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Chicago Segway Tour

June 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I saw on Groupon that they were selling discounted rates on Segway tours. I’ve always wanted to ride a Segway, so I called my niece Steph and asked if she’d like to do it with me. This weekend was Steph’s weekend to visit us in Chicago so we went on the Segway tour.

We had to meet up at Foster Avenue Beach on Chicago’s north side. After turning in our Groupon and signing a release, Steph and I had to pick out our helmets.

Nutcase, is right!

While everyone was gathering (we had 8 people in our group), I noticed that all the Segways were plugged in and getting charged up.

One by one we got 5 – 15 minutes of training and instruction on how to use and ride the Segway. Here’s Steph getting her lesson.

Our instructor/guide Chris was very smart about how he taught everyone and very personable. I overheard him saying he’s a basketball coach so I’m sure that helps him be able to relate to people and teach them very quickly.

It took just a few minutes to get a feel for it. Once you were on the Segway for about 15 minutes or a half hour it felt like second nature. Like you just had to think where to go and you’d go.

Steph got the hang of it very quickly.

We rode the Segways south from Foster Avenue Beach.

Soon we arrived at Montrose Beach. The weather was perfect that day. Sunny and not too hot or cold. Probably in the low 80s. The beaches were pretty busy. We got off the Segways, made a bathroom break. There was a stand selling refreshments and some people got a snack or a drink.

Around the bend we came upon a really beautiful view of Chicago’s skyline. Our guide, Chris, had us each take turns getting our photo taken in front of the beautiful view.

In this photo he told us “no hands!”

We went through Montrose Harbor, which was really pretty with all the sailboats docked.

Here’s our guide telling us….. something…

After the harbor we took a pretty much straight shot back up to Foster Beach. I didn’t want the ride to be over, but it was fun to reach some max speed on the Segway. I’m convinced I really need to get a Segway to commute around the city. It was SOO fun!

Here’s a compilation I made of some video clips we made while riding the Segways:

Oh, PS. I just looked up Steph’s previous visits to Chicago. I thought there were more, but this was only her 4th year.

- 2009
- 2008
- 2006

Is it getting dusty in here? !?! :) Must be my allergies acting up!

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Fake Segway

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

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The Loop, Chicago

I saw this in The Loop a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was a police officer on a Segway, but a Segway doesn’t have a 3rd wheel. It’s like a training wheel here or something. The side of the “fake Segway” said “Sheriff.” Sheriff of what, I don’t know.

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Oh, Spring, How You Taunt Me!!!

April 13th, 2003 · 7 Comments


April 13, 2003. Central Park Sheep Meadow.


A lively game of soccer in the Sheep Meadow – the kids vs. the grown-ups. The kids were very excited.


Family having a picnic in the Sheep Meadow.


Saxophone player in The Mall.


“Angel of the Waters” on the fountain in Bethesda Terrace. This fountain is one of the most photographed fountains in the world. The fountain still wasn’t on, but I saw one later on that was on in Bryant Park so I’m hoping this is a sign that soon all of the city fountains will be turned on. Last year because of
the water shortage, none of the fountains were ever turned on.


Canoeing. I want to check out those trails back there in The Ramble the next time I get up to the park.


Canoeing family. Looks like Mom is saving the day. Ducks look on.


The Bow Bridge is one of my favorites in the park.


I decided to walk home from the park, going south on 6th Avenue. I came across this small emblem in the sidewalk near the corner of 46th Street and 6th Avenue. Any idea what it means? I mean, it’s clear what it says, but why would this tiny plate be embedded in the sidewalk of a busy intersection in New York City? There’s got to be a story. .


At 33rd Street I heard this loud bang followed by 2 more bangs just to my left (east). I looked and saw a few people running towards me. For a few scary seconds I feared something really bad was happening. Then everyone realized that a marble section of a building had fallen off. Luckily, no one was right by it when it happened.


On 26th Street I came across the Chelsea Flea Market. Rows and rows of tables set up with things for sale. I’d heard about the market before, but never had been to it or knew exactly where it is.


A little boy plays with toy pistols at the Chelsea Flea Market.


Toy cars at the Chelsea Flea Market.


I took this photo last week in a subway station in Brooklyn. After 99 years of use, the subway token is no longer being sold.

So, do you think that the warm weather is finally here to stay? Today was my first trek up to Central Park this year. I’m sure there will be many more this summer, although it’s not as convenient as when I lived in Hell’s Kitchen. I love to explore the park, stopping periodically to sit and read and people watch. Few better ways to spend a nice afternoon come to mind. After so many dreary days you can’t imagine how great it felt to see a bright blue sky, to have the sun on my face, and to smell the fresh green grass. Oh, and I saw this chick on her cell phone riding a Segway. First time I saw one up close and for real.

On the way back I walked down 6th Avenue instead of taking the subway. It was about 60 blocks. I think that translates into 3 miles. Now, as of today, you can no longer purchase subway tokens. Some of you may think that this and my urban hike are related, but they’re not. I decided to walk because I had an afternoon to waste, was interested in seeing what there was to see, and was feeling guilty about that slice of cake I ate.

When I got back into my neighborhood I stopped off for a slice at Joe’s Pizza and ate it at across the street at Father Demo Square, a place that should be called Joe’s Pizza’s Outdoor Seating Triangle because it’s shaped like a triangle, not a square, and every third person there is eating pizza from Joe’s. This woman was asking me where Greenwich Avenue is. She had a foreign accent, was visibly stressed out, had some bad handwritten maps and instructions, and a map of Manhattan. Every time I said Greenwich and pronounced it correctly (gren-itch) she corrected me with an incorrect pronunciation (green-witch). I was like “Listen, sista, You’re lost, obviously not from here, and depending on me to get you to your destination!” Annoying.

So, anyway, here are a few more photos from Central Park and a couple interesting things I came across on the way home. Hint: Beware of falling objects.

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