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  Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Marvel at Chicago’s magnificent skyscrapers on the city’s #1 architecture tour—the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady. You’ll learn the history of the city and hear about more than 50 significant sites along the Chicago River.
PRICE: $37.85 plus tax (CAF members may use their ”buy one, get one free” one-time benefit by calling 312-922-8687.)
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: Dock is located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Look for our blue awning marking the stairway entrance.

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Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing
Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing
In partnership with the Art Institute, explore how various styles of architecture, sculpture and landscapes interact to create a unique museum campus. We’ll visit both the interior and exterior of the museum including its newest addition, the critically acclaimed Modern Wing by Renzo Piano. The ticket price includes general admission to the Art Institute (for the tour AND for one additional day).
PRICE: Adults- $38, CAF Members- $18, Members of AIC and CAF- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.
Chicago Architecture 101
Chicago Architecture 101
CAF’s Chicago Architecture 101 is back by popular demand! Take an exciting journey through the city's architectural history with Tim Wittman, one of Chicago’s leading architectural historians. This course traces the development of Chicago’s unique architectural legacy, addressing key issues that influenced buildings in each major period, from the early skyscraper to modernism. No prior background in architecture is necessary, just bring your interest and enthusiasm.
PRICE: Adults- $35 per session, Members- $30 per session
TIME/DATE: This is a 4 part series, choose which day(s) to attend:
March 4, 6—8pm
March 11, 6—8pm
March 18, 6—8pm
March 25, 6—8pm
Or, purchase the entire series >
MEET: CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
Elevated Architecture: Chicago's Loop by "L"
Elevated Architecture: Chicago's Loop by "L"
Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of the elevated trains and station platforms while learning the history of the famous "L" system and how it has shaped the development of the buildings within the Loop.
PRICE: Adults- $20, Members- $12
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
NOTE: The tour requires one admission through the CTA gates. Tour-takers can provide their own CTA fare cards or purchase one at the CAF box office at the tour departure time.
Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola
Institute of Environmental Sustainability - Loyola
Due to inclement weather expected for Thursday, February 19th, this tour has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 5th from 6-8pm. We hope that you can join us on this later date.

The new - Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed - Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola is a beacon of sustainable building in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. CAF's Behind the Scenes tour, led by the project team, includes visits to the Clean Energy Lab, Greenhouse, Geothermal System and San Francisco Hall.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- $12
TIME/DATE: March 5, 6-8pm
MEET: 6349 N. Kenmore Ave.
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Tour capacity is limited. Advance purchase and member reservation is recommended.

Student and senior discounts are available in the CAF Shop & Tour Center with valid ID. Please do not purchase tickets online as we cannot offer price adjustments.

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