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The Holiday Pedway Tour Extravaganza is Back!

TIMES: Starts 12/4 – Thursdays at 4:00PM & Fridays at 10:30AM. Tours are 90 minutes. Cost is 20$ per person.

DESCRIPTION: The Extravaganza is back. Holiday time is upon us!

Come with me as we traverse the Pedway in search of Chicago’s greatest holiday displays. We’ll use the warm and dry Pedway – a series of walkways that run underneath Chicago – to get into the spirit. And the best part is? We never have to go outside.

On this tour you’ll see the beloved Christkrindlemarket and I’ll tell you the saddest Christmas story ever. We’ll sing carols as we walk through urban winter wonderlands and see man-made reindeer drinking out of man-made streams.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the spirited throngs (no, not THONGS!) to see the holiday tree at Macy’s and talk about how Marshall Field tried to bully Montgomery Ward in the battle of the Christmas characters. The decorations at the Cultural Center are as pretty as a picture and we’ll end the tour at the Prudential Building where the lights hang down all around you.

START: 40 W. Lake, corner of Lake and Dearborn. Come inside the “Gallery of Shops” and I’ll meet you right there and I’ll have my fancy red baseball cap on.

FINISH: The Prudential Building – 130 E. Randolph

EXPECTATIONS: This tour is all indoors, kid friendly. About a mile of walking, stairs and escalators (both up and down) included.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THURSDAYS AT 4:00PM

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR FRIDAYS AT 10:30AM

This tour is also available for corporate outings, company parties or private tours as well, just send me an email at margaret@chicagoelevated.com or call me at 773.593.4873.

For reservations, either click the link below to purchase tickets online, or email me or call me at 773.593.4873 to make reservations over the phone.

 

 

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The Binoculars Tour in the Chicago Tribune!

The Trib did a lovely write-up of the Binoculars Tour, you can read that HERE

DNA Info also did a lovely write-up! You can read that HERE.

WHEE!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE BINOCULARS TOUR

 

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The Tilt at the John Hancock Observatory

The Ledge is cool. You’ve heard about The Ledge I’m sure, at the Sears Tower? It just cracked, freaked everyone out, scary Ledge….

It’s scary, the first time I went on The Ledge, I was honestly frightened, it’s quite a sensation to see the whole city beneath your feet. Highly recommend.

And now to flex it’s own structure, the John Hancock Building has introduced a ledge, that tilts.

I’ll admit it, as a tour guide I very often tell people to just go to the Signature Room at the Hancock. Have a drink. Don’t mess with long lines and whatnot, have a drink at the bar, you’ll see what you need to see.

BUT NOW! TILT!

I got to do the Tilt the other night. It was a cloudy, rainy, foggy day. I figured there wouldn’t be too much to see with all the messy weather, of course I was totally wrong and it made for some spectacular views, gorgeous. Chicago is spectacular you know.

I talked to a few people who had tilted, I was really excited to do it! Here’s a pic from the website that shows you how this works a little:

See more photos at: http://www.360chicago.com/tilt/

See more photos at: http://www.360chicago.com/tilt/

I was fine until I was standing there. My hands holding on tight, looking straight down, realizing that at any moment this big box of glass was going to tip forward. Then I got scared – like, truly scared:

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That’s me honestly being afraid.

I’m standing way back from the glass, but some people are right up on it. Then they get you ready for your ride, like at Great America, and they tilt you forward and it is scary!! Omg, it feels wrong, unnatural somehow.

THEN THEY TILT YOU FURTHER.

And I was standing way back, like an “A-hug” where you stand way back when you hug someone? Like that. And I’m making noises, trying to be funny because I’m terrified. I think I said “Nice work Hancock, what the hell is a Ledge anyway?” I heard laughter. I think.

THEN THEY TILT YOU ONE MORE TIME.

And it is really scary. And totally cool.

My favorite thing was looking at the Hancock Building itself, you can see it at the bottom of the photo:

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And then I was done and I was practically crying and begging them to let me back up! But I went back one more time because I was so scared the first time, and it was just as scary the second time!

What a trip, very cool.

Go Tilt, it’s worth it.

 

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Why You Want To Go On The Binocular Tour

Here’s a statement for you: The Binocular Tour will change the way you look at what’s around you, forever.

All my tours are fun, they’re all my favorites! You will learn something from each tour and hopefully take that home with you and remember it forever. There are fun stories and silly stories and neat stories and hopefully each and every tour will inspire you in some way.

But the Binocular Tour! This will change you. Not in some huge dramatic way, but it will change the way you look at buildings for the rest of your life and not just buildings here in Chicago, but buildings wherever you’re from and wherever you’re going next. Examining the ornament on a building is a language we knew once and have since forgotten. I think we’re longing to learn it again and the thing about it is, it’s like riding a bike – you KNOW how to do this, it’s just really remembering HOW to do this.

PLUS, you get your own pair of binoculars to keep, so you can keep looking long after we’re finished. It’s the tour that keeps on giving see?

Architecture is the mother of all arts, so the art that adorns it is the greatest expression of the architect, the building, the times we live in now and the times we lived in then. The ornament itself spans the history and geography of the world. In a mile and a half of Chicago, we’ll see Greek and Roman ornament, Sumerian soldiers, hieroglyphics, Pagan gods and Gothic gargoyles. The language itself is wonderful, learn about grotesques, gargoyles and green men; get real familiar with the quatrefoil and its simpler yet more spiritual sister, the trefoil. We’ll see angels (always barefooted!) spiny demons, kings, queens and the fools that make them laugh.

I’ve been a tour guide for seven years now. I’ve been wandering around this city for SEVEN YEARS, telling people to “look up.” And the truth of the matter is, I had never really looked up. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed. Let’s learn another language. Let’s really look up now.

But be careful, because once you look up, you’ll see what’s been staring back at you the whole time….

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CLICK HERE TO SEE DATES, TIMES AND DETAILS FOR THE BINOCULAR TOUR!

 

 

 

 

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