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Most guided sightseeing tours pose severe health risks—muscle atrophy, loss of bone density, and blinding rage, to name a few—due to lack of physical activity. You’ve probably suffered one or all of those symptoms while on any of these tours:
- Chicago Segway Tour: Whir around the city without moving your feet. Be just like the Millennium Park cops for a day.
- Chi-Town Saddled-Lion Tour: Anyone standing in your way risks life and limb. Stops include dumpsters and places with high densities of fearful humans.
- Windy City Piggyback Tour: Get on the back of sweaty men and big-for-their-age children. Voted the most dangerous job in the world by I Work on an Oil Rig Magazine.
Fortunately, Bike Chicago circumvents the shortcomings associated with the above non-movement-based city tours (painful side effects, death, etc.). See Chicago’s top attractions with today’s fantastic deal.
Chicago was meant to be seen on a two-wheeled, man-propelled vehicle. With today’s Groupon, $17 gets you a bike tour with Bike Chicago (a $35 value). The tours take two to three hours and are fun and easy. Bike Chicago supplies the bike, a knowing guide, a helmet, and water.
Choose from five different tours:
Presidential Tour (daily, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.): Take a bike ride through Hyde Park and Kenwood to learn all about President Barack Obama’s life in Chicago. You’ll also stop at area museums, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Muhammad Ali’s house, Rockefeller Chapel, and the University of Chicago. Your ticket includes admission to the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Chicago Rivers & Parks (daily, 10:00 a.m.): Learn about the Chicago River, city parks, and Lake Michigan. You’ll cruise past world-famous architecture, along the lakefront, and through Grant Park and Millennium Park.
Friendly Neighborhoods (daily, 2:00 p.m.): Explore the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Lincoln Park. You’ll stop by the Playboy Mansion, Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, and Oz Park, and take a break for Italian ice.
Bikes at Night (Wed. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.): Ride down the Magnificent Mile and through downtown Chicago. You’ll see Millennium Park’s Crown Fountain and Buckingham Fountain’s water and light festival before ending the night on a boat tour to watch the Navy Pier fireworks.
Lakefront (daily, 10:00 a.m.): Bike Chicago’s most popular tour is also kid-friendly. Take your family with you as you ride along the lakefront and through Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, North Avenue Beach, and much more.
All tours depart from the Millennium Cycle Center at 239 E. Randolph St. (across from the AON Center), except for the Presidential Tour, which departs from the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Yelpers have a great time with Bike Chicago, giving it a four-star average:
- “This is one thing you definitely must do in Chicago. This place rents out bikes on very reasonable rates. Its [sic] tons of fun riding along the lakefront on the bikes and there’s acually [sic] lots of trails you can follow as well. Its [sic] really different from walking or driving through the city. And best of all, you get little or no traffic ;)!” – a w.
- “This is THE place to rent a bike in Chicago! They’ve got reasonable rates and there’s so many places to bike around the city!” – Ren H.
- “This is easily the BEST way to explore Chicago. $10 per hour to cruise up and down the lakeshore, enjoying views of both the lake and the city skyline. Driving down Lakeshore Drive simply isn’t as fun.” – Stevey P.
Bike and Roll Chicago
With a fleet of futuristic Segways and classic beach-cruiser bicycles, Bike and Roll Chicago outfits travelers with wheeled transportation to explore the city's paved surfaces. Tour guides lead groups through Millennium Park and along the lakefront to catch the skyline when illuminated by sunrises or backlit by one of Chicago's many moons. Misty Lake Michigan breezes ruffle riders' hair peeking through helmets as they pass by sailboats swaying lazily in the harbors and fishermen casting lines for trout and perch. Bike and Roll Chicago designs routes around classic architectural landmarks such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum as well as popular neighborhoods home to a number of restaurants and art festivals.