagers to explore the fields of architecture and design. Other educational and fun learning options through the Chicago Architecture Foundation also include the Newhouse Program and Competition, the Architecture Handbook, and internships.
Yes, please visit the internships section of this website for more details.
We offer Family Studio Sundays
See the school groups section of our website.
Our award-winning publications, Schoolyards to Skylines and the Architecture Handbook are excellent resources for using architecture as a teaching tool as well as teaching architecture itself.