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Old 07-11-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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My dad is coming up to visit and I have heard the Architectural Boat Tour is fun to experience. When looking on google I found a lot of options ... Can anyone give me some advice as to which is best?

thanks a lot
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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The best by far is the official tour run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. I believe the boat boards at Michigan/ Wacker. They also conduct other walking tours around town
Chicago Architecture Foundation - 312.922.3432
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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thanks!!
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:05 PM
 
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Yes, take the CAF tour! The others are not nearly as good.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:28 PM
 
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The ticketmaster fees are a killer, the member price is a sweet deal.

I am also waiting to buy because it looks like it might rain tomorrow I am hoping the afternoon will be okay afterall because it looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Alpharetta, GA
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I did the one over the 4th by Shoreline I think it was? The guide was amazing and funny, she really gave a great tour. Then again, I'm not from Chicago so I don't know if she missed telling something important but I sure found out a lot of sh*t I didn't know before! I loved it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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I went this morning on the CAF one and it was well worth it ... A++ Definitely worth the little extra because we learned a LOT.

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Old 07-13-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Greater Greenville, SC
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Definitely do the CAF one. It boards just below the Michigan Ave bridge on the south side of the bridge. I lived in the Chicago area most all my life and learned so much I didn't know on that tour. Very refreshing ride too. Try to get on the upper deck unless it looks like rain.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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What makes the difference is the training the CAF docents have to go through to become certified. Its incredibly rigorous and is comparable to advanced college courses. I believe to become certified its almost a full year of classes/lectures/tests/reevaluations...and its all done by volunteers.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What makes the difference is the training the CAF docents have to go through to become certified. Its incredibly rigorous and is comparable to advanced college courses. I believe to become certified its almost a full year of classes/lectures/tests/reevaluations...and its all done by volunteers.
I find that a little surprising as I went on a walking tour with them and the guide was awful. It was clearly a well prepared tour, but the guide lacked basic knowledge like what rust is and the difference between Art Deco and Art Nouveau.
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