The future has arrived and it's gliding in at a comfortable 6.5 mph. Introducing the Segway, a brand-new transportation device that was publicly released in 2002. Streets, sidewalks, and sidewalk cafes will soon be blessed with the presence of these two-wheel wonders, forever altering human life. Picture this: you need a wide-brimmed western hat to wear to Cowboy Formal 2009: Git Yer Grind On, but your calves hurt from morning calisthenics. Hopeless? Not with a Segway.
The Segway will also revolutionize the sports world. Once football players adopt the Segway, their drastically less violent collisions will become completely unwatchable. The NBA will witness a renaissance of dunkless basketball, prompting Jud Buechler to come out of retirement and dominate the game for the next 27 years. Baseball will remain largely unchanged. The Segway will even impact the medical community. Veterinary medicine will become so incredibly advanced that injured racehorses will be given a second chance to compete.
If this future sounds interesting, or the Segway sounds like something you want to become familiar with in case it turns evil in 2014, then read on to learn how Steve's Segway Tours will teach you how to use the transportation machine of the future.
Today's Groupon gets you a two-hour evening Segway tour for only $39 (a $66 value) with Steve's Segway Tours, located in Grant Park at 350 E. Monroe St. This is an amazing deal if you are interested in doing TripAdvisor's ninth most popular thing to do in Chicago.
Every evening tour starts at 6:30 p.m. with a training session to help you become comfortable on the Segway. You'll be a pro in no time since each Segway is equipped with high-speed microprocessors, solid-state gyroscopes, and powerful electric motors that keep you balanced. After you're ready to go, glide through Grant Park, the Museum Campus, and the lakefront and stop at various locations to learn about the history and architecture of Chicago. A Segway tour is similar to a walking tour, only more efficient, so you'll be able to explore 78% more city.
Not many of us have the money to buy a brand-new Segway i2, which costs around $6,000, so it's a bargain and a chance of a lifetime to get on one for $39. While on a Segway, you can do things a normal person cannot do, such as increase your height to see over everyone or travel at a speedy 6.5 mph without breaking a sweat or moving your legs.
Buy multiple Groupons and invite your friends and family to experience Chicago in a whole different way—on a Segway with Steve's Segway Tours!
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TripAdvisor reviewers are enamored with Steve's Segway Tours, doling out a near-perfect 5.5 owl eyes. Here's what they're saying:
- The tour itself wasn't your run of the mill stay in line and follow directions guided tour. Steve gave us the leeway to have fun with the Segways while enjoying the city. While he always considered safety first, we got to race, off road and even back the Segways up a hill... Steve managed to give me a few facts about the city that I grew up in... If you have the chance to take a Segway tour in Chicago, book with Steve's. From the fun of the Segways to the knowledge of the tour guides it is well worth the money, even for a native Chicagoan who has no need for a tour of their city. – DArthBooBooKitty
- Ellen was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and patient. Great way to hit all of the important parts of the city without spending a couple of days walking. Wonderful views, great service, and a fun time on the segways! – sixrdr
- It was great fun and a excellent way to familiarize [sic] ourselves with the area... Segways are a fun and quick way to get around, other city's should definitely intoduce [sic] them! They look a bit daunting at first but with a little help you quickly learn how to ride them. – JanetMasher
Steve's Segway Tours
For Steve, "tour guide" is more of an identity than a job title. He believes that a guide's enthusiasm and expertise is the most important part of any tour—therefore, he trains each of his staff members personally, teaching them how to inject humor and entertaining stories into their spiels. His strategy is successful enough that many guests remember their guide's charisma just as vividly as the experience of riding a Segway for the first time.
Of course, the Segways themselves aren't an afterthought. Steve employs the i2 model, which makes turning easier because it's controlled by leaning rather than a throttle or a surly donkey tied to your handlebars. Riders take a thorough lesson before they head out on one of several tours. Three-hour tours take them by the lakefront, Museum Campus, and Buckingham Fountain, as well as through Grant Park. There's also an architecture tour, a Haunted Chicago Tour, and an evening fireworks tour during Navy Pier fireworks season. Return customers hoping for a more thrilling ride can schedule a red-key tour—during which guests are allowed to drive the Segway at its top speed—or a competitive scavenger hunt.