Why Margaret? Why are you doing this?
Well, see, I have a brother who lives in San Francisco and once every few months – during some horrifying weather scenario – he’ll ask me, “Why do you live there? Come move to California,” he’ll say, “it’s insanity that you live there.”
Maybe it is big brother, maybe it is, but I love it. I LOVE WINTER. I’m not ashamed to scream it from the freezing cold rooftops! I LOVE WINTER!!! And Chicago is so pretty in winter, it is, it really is.
So, the Badass Winter Tour is for those of us who giggle at our “cold” friends. This is for those of us who want to put on our snowpants and our boots and our hats and scarves, get all geared up, and head outside when no one else will.
What Will We See on The Badass Chicago Winter Tour?
This is a walking tour, it’s a park tour, it’s a beauty tour and a sad-story tour. It’s entertaining, educational and active. AND! It is not for the faint of heart.
We’ll start at The Fairmont Hotel. The lovely Fairmont is connected to the Pedway, so if you don’t want to go outside after our tour, you don’t have to! The Fairmont is warm and has bathrooms and tea and coffee! We’ll get suited up there and then head out to see:
The 3rd tallest building in Chicago, one of my favorites, people look at me funny when they hear that – until we get right up close to the thing, then you’ll get it.
We’ll hear a sound sculpture that sounds wimpy and sad in summer and fun and crazy in winter. Then to Millennium Park to see the Bean (with a little pat of snow on the top? Precious!) and walk the wintry wonderland that is MP in winter. We’ll get a warm up spot at the Art Institute and then I’ll tell you the SADDEST CHICAGO STORY EVER before our walk to the Lake. Our lake time is short (ever hear the phrase “cooler by the lake?” Imagine it when it’s already cold!) just long enough to take photos and listen to the sound of ice creaking.
Then we’ll cruise back to the hotel through Maggie Daley Park. Maggie Daley Park is such a trip, it’s a kids park in the summer, but in the winter, it’s pretty much just us badass adults! Then back to the warm and cozy lobby of the Fairmont.
And I promise when we are done, you will feel like a total Chicago badass. And it feels really good to feel like a badass.
BA Chicago Winter Tour Times (The tour starts 12/1)
Thursdays at 1PM
Fridays at 4PM
Saturdays at 1PM
Sundays at 9AM
20$ per person for a 90 minute tour.
What to expect:
Expect it to be cold. (!!!)
Myself and two of my friends went of the Chicago Elevated – Winter Walking Tour, our guide Margaret was awesome, interesting, and accommodating. I learned fun facts and one sad fact about Chicago that I would have never known otherwise – I believe it is a must do in Chicago. – Becca