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Chicago Elevated

4870 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60640
+1 773-593-4873
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Ranked #8 of 206 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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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Chicago area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the tour, great unique perspective on the architecture. Margaret was very enthusiastic, knowledgable, and made it great fun and now I find myself "looking up" - really paying attention to the detail and thinking about what it all means , why that detail is there.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Thoughtful, original presentation. Indepth knowledge and careful preparation... mixed with humor and wit .. makes Chicago Elevated's tours among the very best in Chicago.

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Homewood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My sisters and I attended Margaret's walking binoculars tour today and had a great time. All of us are past teachers, and we remarked how Margaret had that "something" that captures your imagination and keeps you interested. The binoculars tour is perfect for anyone who loves the city of Chicago and the stories it has to tell, including the stories... More

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife, two grandchildren, and I completed the Disaster Tour with Margaret. Her animated presentations at each stop on the tour made for a very informative and enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this tour. I grew up in Chicago and I learned several things I had not know prior to this tour.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On our recent trip to Chicago, we made arrangements to meet Margaret who took us on the best 2 hour walking tour we have ever experienced. This was not our first visit to Chicago but she showed us things through our binoculars and shared information that was new and different. We looked around the city with a new found appreciation.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just finished the tour - Sunday, June 15th... Fantastic tour! Margaret, the tour guide, is the bomb-diggity fo sho. She's charismatic, energetic, passionate, funny, happy, generally likable person. To come up with the idea of a disasters tour to begin with takes someone with intelligence and creativity, both of which abound in Margaret's brain and make the tour fascinating, somewhat... More

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Kevin! Thank you so much for the kind words and also, COME ON BACK! Chicago would love to have you!!! More

Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We had a great time on the pedway tour. Our guide, Margaret, was insightful and very comedic which made the time go by so fast. As a Chicagoan, the pedway system has eluded me for quite some time and I actually learned a lot today about how to navigate this unique underground path. In the past I have recommended this... More

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