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Muscatine Journal

Thanks to our friends in Muscatine, IA for posting this beautiful photo of a Segway in the sunset.skyline-blog-picture

This is one of the many amazing views of Chicago that are available on our tours. The Muscatine Journal posted this, and one of our friends found it. We think it’s gorgeous. What do you think?

The Bad Plus is Headlining Jazz Fest

What better theme to Segway too? Think of one. I dare you.

 

The Bad Plus are headlining the Chicago Jazz Festival this year. They wont be doing time-warping covers like We Are the Champions and Karma Police, but they will be performing Ornette Coleman’s masterpiece album, Science Fiction, with guest artists Tim Berne, Ron Miles & Sam Newsome.

They go on at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 8:30pm on Saturday, September 3. We’ll be running Segway tours all weekend, Jazz Segway Tours!

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Pokemon Go!

Set your eggs in your incubators and stretch out your thumbs because we’re gonna be tossing Pokemon balls in Grant Park!

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours has been bit by the Poke bug and like the teeth of a Raticate, we’ve sunk in deep. Soon we will be offering a Pokemon Go specific tour to feed our craving for that catching, evolving, stopping, battling game sensation. The Segway is the perfect tool for an Ash Katchem inspired adventure. They go just slow enough to incubate an egg easily on a two hour tour, but fast enough to hit over 20 Pokestops and 5 Gyms along the beautiful Chicago Lakefront.

Looking to evolve your Poliwag, Shellder, Staryu, or other Water Pokemon? The lakefront is ripe with water-based creatures. I’ve even caught a couple rares like a Dratini.

The Chicago Lakefront is a lush, bio-diverse heaven for the two biggest sensations in the windy city: Segways and Pokemon!

Come catch them all!

It’s Dad’s Day Dude!

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This is my Dad, Joe Stamilio.

He was born in Corning, New York.

He joined the Army and was stationed in Germany.

He went to Indiana University where he met my mom, Nancy.

He lived in Chicago when the Bears won the Superbowl.

Then we moved to New Orleans.

He worked in this building:

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Now he’s retiring.

Congratulations Dad.

Happy Fathers Day to Dads everywhere.

Blues Fest

Here is the secret to the quintessential Chicago experience. It’s a simple recipe that requires all four senses, and the result is total immersion.

Prep Time: 15-30 min
Cook Time: 2-2.5 hours

Ingredients: 
1 Segway Tour (guide included)

2 Chicago Hot Dogs (NO KETCHUP)

1 Chicago Skyline

3 Days of Blues Fest

Directions:
Go to 300 E. Monroe Street on June 10, 11, or 12.

Sign up for a Segway Tour.

Ride to Kim and Carlos Hotdog Stand in the Museum Campus.

Enjoy the sweet tones of Irma Thomas, Eddy Clearwater, and Shemekia Copeland with a hot dog in your hand while on a Segway!

Blues Fest is HERE

Navy Pier Fireworks

Chicago summers are fabulous and free to enjoy—dancing in the Parks, Lollapalooza, concerts at the Pritzker Pavilion, the Air and Water Show, and the list goes on. The best ongoing Summer time entertainment is provided by Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night, fireworks!

It all starts this weekend, and so does our fireworks tour. We have the best SECRET spot to watch the festivities. For only $60, it’s the best Segway deal in town.

Here’s the schedule:

Sat, May 28: 10:15pm
Wed, June 1: 9:30pm
Sat, June 4: 10:15pm
Wed, June 8: 9:30pm
Sat, June 11: 10:15pm
Wed, June 15: 9:30pm
Sat, June 18: 10:15pm
Wed, June 22: 9:30pm
Sat, June 25: 10:15pm
Wed, June 29: 9:30pm
Sat, July 2: 10:15pm
Wed, July 6: 9:30pm
Sat, July 9: 10:15pm
Wed, July 13: 9:30pm
Sat, July 16: 10:15pm
Wed, July 20: 9:30pm
Sat, July 23: 10:15pm
Wed, July 27: 9:30pm
Sat, July 30: 10:15pm
Wed, Aug 3: 9:30pm
Sat, Aug 6: 10:15pm
Wed, Aug 10: 9:30pm
Sat, Aug 13: 10:15pm
Wed, Aug 17: 9:30pm
Sat, Aug 20: 10:15pm
Wed, Aug 24: 9:30pm
Sat, Aug 27: 10:15pm
Wed, Aug 31: 9:30pm
Sat, Sept 3: 10:15pm

NFL Draft is Back in Chicago!

Grant Park hosted the NFL Draft in 2015, and for the first time in its history, the event became a family festival rivaling Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago. With over 200,000 in attendance, the NFL saw the kind of organizational skills that Chicago brings unrivaled by any city in the country.

 

It was no surprise to us at Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours because we utilize Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront all year round. We’ve seen millions gather to celebrate Barak Obama’s election and the Chicago Blackhawk’s trophy. We’ve seen waves of crowds form to watch Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson don their Championship rings, and Pope John Paul II speak. This city and its front lawn are no strangers to this kind of attention.

 

This year, we expect to double the attendance. Weather permitting, there could be half a million people attending the four-day event. Most will be outside in Draft Town which is what the NFL is calling the outdoor festivities. Once again, this will include 32 team tents, a hall of fame museum, and gobs of games, competitions, and races. And inside, the ticket holding attendees and television audiences will be treated to the magnificence of the Auditorium Theatre—a building that defined modern architecture.

 

Absolutely Chicago Segway will be running tours during the whole weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of this wonderful event!

Easter Egg Hunt?

We’re big kids here at Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours, and we love to have a great time playing in great park. If you’ve been on tour with us, you probably have the same feeling. However, I have some bad news for you. The Easter Egg Hunt in Maggie Daley Park is for kids under 6 years old.

Don’t worry, we’ll have Segway tours all weekend long. We’ll be unearthing hidden Easter eggs of wonder all over the Grant Park, Museum Campus, Burnham Park, and beyond! We’ve been having lovely spring weather, and of course, we offer the ultimate outdoor adventure in Grant Park.

So come embrace your inner child, and celebrate this Easter weekend on a Segway.

Chicago native, Merrick Garland, is nominated to the US Supreme Court

President Obama just nominated the Skokie, IL-born D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland to the highest position in the judicial branch of the US Government. If confirmed, the acclaimed judge will give Chicago representation in all three co-equal branches of US Government. He would join President Obama who famously paid homage to the Windy City by giving his 2008 acceptance speech in Grant Park and among others, Puerto Rican-American congressman Luis Gutierrez—one of the United States most prominent Latino lawmakers.

The grandson of Jewish immigrants who escaped persecution and antisemitism to find a better life in America, Garland is like many Chicagoans. The city of big shoulders was built by immigrants from around the world and Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours features many on our tours especially the River Parks and Architecture Tour that begins again in May. From the city’s founder, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, to German expat, Mies Van Der Rohe, obviously, a city established in 1837 will have many contributors from outside the U.S., and even more obviously, we love to show them off!

Garland follows Justice John Paul Stevens, whose family built the Conrad Hilton Hotel featured on our Lakefront/Museum Campus tour, as the most recent nominee for the Supreme Court from Chicago. So come join us at Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours as we celebrate our city’s contribution to American democracy.

Celebrate the One you Love – on a Segway

In the US, we celebrate holidays a little bigger than other countries. For Halloween, we eat candy; for Christmas, we eat cookies; for Easter, we eat candy. We eat a lot of sugar! More importantly, we don’t sweat the details. Nobody spends time looking up the reasoning behind the color green on St. Patrick’s Day. We dye rivers first and ask questions later!

St. Valentine, the patron saint of courtly love, may or may not have given his life to marry four couples around 270 BCE. Claudius II may or may not have beheaded the Bishop for this reason in the 3rd century, but one thing is for certain, the great martyr would have loved to see you on a Segway with the one you love. It’s an expression of true devotion.

Whether you want to honor a Catholic Saint or spite a tyrannical Caesar, at least celebrate the one you love. Segways are perfect for this. They’re quiet because of their efficient electric motor, they’re sleek like a well-fitting tuxedo, and heck, I’ll say it, they’re sexy! Chalky hearts and stuffed bears are passing fancies. Memories can last 1800 years!

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours is open through Presidents Day weekend honoring courtly love on Sunday and George Washington on Monday!