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June 2016 – LOCAL TOURISTS In June we celebrate our fathers, so in the Kucharski house that means dragging dad away from his office to join us on a Mom’s Little Black Book adventure. It’s difficult to get Joe to stop working and have some fun; but, the idea of a Segway Tour peaked his interest enough to play local tourist for the afternoon.

As soon as we arrived, Joe was like a kid in a toy shop. He couldn’t contain his excitement to test the speed and dexterity of the two wheeled machine as he impatiently waited his turn behind his daughters. The girls were equally as excited, and I was thrilled to have found a family activity where no one was rolling their eyes or looking at their watch to return to work!

Joe temporarily thought he was Evil Knievel and tried to push the boundaries of his personal chariot, but thanks to the built-in safety features of the Segway – he was never in danger as each contains a gyroscope allowing the machine to self-balance in response to the rider's movements; thus making it easy enough for grandma and entertaining enough for kids (….or adult children!)

If you are at least 12 years old and at minimum 100 lbs., you can ride a Segway; so, my girls were in independence heaven riding the eight-mile track along the lakefront, past Buckingham Fountain, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and everyone’s favorite – Soldier Field. Jochy, our tour guide, made the experience positively entertaining. He was informative, as well as funny, which was a perfect balance for a husband, who fully appreciates the history of everything, and teenager girls who -- well, don’t!

Absolutely Segway Chicago is open year round. Winter, spring, summer and fall – so that means – any day or any night is the perfect time to be a local tourist! Overview Sightseeing in Chicago on a Segway is fun, unique, and exhilarating. If you can stand, you can ride! These self-balancing machines do the work for you. Explore Chicago by day or night with friendly tour guides and your very own Chicago chariot on two wheels.

Absolutely Segway Chicago 300 East Monroe Street, Chicago (312) 552-5100

Hours: Day and Night Tours Available

Price $: $50 and up; Group Discounts Available

about the writer Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She is married and has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.

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