Less prone to explosions, bird collisions, and painful butt-burns, the Segway has edged out the jetpack as the official ride of the 23rd century. Today's Groupon gives you the chance to practice on these leisurely chariots of fire lest the future overtake you at 12.5 miles per hour: for $35, you get your choice of an approximately two- to three-hour Segway tour on the lakefront from Bike and Roll Chicago (up to a $59 value). Trips leave from Bike and Roll Chicago's station in Millennium Park. Bike and Roll closes after November 15 for the winter season, but this Groupon will also be valid between April 1 and May 22, 2011.
Bike and Roll Chicago ups the ante on upright mobility with its daily Segway tours of the lakefront, including the 2.5-hour amazing lakefront tour (up to a $59 value) and the two- to three-hour sunset tour (up to a $59 value). On both tours, guests will receive a brief training session on how to operate the Segway, with a helmet included for cranial cradling. With the necessary knowledge accrued, riders may take off on a guided tour through Grant Park and past Buckingham Fountain, with views of Millennium Park, the Museum Campus, and more, all while enjoying the beauty of Lake Michigan but avoiding the tempting banshee wails of its seductive sirens. As guests glide along the shore, they'll be led by a knowledgeable guide and likely immersed in the active atmosphere that defines the Chicago summer. Roll past people jogging and playing with corroded batteries in the parks as the city's stoic skyline looks on like a wise, old, concrete-and-steel buzzard.
The amazing lakefront tours are available twice daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the sunset tours alight at night, taking off at 7 p.m. for a mystically twilit experience. For out-of-towners, these trips provide a quick and efficient way to spin down the spine of the city's big shoulders without the mess of mass transit. Lifelong Chicago residents, on the other hand, can see their hometown in a whole new way while they continue their search for the gold-plated bones of Daniel Burnham.
Participants must be at least 12 years old and must weigh 100–260 pounds. This ride is not valid for pregnant women.
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With reviews centering from the Millennium Park location, Citysearchers award Bike and Roll Chicago an average of five stars. Three Yahoo! Locals give a 4.5 average, and Yelpers give a four-star average:
- The tour guides are very knowledgable [sic] and train you before you begin your journey. You are able to stop and see many of the magnificent sites in the great city of Chicago. – dariceyee, Citysearch
- This is a great way for locals or tourists to see the city. – NatalieL, Citysearch
- I did the segway [sic] tour last nite [sic] and it was so much fun. The tour guide was great and had a lot to say about the city. – Nati, Yahoo! Local
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.
239 E Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602Get Directions