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From the official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises to Chicago’s most popular architecture walking tours, the Chicago Architecture Foundation provides an engaging, entertaining, and memorable experience for your group.

Chicago Architecture Foundation tours are led by volunteer docents who are passionate about Chicago. Docents receive hundreds of hours of training in Chicago architecture and history before being certified to lead tours.

Suggestions by tour type...

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The CAF River Cruise is a "must" for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. You and your guests will see over 50 buildings along the Chicago River and learn how the city grew into one of the world's most important crossroads.


Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhoods, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and skyscrapers galore, bus and trolley tours allow your groups to see more architecture and more of Chicago in less time.


Only a Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour gets you up close to some of the most famous buildings in the world.


CAF offers seven different slideshow presentations that can be offered anywhere at anytime.

Suggestions by group type...


Alumni Reunions/University Orientations

oldtown.jpgArchitecture tours are a great way of connecting with old friends and new classmates. Walking tours foster opportunity for dialogue and conversation.

Suggested tours:

CAF River Cruise
Downtown Deco
Skyscraper Walk Through Time
Modern Skyscrapers
Highlights by Bus


Family Reunions & Social Events

hhphoto.jpgIt’s your turn to plan a fun-filled itinerary of events. Don’t worry, CAF will help you deliver the perfect event that everyone will be raving about.

Suggested tours:

CAF River Cruise
Skyscrapers and More Trolley Tour
Millennium Park Revealed
Devil in the White City Bus Tour


Military Reunions

cbot2.jpgChicago is the perfect backdrop to host your military reunion. Explore the veteran experience on one of our Civil War tours or take a historic walking tour and allow your group to be inspired by the men and women that built this majestic city.

Suggested tours:
CAF River Cruise
Rosehill Cemetery: Civil War &
                 Chicago's Role

Oak Woods Cemetery: Civil War to
                 Civil Rights

Skyscrapers and More Trolley Tour


Anniversary & Wedding Events

bothboats.jpgWith friends and family in town for your big day create an itinerary of uniquely Chicago activities that keep them fully engaged.

Suggested tours:

CAF River Cruise
Skyscraper Walk through Time
Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Elevated Architecture: Chicago’s Loop

Or, consider having your rehearsal dinner or your wedding aboard Chicago's First Lady – private rentals are available.


Corporate Outings

drake.jpgArchitecture tours are a wonderful way of rewarding your team for an outstanding year or creating a culturally enriching team building event.


Suggested tours:
CAF River Cruise
Skyscrapers and More Trolley Tour
Treasures of Culture and Commerce


High School Students

rookerycantilever.jpgAs a member of the Student Youth Travel Association, CAF can create an engaging and informative learning excursion that augments history, civics and social studies curriculum.

Suggested tours:

CAF Student River Cruise

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Looking for a K-8 field trip? Click here>>


Contact the Group Tours Department for more information
or to book your group tour today!


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New in 2014!

Weekday Architectural Lunch Cruise

Mon-Fri at 12pm

$39.99 per person, includes boxed lunch


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