2013 – The Year of Chicago Elevated Walking Tours!

Well, well, well. We made it.

Welcome to 2013 everyone. Nice to see you over here, hi, hi.

2012 was a really great year for Chicago Elevated. Really, ever since I started it, Chicago Elevated has been awesome and I have you all to thank for that. No doubt in my mind.

So what is Chicago Elevated doing in 2013? What am I doing and what am I looking forward to other people doing? Well I’m so glad you asked.

I have a new tour I’m working on for 2013, what’s so much fun about this tour is I’ve been asking you all for help. What scared you about Chicago? What confused you? What did you wish you had known before you got here? Riddle me this and I’ll use your advice to help stock up on this new tour.

I’m going to get more involved in local business and networking events. I am currently a member of the Chicago Tour Guide Association and I just joined the Chicago Loop Alliance – I’m really excited to start meeting more people who love Chicago as much as I do.

The Chicago Tour Guide Association has a tour guide certification test that is in 3 parts – written, slide test and the route test. I have one more portion to finish, the route test and then I will be a certified tour guide in Chicago. This is not a city thing or something that MUST happen to be a Chicago tour guide, but it’s more for our own accomplishments and it’s been really fun to be tested on my knowledge.

And more than anything, I want to keep giving the best walking tours in Chicago and meet as many of you as I can and just have the best time ever running around the city of Chicago.

There are a lot of really cool things going on in Chicago obviously, so here are some of the things I’m looking forward to seeing in 2013:

1. Listen to your Mother

Melisa and Tracey put together an amazing group of readers last year for “Listen to your Mother,” a national series. It’s bloggers and writers and regular people reading essays about moms and parenting, etc. The show is put on near Mother’s Day and last year it was really intense. Tears from laughter and sadness and absurdness and anger and it was really something else. They’re doing it again this year and they’re taking submissions! Get them your submission by 1/15 and they’ll let you know about an audition. I highly recommend entering if you’d like, it’s not professionals (well, there were some) but it’s for everyone, all people, male, female…and if that’s not up your alley, at least watch for the show in May, because you are going to cry. I promise you that.

2. Waxwing Puzzle Company

I’ve talked about Waxwing before and I shall talk about them again. Andy – owner of Waxwing – has become a friend and I’ll tell you why – he’s fascinating. He comes up with games, all kinds of games. That’s how we met because he does a game in the Pedway called The Labyrinth. We also went to one of Andy’s Speakeasy games. I was a muckracker and had to question others in the group who were mobsters or police, etc. By the end of the night I found out via blacklight that I had been shot numerous times. Um, well…we’re also headed to another game called Mafia and Seek – that’s running January 19th and it’s FREE. Andy rules, these are the best games ever and they’re intense and deep and not shallow and silly. I’m really looking forward to what Waxwing is going to come up with in 2013.
Thank you for reading, thank you for coming here and on tours. Thank you for loving Chicago the way you do and thank you for OH MY GOSH EVERYTHING.


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