Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF, Chicago

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    Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)

    by mam3206 Written Jul 28, 2007

    If you are interested in architecture or the history of Chicago, I strongly encourage you to check out which tours are being offered by the CAF when you visit Chicago. There's a free Loop Tour Train that's offered several times each Saturday from May through September (see Chicago Cultural Center tip). The "Historic Skyscrapers" and "Modern Skyscrapers" tours are offered at least once a day throughout the year. But in my opinion, the CAF really shines on their specialty tours. In other tips, I mention the Jackson Blvd and Logan Square tours. I've also taken bus tours, including "Bungalow Belt by Bus," "Devil in the White City Companion Bus Tour," and my favorite, the "Farnsworth House Plus" tour, which was a day-long homage to the work of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe that culminated at the glorious Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. CAF tour guides, especially those who lead the specialty tours, are exceedingly well-trained. I recently took the CAF boat tour with some visitors, and our tour guide spoke for 90 minutes, reciting dates, architects, and details of countless buildings, all without notes.

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    Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tours

    by sambarnett Updated Feb 12, 2003

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    south loop from museum campus

    Chicago is rightfully reknown for its architecture, but most visitors fail to give credit where credit is due.
       The city, as an institution, is one of the worst enemies to its wonderful architectural heritage, following (or at least trying to implement) the short-sighted plan of "tear down, rebuild, tear down again" that sadly prevades US urban planning thought (or lack thereof.)
       If you're wowed by Chicago's amazing architecture you can directy thank citizen groups, who have gone above and beyond duty, for sparing the structures that evoke history, culture and a sense of place. One of these groups is the Chicago Architecture Foundation, started in 1966 to save the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue.
       Plenty of private companies offer a variety of city tours, but none can match the enthusiasm and insight of those led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Visit their website for a complete lists of their extensive offerings or stop by the first-floor main office at the Santa Fe Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

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    by FreeCloud Written Oct 27, 2002

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    Anyone who loves architecture or is interested in the history of Chicago would like to visit this place.

    The Architecture Foundation provides organized walk tours (last for 2 hours) and historic tours.

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    Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour

    by Skibbe Updated Sep 19, 2009

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    We took a 90 minute boat tour highlighting the city's amazing architectural history. The Foundation give you solid information, minus the folk lore you here presented as fact on similar tours.

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