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Chicago Elevated

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Address: 4870 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60640-4106
Phone Number: +1 773-593-4873
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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If you're looking for a Chicago walking tour that is fun, inspiring and...

If you're looking for a Chicago walking tour that is fun, inspiring and inexpensive, you are looking at the right place!

I'm Margaret, 10-year veteran tour guide, comedian and your personal insider to this awesome city. My 20-year improv experience guarantees that you will get a tour that is entertaining, full of awesome stories and info and not your average scripted recitation. I work hard to make sure my facts are spot on and I promise you I've never given the same tour twice, each group has it's own personality. I keep my groups small and my ideas BIG. Check out my site for more tours and let me know if you have any questions about your trip to Chicago! (Oooh, you can do a private tour too! Just ask!)

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Private tour for 4

In planning our first trip to Chicago we wanted to get a private tour so we looked for recommendations online. Margaret at Chicago Elevated came up often so that's who we went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In planning our first trip to Chicago we wanted to get a private tour so we looked for recommendations online. Margaret at Chicago Elevated came up often so that's who we went with. And she did not disappoint!!! She customized a tour for us and showed us so many things we otherwise would never have seen or noticed. She had... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Deb! Thank you for coming on the tour. Not too hot! I hope the rest of your trip in the city was fun. When you come back, let me know, I'll show you something totally different next time! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first Chicago tour, and I'm so glad we went with Chicago Elevated! Margaret makes sure everyone's interests are met, and she's a walking encyclopedia about this awesome city. She clearly loves the place, loves what she does, and makes you love it too! Skip the big groups and guys talking over microphones into the wind, Margaret will... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

D'Arcy! THANK YOU! Thank you so much for this lovely review. Let me know when you come back to the city and we'll do it up, more slides. :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As first time visitors to Chicago we were looking forward to finding some unique tours. We are so glad that we found Margaret and her company Chicago Elevated. We arranged a private tour with Margaret for the morning of July 3. She was great about communicating with us before the tour, and developed a customized version of the “The in... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Matt! It was my pleasure to meet you and Holly. Thank you for coming on the tour and for being so much fun to tour and talk with! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss this walking tour. Margaret may be the most interesting guide I've ever experienced for any tour. She loves what she does. It shows. The Chicago Pedway is a unique "undiscovered" gem in Chicago. Very fun way to spend 90 minutes checking out beautiful buildings and architecture that you would otherwise miss. Highly recommend this to anyone; regardless of... More 

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YAY! Thank you! Thank you for coming on the Pedway Tour, when you come back, let me know and I"ll take you outside next time! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This was our second tour with Chicago Elevated and Margaret continues to impress with her knowledge of Chicago history, architecture, culture and current events of the Windy City. She is most entertaining and has a great presentation style that infects guests with her passion for Chicago; she can tell any story and make it fascinating and relevant. Unlike other excursions,... More 

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Rebecca! You are what made our tour fun. You all are the best and it is I who had a great day. Thank YOU. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My husband and I recently took the Saturday Pedway tour and we can't say enough good things about the fun and educational experience Margaret provided. We lived in the Chicago area for a couple of years and have returned several times to do the "touristy stuff" we didn't do when we lived there. As a result, we thought we knew... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Leslie! Thank you so much for you kind review, it was fun to show you the Pedway, I love showing it to people who were locals most of all! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This is the first tour we have been on in Chicago and after surfing the Internet for some cool ones to attend this one clearly was a big win and didn't let us down. Margaret not only knew Chicago and its secrets like the back of her hand she could have easily been considered a expert Chicago historian as well.... More 

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Tyler! You are the best, thank you for the review and I hope you both had fun in the city afterwards! More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Memorial Day we enjoyed our second tour with Margaret! We experienced new sights accompanied with her extensive knowledge of Chicago. This is an experience not to be missed!!!

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ANNE! What a pleasure, truly, it was all mine. Next time we see something else all together! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Margaret is not only VERY knowledgeable about Chicago, she's also very funny and entertaining along with it. She has very inventive and interesting ways to "see" Chicago, i.e. her binocular tour. Kudos!

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Connie, you are too kind! Thank you!! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Margaret is an enthusiastic guide who is passionate about Chicago, and the Pedway tour was a great start to our visit. We heard interesting facts and trivia that added to our knowledge and enjoyment of this great city.

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YAY! thank you and I love Texas toooo!!! More 

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.