Being a Docent In Chicago

My summer job is a blast. I volunteer for Chicago Architecture Foundation as a docent. You can find me at the bottom of the stairs under the blue awning at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, just before the bridge.

Here is the story,

My mom and her good friend took me on a boat tour before I moved out here. I just loved it. I then moved to Chicago and decided that I needed something to really enjoy the city. I applied to be a docent for CAF. I was interviewed and began the classes. I went to class every Saturday for nine weeks. We had a mid-term exam, an oral exam, a final exam, and a final project. This was all VOLUNTARY! I loved every second of it.

I graduated and started giving historic and modern architecture tours. The organization needed more boat docents so I was trained and began giving boat tours.

I have been volunteering for Chicago Architecture Foundation for 20 years. It has been one of the most rewarding and fun jobs. CAF is a fantastic organization, committed to continuing education. I have 400 people just like me, enthusiastic about Chicago and knowledgable about architecture. Check them out at


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