Chicago Walking Tours

Welcome to Chicago Elevated, thank you so much for stopping by. Please peruse the walking tour offerings and if you have any questions,  feel free to ask! Also, if you’re interested in a custom or private tour, just let me know. I like doing them. I’ll rock it out for you.

Reservations are required for all walking tours: You can either purchase tickets on the website, or you can call me 773.593.4873 or write me at margaret@chicagoelevated.com

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THE CHICAGO PEDWAY TOUR

Monday & Thursday & Saturday at 10:30 – 90 minutes – 20$

Chicago’s Pedway, a series of heated walkways, passages and tunnels, serves as the backdrop for an amusing and enlightening tour of some of the hot-spots (or a least warm-spots) of downtown Chicago.  The walking tour focuses on interesting anecdotes and tales about some of the great buildings downtown, but it’s also a study of the city underneath the city. The Chicago Pedway is a  strange and wonderful place and adds so much to the city’s personality. These are great tours for Chicagoans who want to learn more about the city and for tourists who want a full Chicago experience without ever going outside.

START: The Monday and Thursday tours start at 40 W. Lake, inside the “Gallery of Shops.” The Saturday Pedway Tour starts at Block 37 Mall at 108 N. State between Randolph and Washington.

FINISH: Mon/Thurs ends at Randolph & Michigan. Saturday tour ends at Michigan & Wacker.

EXPECTATIONS: About a mile and a half, good amount of walking, ups and downs and escalators, etc.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE MONDAY OR THURSDAY PEDWAY TOUR

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE SATURDAY PEDWAY TOUR

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THE BINOCULARS TOUR

This tour will start May 23rd, 2014  and will run until November It is available for group and private tours as well, don’t hesitate to ask!

Friday & Saturday 1:00PM $28.00 – this includes your binoculars that you get to keep! Tour is 90 minutes-ish.

The stories are familiar to you, some as old as time itself. These are the stories of gods and monsters, of fearless explorers and Father Time, of heavens and hells and who decides. This BRAND NEW tour will tell those stories and we’re going to use Chicago’s greatest buildings as our own personal storyboards.

 Armed with your own pair of binoculars (that you get to keep!) and a fun and informative guide (me!), we will explore Chicago’s Loop by gazing into the mysteries told in the faces of the buildings themselves. Aesop’s Fables play out in a gothic tower, Chicago’s life and death continue in frozen time on our bridgehouses and don’t feel too judged by Night & Day look down at you imposingly from the Great Hall in Union Station. This is a really fun tour with all kinds of dramatic stories, Chicago history and CREATURES!!!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE BINOCULARS TOUR

START: Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan

FINISH: Union Station

EXPECTATIONS: This tour moves quickly! We walk about a mile, maybe a mile and a half. There is looking up! Not all the time, but there will definitely be looking up. City streets and all that entails – curbs, noise, street. The tour is all outdoors, so dress for the weather!

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THE CHICAGO LOOP TOUR

This tour will start on May 9, 2014 and will run until November, 2014.  It is also available for group and private tours as well, don’t hesitate to ask!

Friday & Saturday at 4:00PM – 90 minutes – 20$

Ok, you’re not sure what you want? Pedway, Creatures, Disasters?? Margaret! Just show me Chicago, show me the Loop. Fill me in. Tell me what’s up. Highlights. Lowlights. Stop lights. Let’s do this!

Let’s! Come with me, we walk all around, we talk skyscrapers and rich people and fancy hotels and art and we see and hear and smell the city and we walk down State Street and talk about Ayn Rand sometimes or who knows what could happen. Sometimes I cry talking about Louis Sullivan so just come with me, we’ll have the best time, I promise.

START: Harold Washington Library lobby – 400 S. State

FINISH: Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington

EXPECTATIONS: A pretty good walk, we clip along. It’s city streets, some stairs, elevators, escalators, etc. Maybe 1 – 1.5 miles.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE LOOP TOUR

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THE DISASTER! TOUR

This tour will start on May 8, 2014 and will run until November, 2014.  It is also available for group and private tours as well, don’t hesitate to ask!

What do a dense army captain, an unbalanced boat and mess of ghost cows have in common? They’re all included on the Disaster! Tour. This award winning tour (named Best New Tour by Chicago Magazine!)  takes you through a series of unfortunate incidents, from the largest theater fire in the history of the world, to the um…mistake…made by the Dave Matthews Band in 2004.  We’ll wander through creepy alleys, go underground to the Pedway and look out for ghosts swimming in the Chicago River. No part of the urban fabric is free from mayhem! Come discover how human folly and regrettable timing led to Chicago’s greatest disasters and alternately, it’s greatest victories. This tour does have some sensitive information on it, it’s a death and destruction tour, but we probably laugh more on this tour than any other, don’t let the death and destruction scare you.

START: The NW Corner of Wacker & Wabash by the statue of George Washington and friends.

FINISH: Clark St. and the river

EXPECTATIONS: This tour is a good amount of walking in and around the Loop, about a mile and a half. It’s a  quick-moving tour with ups and downs, escalators and a few stairs and such.

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE DISASTER! TOUR

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THE FOLLOWING TOURS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE TOURS OR BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! I’m fun by appointment only, which really just means, “private tour.”A private tour can be as little as one or two people (it’s a 60$ minimum!) so it’s not fancy, unless you want it to be fancy!

THE RIVERWALK (lots of great architecture!)

GOLD COAST

ANDERSONVILLE

LINCOLN PARK

OLD TOWN

 

Tour Guide Margaret Hicks leads a walking tour through the Chicago Cultural Center

 

Fresh off the success of a Second City tour, the 12-year improv vet who’s “done funny” at the Playground, iO and Annoyance, among others, says she’ll break into impersonations, which include urban planner Daniel Burnham, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley (who, she added, “sounds remarkably similar to Junior”) and Bertha Palmer. – Time Out Chicago


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