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Chicago Elevated

#15 of 159 Tours in Chicago
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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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Such a great & entertaining way to learn about the city's architecture & history. Margaret is a great ambassador for Chicago. I feel sure that she adjusted her route to include... read more

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

Such a great & entertaining way to learn about the city's architecture & history. Margaret is a great ambassador for Chicago. I feel sure that she adjusted her route to include air conditioned buildings on an extremely hot day downtown--we appreciated that! She even offered to assist in any way after the tour was over if we had any additional... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our private, 90-minute tour with Margaret was fabulous! She makes the city come alive with her knowledge, anecdotes, and enthusiasm. At the end of the tour, she encouraged us to text her with any additional questions that might make our stay in Chicago more enjoyable and the one time I did, her reply was quick and helpful. I highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some friends and I had a short time to see Chicago, and we retained a guide from Chicago Elevated. Her name was Margaret, and she was absolutely fantastic. She catered the tour to our interests - theater, architecture, and colorful local lore - and she proved both informative and hilariously entertaining. Her passion for her home city was evident, and... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

This is maybe the most glorious review ever. I want to put this on a t-shirt and walk around with it on forever. Thank you. Thank YOU. More 

Mount Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Margaret's Pedway Tour was great. It was thoroughly enjoyable seeing someone who loves what they do so much. When you realize that she is sharing this experience three times a week, week after week, month after month, year after year, and she can keep the whole experience so fresh and geared just to you, that's pretty special. Thanks Margaret. Keep... More 

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

No, thank YOU, it's because I have such awesome people coming on the Pedway Tour that makes it so much fun! More 

Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to our terrific guide, Margaret, this tour was fun, vivid, and memorable. I'd highly recommend it!

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Yes! Thank you for coming on the tour! More 

Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Margaret made the tour very entertaining and enjoyable. She is very well versed on Chicago history and passionate about the pedway. My favorite part of the tour was her hilarious background story about Marshall Fields (shhhh Macy's) and the cultural center. We took the Saturday tour.

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

I love this, "shhh Macy's" that's just about right on!! Thank you for coming on the Pedway Tour!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Margaret is a real entertainer and great story teller and so the hour and a half tour flew by with lots of interesting stories and despite the disasters a few laughs. Just wish we had met Margaret at the beginning of our time in Chicago A big thank you

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Jo! thank you for coming on the Disaster! Tour! It was a pleasure to meet you both, what brave travelers you are! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Margaret was definitely the most animated and unique tour guide that we've ever had, and we've been on tours all over the world! Learned a lot about the pedway.

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Chicagoelevated, Owner at Chicago Elevated, responded to this review

Shawn! Thank you for the kind review and for coming on the Pedway Tour! Let me know when you come back, maybe I'll take you outside next time! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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 July 11, 2016

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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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.