The Windy City has so much to offer visitors, including some of the best public parks and museums in the US. But like many America cities, the distances are often too great to walk if you want to combine a visit to many of the major sights into one day. For example, if you wanted to walk the entire length of Grant Park, from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Museum Campus, you’d be looking at hoofing it around 1.5 miles one way. That’s why there are a number of excellent Segway tours in Chicago that make moving around the city fun and futuristic at the same time.
There are different sides of Chicago waiting to be unlocked. Chicago by night, historic Chicago and of course the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline. We have sifted through all the Segway tours available in Chicago and condensed them into a list of the best three, based on various considerations such as itinerary, duration and the health and safety records. Additionally, all of these tours have generally received excellent reviews from previous guests. Let’s get rolling.
FROM: $75/per person
In many ways, Lake Michigan defines Chicago. Many of the city’s best features can be found along the shoreline, including Grant Park, with its Shedd Aquarium and lakefront promenade. You will travel up to eight miles on your provided Segway over the two-and-a-half-hour tour, taking in some of the best views of the Chicago skyline, the water show at Buckingham Fountain, and the many garden paths criss-crossing the shoreline parks. Like all of Chicago’s Segway tours, the weather is too cold for them to run from October through to March, so be sure to visit during spring, summer or fall to partake. Also common to all of these tours, you’ll be provided with a helmet and a bag on the Segway to store your belongings.
From $71/ per person
Chicago by night is a much different experience to that of the daytime. While many of the major landmarks have closed their doors, with the lights on and the night sky overhead the scale of the city can really be appreciated. Glide through parks and along the edge of Lake Michigan, then pass through the quiet Museum Campus all the way up to the 1km-long Navy Pier, with its pretty Ferris wheel lit up in the dark. Departure time from 910 S Michigan Ave. for this Segway tour is scheduled to coincide with the sunset as much as possible. This and all similar tours include a 30-minute orientation at the start to familiarise guests with their Segway.
From $76/ per person
Since its founding in 1833, The Windy City grew rapidly, and has remained the largest Midwest US city since the late 19th century. As such it is home to some fine historic buildings and a busy, storied past to boot. This tour focusses both on the architectural highlights (Chicago School of Design Buildings along what’s known as the Magnificent Mile) and the monuments (stops like the Lincoln Monument and Chicago Water Tower). In the process you will learn all about the architects and other eminent figures who helped make Chicago the great city it is today. Tours depart from 300 E Monroe St and run twice a week during the warmer months of the year.