Holiday Lights Tour
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by segwayXchicago
The first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Chicago took place on Christmas Eve right in the center of Grant Park in 1913. The tree was a Douglas Spruce only about 30 feet tall, but was placed on 40 foot polls in order to make it appear much larger. Other smaller trees were added to fill the tree’s volume out even further. It was decorated with about 500 colored lights and topped with the star of Bethlehem.
The tree was given as a gift to Chicago from an associate of Captain Herman Scheunemann, also known as, “Captain Santa” who was the captain of Rouse Simmons, also known, as the “Christmas tree ship.” The Scheunemann brothers (Herman and August) traded and sold Christmas trees in and around Chicago starting in the late 1800’s. The trees primarily came from Wisconsin, Michigan and Upper Michigan and had to be brought by boat into the major cities. The trees generally sold for 50 cents to a dollar. A lot of the trees were also given away for free to families in need during the Holidays. The brothers sold directly to Chicago residents at dockside by the Clark Street Bridge. On his famous final journey, Herman was making a week long voyage during dangerous weather conditions with over 5,000 Christmas trees on board.
The ship was last spotted on November 23, 1912 by the Kewaunee Life Saving Station low in the water with tattered sails and flag at half mass indicating the ship was in distress. By the time the life saving boats reached the area the Simmons was last seen there was no sign of the ship and it was never seen again. Interestingly enough, a message in a bottle was found from the Simmons near Sheboygan, WI corked with a small piece of cut pine tree. The message read “Friday…everybody goodbye. I guess we are all through. During the night the small boat washed overboard. Leaking bad. Invald and Steve lost too. God help us.” And in case you are wondering, the Christmas tree ship still exists today. It takes the same journey the Rouse Simmons and the Scheunemann brothers did over 100 years ago and arrives at Navy Pier with around 2,000 trees that are all given to families in need.
The tradition was born and continued. In 1956 the largest tree in Chicago history was created with grouping many smaller trees. This creation was lit at the Grant Park tree plaza on Michigan and Congress with over 4,000 lights and 2,000 ornaments. The tree lighting ceremony was moved to the modern day Daley Plaza in 1966 where it continues today. The number of trees continued to grow each year to create a Christmas tree large enough to fill the plaza. In 2008 a record 112 trees were combined to create a 66 foot tall Christmas tree. In 2009 the city decided to go back to old tradition and use one giant tree for the first time since 1955. Today the city of Chicago holds an annual competition where people from all over the state submit their tree to be donated to the city of Chicago and displayed for people from all over the world to see, and of course the winners get to join the mayor to light the tree for the first time at the annual tree lighting ceremony.
If you want to get a glimpse of the 2013 Christmas tree in Chicago break the mold and and start a new tradition by taking in the winter holiday on a Segway. Segway Experience of Chicago is carrying out our traditional Holiday Lights Segway Tour Monday-Sunday at 4pm. This tour is specifically created to showcase the holiday magic Chicago has to offer in a new and exciting way aboard a Segway. Glide through the heart of Chicago with our certified tour captains for an unforgettable holiday experience and see the city like you never have before.
I am a born and raised Chicagoan and never knew how much fun I was missing. I have never been on anything like the Segway's before so I was nervous but within seconds our tour guides Casey and Andrew had us feeling like pros. They gave us a very informative evening along with fun and laughter. I would do it again and again. read more unedited reviews here...
By some stroke of luck my friend and I were the only two people on the Tour. Our guide, Johnathon, was absolutely fantastic. He gave us the full tour even though there were only two of us. I am a lifelong Chicago resident and yet I still learned things and saw things I didn't know. Best seventy bucks I have spent in years!Perry Buckley
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The best. What a blast, including the downpour. Eric was great fun. Already have recommended the journey to many people. Peggy Swartch
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age for taking a tour?
The minimum age to take a Segway tour of Chicago is 12 years old. However, children ages 12-15 must have a signed waiver from a parent and the parent must accompany him or her on the tour. Children ages 16-17 must have a signed waiver by a parent, but can take the tour without a parent supervising.
How much does a Segway tour of Chicago cost?
Tour prices vary based on the day of the week, the season, and the tour you choose. Prices for your preferred time and tour can be found on the tour description and when you book your tour on our ticketing partner, Zerve.
What if it rains the day of my Segway tour?
Segway Personal Transporters are all-weather, so tours run rain or shine. There are NO REFUNDS unless a tour is cancelled by Segway Experience of Chicago. If you have purchased tickets and are unable to make the tour, please contact Segway Experience of Chicago to make special arrangements.