Hello! I’m so pleased you’re here.
Welcome to the best in Chicago Walking Tours.

My name is Margaret Hicks and I Love Chicago.

Lucky for you I’m a professional tour guide with the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor to prove it. I keep my tour groups small so we can enjoy our time together – you won’t get lost in an overbooked groupon-driven herd.

Check out my tours and if you have any questions, please ask. I also do private tours, corporate team building tours, and student groups – contact me if  interested.

Reservations are required for all Chicago Elevated Walking Tours.

The Chicago Pedway

Our Signature All-Weather Walking Tour

The Disaster Tour

Famous & Infamous Human Folley

Chicago Mix

The Chicago Mix Tour

Chicago’s Top Sites Mixed With Our Pedway Tour

The Binoculars Tour

YES – you get your own pair to keep!

The Chicago Early Bird Tour

Out & Back Before The City Has Coffee

Custom & Private Tours

We’ll Put Anything On A Tour – Except Ketchup

The Chicago Pedway Tour

Mon & Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Starts at The Thompson Center

Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Starts at The Fairmont Hotel

ALL Pedway Tours end at State & Randolph

These 90-minute tours are $23 per guest.
The Saturday Pedway Tour

What the heck is the Chicago Pedway anyway?

The Pedway (along with Lower Wacker) is the unsung hero of Chicago. It’s an all-indoor series of hallways and walkways that connect downtown Chicago.

Sure, some may see only shoe-shine places and convenience stores, but we know better!  When we start to dig into the Pedway and examine it – it reveals itself to be a fascinating study. This tour will talk about the Pedway, the history of it and how to use it, but you also get a really great insight into the city, it’s architecture and it’s history. Plus, we have a ton of fun on the Pedway Tour.

A mystery to even the most seasoned Chicago natives, it will challenge your senses – including your sense of direction. There’s art, beauty, and life down there.

The Chicago Mix Tour

Friday 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tour Start: Fairmont Hotel – 200 N Columbus Dr
Finish: Michigan Ave & Randolph St

These 120-minute tours are $30 per guest.

 

The Chicago Mix Tour

Chicago Mix

The Chicago Mix Tour is the best of all possible worlds. Chicago via our underground pedway for an hour, then on the streets in the sun for the second hour. It’s everything you asked for, it’s like having cake and eating it too, it’s like a tax-refund check with fireworks on your birthday.

Chicago highlights we’ll see:

  • The Now Famous Bean – real name, Cloud Gate!
  • The Pritzker Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry and the cool snake-like BP Bridge.
  • Maggie Daley Park, a truly trippy and awesome kids park.

The tour end near The Art Institute on Michigan Ave. We cover a lot of ground and see a lot of the city!

The Binocular Tour

Friday 3:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Start: Chicago Board of Trade
Finish: Daley Plaza – 50 W. Washington

This 90-minute tours is $28 per guest – including your own binoculars to keep.

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The Binoculars Tour will change the way you look at the buildings around you forever. I mean that too. ForEVAH!!! And not just while you’re in the city, but this will change the way you look at buildings at home too. Impress your friends with your architectural knowledge!

We’ll “read” some of Chicago’s best buildings, like the Chicago Board of Trade, the Rookery and the Chicago Temple (it’s a skyscraper church, it is cool and it has some seriously scary and sad ornament on it). Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.

The Disaster! Tour

Thurs 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Start: The Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington
Finish: Clark Street and The Chicago River

These 120-minute tours are $30 per guest.

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What do a dense army captain, an unbalanced boat, and a mess of ghost cows have in common? They’re all included on the award-winning Disaster Tour! Come with me as we talk about Chicago’s greatest disasters (the Chicago fire doesn’t even come close to our biggest disaster in terms of lives lost!) and alternately, some of it’s greatest victories. Sure, it might feel weird to learn about a city this way, but Chicago is strongest when it’s mettle is tested. I have sad disasters, big ones, little ones and just to make sure I don’t lose you completely, I even have some funny ones.

Special Chicago Fire Gift for all Disaster! Tour Guests.

The Early Bird Tour

Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Start: Fairmont Hotel       Finish: Fairmont Hotel

This 90-minute tour is $23 per guest.

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We morning people know that the best time to see anything is before everyone else is even awake. On this lovely tour, we’ll start out by walking to the lake to catch the sunrise or pretty darn close to it. That magic light shines over Chicago’s skyline, it’s so quiet and gorgeous. Then we’ll cross through Maggie Daley Park – Chicago’s newest park.

Fianlly to Millennium Park to see “The Bean” in peace! It’ll smell so fresh and dewey over there, you won’t believe it. On this tour we’ll learn about Chicago architecture and why oh why we love steel so very much. We’ll drink tea and coffee and talk art and Beans and wives of the mayors.

This is such a great and inspiring way to start your morning.

Private Tours of Chicago

Culture, History, or Architecture

If you’re interested in getting off the tourist path and having an original tour experience, then a private tour of Chicago is for you. We’ll go, just us, on our own time and our own pace. If you have only a few hours or a whole day, I’ll put something special together just for you, with your interests and wants in mind. I’ll come meet you at your hotel or meet you while you’re out. This is the ultimate, VIP Chicago experience! Plus, we have a really good time on private tours – it’s really fun for me too.

Recently I did a Printer’s Row Tour for a couple for their one year wedding anniversary because paper is the year one gift. I also did a tour for a corporate group who all worked in the Loop, so we did a “Million Times” Tour – you’ve walked by these buildings a million times, let’s take a closer look!

So, keep in mind we can put something together that is special just for you. Maybe we see the Loop and then head to one of the neighborhoods, or I bring us all some binoculars. Or maybe just the parks? Or more architecture!

Private tours of Chicago are priced for a two-hour tour, tours can be longer on request – keep in mind prices will change. THESE TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Examples of “off menu” private tours:

Gold Coast
Uptown
Andersonville
Lincoln Park
Old Town
Gotham in Chicago
Boystown

Private Tour Rates:

1-4 people – $150.00/group
5-10 people – $250.00/group
10+ people – CALL FOR PRICING

Private walking tours of Chicago (2 hour min) are a great way to get exactly what YOU want. Email me at margaret(at)chicagoelevated.com or call me at 773.593.4873. Fun!