Bicycles are the ideal mounts for casual city tours, as you never forget how to ride them and griffins always want to go shopping instead. Tone your muscles and see the town with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a bicycle tour for two from Bobby's Bike Hike (a $100 value). Choose between the following tours:
- City Lights at Night tour, which departs at 7 p.m. daily beginning March 1, 2012
- Lakefront Neighborhoods tour, which departs at 1 p.m. daily beginning March 1, 2012
During each Bobby's Bike Hike tour, guides pepper rides with information and light-hearted anecdotes as guests sail safely down bike paths and sidewalks and through parks on cruiser-style bicycles. Once the sun has snuggled into its celestial sleeping bag, mounted fleets on the City Lights at Night tour traverse Chicago's downtown pathways—less populated in the evening hours—to take in the glittering skyline from a variety of bike-able vantage points. At night, multicolored lights dance beneath the waters of Buckingham Fountain, and fireworks explode against the horizon above Navy Pier on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Alternatively, crews of peddlers eschew tourist traps on the Lakefront Neighborhoods tour, instead zipping through parks frequented by locals to see landmarks such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Old Town Historic District, and the spot where Christopher Columbus finally conceded he couldn't reach India via Lake Michigan. Bobby's Bike Hike welcomes riders of all ages on the relaxed, mildly paced tours, though children should be capable of covering the multiple-mile journeys without regular candy-store pit stops.
Bobby's Bike Hike
Inspired by a love of fitness and a passion for travel and tourism kindled within him by his late father, Jeremy Lewno founded Bobby's Bike Hike to create an interactive Chicago biking experience. He named the company after his dad, Bob, an Arkansas bus-tour operator who taught him to focus on service quality over quantity. That advice has clearly paid off, as the business's guided tours have earned a number one ranking for activities to do in Chicago on TripAdvisor and the title of Best Organized Bike Ride from the Chicago Reader in 2010.
During the tours, which include rented bicycles, guides lead groups of about 20 riders past Chicago icons in Millennium Park and on the Museum Campus, or direct them to samples of pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes, and beer in and around Wrigleyville. The crew has designed a Tike Hike tour for kids 10 and younger, a historic Hyde Park tour that pedals past the home of President Barack Obama, and a mansion-studded lakefront tour, during which riders may glimpse Oprah waving or handing out complimentary helicopters at her main residence. Patrons can also rent Schwinn, GT, and Cannondale Comfort bikes, mountain, road, cruisers, and tandem bikes to explore the city on their own.