To be considered a historical landmark, buildings must be at least 50 years old and contain at least one Founding Father’s skeleton. Feel history in your bones with this Groupon.
$10 for One Walking Tour Ticket ($20 Value)
Choose from three tours
The Disaster! Tour outlines a history of mayhem both natural and manmade and runs Friday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Redlight Tour revisits the areas that hosted Chicago’s Red Light District at the turn of the century, and runs Thursday and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Riverwalk Tour, which educates guests about architecture as they stroll along the water past Trump Tower and Merchandise Mart, runs Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m.<p>
Chicago Elevated, run by effusive improv veteran Margaret Hicks, leads curious charges on eclectic group, private, and custom tours of the city. Jaunts lead natives and tourists alike through the city’s oft-overlooked nooks and crannies as Hicks’s jovial voice narrates every step, shedding light on secret areas and easily overlooked historic sites. Her pedway tour sojourns into Chicago’s tiled subterranean antecity, where retailers, restaurants, and mole people mingle. Tours explore sites of famous disasters, visit the ghostly red-light district that once stretched below what is now Printer’s Row, and gaze at downtown’s ornate architecture from the riverwalk.
Stationed in Wrigleyville after college, Hicks accrued the healthy sense of humor and comedic timing that pepper each tour at Second City, iO, and other theaters. Though she attempted a move to New York City, Hicks soon discovered she couldn’t stay away from Chicago’s majestic skyline or the skyscrapers’ subtly receding hairlines. A stint in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s docent program, as well as acting as a tour guide for six years, arm her with insider’s knowledge that soon transfers to listeners’ brains.