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Chicago Elevated

4870 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60640
+1 773-593-4873
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Ranked #9 of 209 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Hey! I'm Margaret, tour guide, author and comedian. I'm a life-long Chicagoan and have been a tour guide for seven years. I love my job and my city... more » Owner description: Hey! I'm Margaret, tour guide, author and comedian. I'm a life-long Chicagoan and have been a tour guide for seven years. I love my job and my city and I'm all about showing it off to you. I'm an improviser and comedian, so expect some really hilarious (to me anyway?) impressions. We have a lot of fun on tours, you know, while we're learning. During the winter months I run the Pedway Tour and in May 2014 I will add The Disaster! Tour, the Loop Tour and the Binoculars Tour! I am also available for private tours and group tours! Let's do this. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great tour of Chicago Pedway Tour including the Pedway, Chicago history, people, buildings, etc. Margaret's narrative is fun, interesting and informative. Must do in Chicago.

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Informative history on several well known and lesser known Chicago disasters, delivered with humor but also respect. Margaret did a great job of describing the mostly man-made disasters while we stood in or nearby the actual sites. (I was almost anticipating the El to derail as she described the 1977 crash). I highly recommend this tour to locals and visitors... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited in April and booked the Pedway tour in advance of our trip. Well worth the time and money, you can't fail to feel Margaret's enthusiasm both for the tour and the city of Chicago and as the tour only had the two of us it really did feel special seeing parts of Chicago that we would never have seen... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Margaret is funny yet informative; she provided us with a wealth of information and pointed out numerous interesting things for us to look at through our binoculars. My only and I stress only disappointment was that in the information provided it said, "the tour ends at the Tribune Tower, the grandaddy of ornament..." BUT we stopped before getting to the... More

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Margaret, our charismatic guide, totally made the Binocular Tour a hi-light and a must do in Chicago! We really enjoyed her informative and entertaining walk past historic Chicago buildings. Laughed and learned a lot too! It was like strolling town with a good friend !

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I moved to Chicago less than a month ago for graduate studies and decided to use the last of the summer to do some tours and get to know the city. This tour is worth every penny (and I'm saying that as a student!) You'll be amazed at what you didn't even notice, not just buildings but around the city.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have taken three tours with Chicago Elevated--Pedway, Disaster and Binocular--and have loved them all. If you enjoy history and architecture, and you have a sense of humor, this is the tour company for you. Margaret is a seasoned tour guide and knows her stuff, plus she has a background in stand up, so you are learning and laughing as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I took a friend from out of town on Margaret's binocular tour and it was fantastic! Not only does Margaret bring an energy unlike most tour guides, but she lends her charges nuggets of information that are both fascinating and memorable. I couldn't stop talking about the things I learned during the tour...and I'll never look at my home city... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

I met up with Margaret on a Sunday morning for a private tour. I was in town, alone, for a brief 22 hours and wanted a "friend" to show me what Chicago and The Loop was about. I'm so happy Margaret was my friend! The tour was an awesome stroll through (almost) deserted streets and Chicago's gritty, powerful history; it... More

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My friend & I truly enjoyed Margaret's Binoculars Tour. I've been on many other Chicago tours, usually with dozens (or more) of others and a guide with a well-rehearsed script. Margaret's intimate tour allows for conversation and questions. We discovered many previously unseen architectural details, learned why they were there and what they represented. Sometimes, when Margaret had been unable... More

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