Chicago River, Bus, and Walking Tours Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 02:33

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a variety of 80+ river, walking and bus tours.

Architectural River Cruise

CAF-certified expert docents interpret the world-class architecture along the Chicago River.  A 90-minute narrated river cruise, with commentary on more than 50 architecturally significant sites, all from the perspective of the river. Runs through November 23.

Bus Tours:

Roots of Reform Bus Tour:
This tour highlights efforts among women and minorities to improve Chicago’s urban condition. Tours are scheduled for select Thursdays and Sundays, June through September and depart from CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

Highlights by Bus:
This three and a half hour bus tour highlights Chicago’s wide range of architectural influence and design, and covers 30 miles of the city including: the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, university campus’, parks, and residential neighborhoods. The tour features an interior tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, as well as Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus and the Rookery in downtown Chicago. The interior tour of the Robie House is given by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30am.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Neighborhoods by Bus:
Four hour bus tour traces development of prairie style in Oak Park and River Forest amid world's highest concentration of Wright buildings. See exteriors of more than 25 houses and guided walks through three neighborhoods. Tour runs first Saturday of every month. Prepaid, non-refundable reservations required:

Devil in the White City Bus Tour:
This compelling bus tour is based upon Erik Larson’s bestselling novel that chronicles the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of America’s first mass murderer. Weekly; see website for dates See website for a complete listing of dates.

Downtown Walking Tours:

Happy Hour Tours!
The following tours offer ending with a drink at a neighborhood pub, through September
Mondays: Downtown Deco
Tuesdays: Millennium Park Revealed
Wednesdays: Historic Skyscrapers
Thursdays: Architecture of Culture & Commerce
Fridays: Modern Skyscrapers

Preserving Chicago’s Future: A new way to look at Chicago's architectural heritage.
Tour explores why choices to preserve are made and how those decisions shape the future.  Friday and Saturday twice a month; 10:30a.m.

Historic Skyscrapers
Daily at 10:00am and 3pm (no 3pm tour on Weds.)
Wednesday at 5:30pm (Happy Hour tour through September)

Modern Skyscrapers
Daily 1pm
Friday at 5:30pm (Happy Hour tour through September)

Architecture of Culture & Commerce
Daily at 2pm
Thursday at 5:30pm (Happy Hour tour through September)

Downtown Deco
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11am
Monday at 5:30pm (Happy Hour tour through September)

Tiffany on Wednesdays
Wednesdays 3pm

Louis Sullivan: Lost & Found:
This tour explores the concentration Louis Sullivan’s work in the Loop, both standing and fallen. CAF, in cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago, will trace Sullivan’s career and reveal his philosophy through surviving works, fragments, and relevant sites in the city center that was home for his entire professional life. Wednesdays 2:30pm, Thursdays 5:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am.

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