Welcome to the About Me page! Isn’t it the best?
I’m Margaret, your tour guide, hello…hi…hello…
Before I get into the “About Me” I want to say something quickly about the tours. First, I only do walking tours. I believe that walking tours are THE BEST way to get know a city. Being a part of the sights, sounds, smells and crazy things that come up when on the streets of Chicago are the best parts of the tours and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Other companies offer bus or trolley tours if you’re looking for that, I don’t. We stand on our own two feet around here.
Also, I keep my tour groups small. I “sell out” at 15 people and the Binoculars Tour sells out at 8. I will not lessen your experience (or mine for that matter) with a huge group of people trudging through the streets. It’s just us, we move quickly and smoothly (mostly!) and I believe that’s the best experience for you, you’ll always have an intimate experience with me. Wait, did that come out wrong?
Okay, so enough about that:
I’m from Chicago originally, I grew up in the northern suburbs. After college in Indiana I moved to Colorado for a while (I thought I’d be a good hippy, turns out, I missed the city.) I came back to Chicago and started in the improv comedy scene. I performed at IO and Second City and The Annoyance. I loved it, I loved doing comedy. I met the best people and they’re all still my friends today. Chicago has an amazing comedy scene – get me started on it sometime, I dare you.
In 2000, I moved to New York City. I figured I needed a change. I got change. I got change all over the place.
In 2001, I moved back to Chicago. Change is awesome, so is home!
And once I got home, I kissed Chicago. I promised never to take it for granted again and I haven’t – not for one day.
I became a volunteer guide in 2005 and started my own business in 2010. I started with the Pedway Tour, and it did me well. Since then I’ve added new tours and taken some away and some are private tours only and some are scheduled. I do group tours and private tours and school groups and Cub Scouts. I can do anything, I’ll hop on a bus or a boat no problem!
And I’ve never given the same tour twice, not ever. Things change every day, buildings, streets, tour groups! Each tour is it’s own unique thing and that’s what makes me fall in love with my work over and over.
Let me know what I can do for you! Or what I can help with, or what you have questions about or anything, anything at all. Thank you for reading this and I’ll see you on the streets!