Explore the Outdoors: 5 Activities to Get You Out of the City

June 29, 2018

It’s summer in Chicago, and you’re a little tired of staying in the city. You want to be out and about, taking in the natural wonders of the world, but don’t know where to start.

Why not start close by? We at Vimbly hear you, and have compiled a list of 5 outdoor activities that will help you explore the outdoors, while not taking you too far away from Windy City.

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    Architecture of the Loop Walking Tour

    Get an in-depth look at Chicago Loop architecture on a walking tour that takes you inside landmark buildings in the design-rich city. Appreciate the interiors of the Marshall Fields Building, Chase Tower, Chicago Cultural Center and more, plus see public art by Chagall and Picasso. Stroll through elegant lobbies, under glittering domes and into the sprawling network of Chicago Pedway tunnels. Your expert guide shares insights about the city's diverse architectural styles and history, bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus. Your tour starts out as you meet your guide at Chase Tower to start your exploration of the Loop's interior architecture. Expect to walk a half mile (0.8 km) during an easy 2-hour walking tour with plenty of stops. Your guide shares expertise in architecture, design, art history and history, and provides participants with iPads that show archival images such as maps, historic photos and documentary video clips. Walk through the Marshall Field's Building, where you'll see famous elements of this iconic edifice, including its beautiful atrium and a Tiffany & Co-designed mosaic ceiling. Ponder the design of the very modern Block 37 complex, situated in the heart of the Loop at a trend-setting location where the city's first skyscrapers and supermarkets were built. See the extensive public plaza, which sits at the geographic center of the Chicago Loop and features Marc Chagall's Four Seasons mural. Admire another famous piece at Daley Plaza: the untitled Chicago Picasso sculpture, which stands 50 feet (15 meters) tall and was the Windy City's first piece of public art. Look at the city through the lens of the Chicago Pedway system -- a network of ground-level concourses, tunnels and bridges that connects buildings throughout Chicago's central business district. Discover how to maneuver through the Pedway and find your way from underneath the downtown. Your tour concludes at the Chicago Cultural Center, a landmark building where you see a magnificent stained glass dome. It was completed in 1897 and originally was Chicago's first central public library. Afterward, say farewell to your guide and make your way to your next destination.
    Architecture of the Loop Walking Tour

    10 S Dearborn St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a guided tour of Chicago's breathtaking architecture
    • Visit the trend-setting Block 37 complex, home of the city's first skyscrapers
    • See the stunning mosaic ceiling of the Marshall Field's building
    • Explore the Pedway system, a network of tunnels and concourses between buildings
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    Laser Tag (6-8 missions)

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    Pew! Pew! Relive your childhood games of imaginary mayhem during an adrenaline-inducing laser game with CMP Tactical Lazer Tag! Rather than cheap plastic gear, CMP uses high-end, realistic-looking simulated weaponry to make you feel like you're really in the thick of things. You can elect to gear up with a SMG, or perhaps use an M4, AK-47, or even a sniper rifle! Better yet, CMP offers incredible arenas to help you get in the spirit of things, which are built out across nine 2-story buildings rife with tricky obstacles and fear-inducing corridors. Games aren't just designed around kill-or-be-killed, but include fun tactical objectives to make you feel like you're inside of a video game, such as taking out bombs or capturing med-boxes. This 1.5-hour session includes time for approximately 6-8 missions. When it comes to laser games, CMP offers plenty of "pew" for your buck!
    Laser Tag (6-8 missions)

    10315 Vans Dr, Frankfort

    • Indulge your whimsical side during a realistic, heart-thumping, lazer tag game
    • Use high-end simulated weaponry such as SMGs, AK-47s, and sniper rifles
    • Find yourself immersed in an incredible arena built out across multi-level buildings
    • Compete to win fun tactical challenges such as capturing objects
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    8 positive reviews
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    Ecological Restoration

    Plants give us clean air all the time. Why not pay them back? Show your love during this ecological restoration event! Lend a helping hand by teaming up with Forest Preserves of Cook County to protect the native plant population. You'll work alongside trained ecologists to remove invasive plant species and have the opportunity to learn how you're helping from an expert. It's also a great chance to meet others interested in environmental protection and volunteerism, and maybe open a few new doors in the process!
    Ecological Restoration

    12545 W 111th Street, Lemont

    • Help protect the native plant population by clearing invasive shrubs
    • Work alongside a trained ecologist and learn about ecological restoration
    • Volunteer to do some good and make some new friends
    • Get some fresh air while working outdoors
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    The "Game Show" Game Show

    Not a room escape, but this experience is still tons of fun! A mash up of your favorite game shows all in one filmed live in downtown Chicago! Wear bedazzled, sparkling vests, spin the Wheel of Fortune Cookie–cross your fingers you don’t land on Tear Tractor!– and complete Spin-It-To-Win-It challenges while enjoying an unforgettable experience! Experience outrageous fun during your next corporate team builder, birthday party, or date night. This televised production delivers a pulse pounding hour of laughter, excitement and epic fun as you battle along side your friends, family and co-workers to rack up points in an attempt to win prizes. A number of our "Spin-It to Win-It" challenges will require contestants to communicate and work together with teammates to collect points. Regardless of how many points you receive and your ranking, all contestants will walk away with a consulary prize that will have your co-workers buzzing around the water cooler Monday morning! The fun can be shared with grandparents, relatives and loved ones around the world, as you invite them tune in on a Smart TV or the internet and watch you perform LIVE on The Game Show Game Show.
    The "Game Show" Game Show

    410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Take part in a live interactive game show experience
    • Wear fun clothes, spin the Wheel of Fortune and play fun games against your friends or family
    • From the company that brings great escape room experiences to Chicago, this game show experience is truly one-of-a-kind!
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    Back to the 90s Escape Room

    The 90s were great. But you know what’s better? A 90s themed escape room! Travel back in time to New Year’s Eve 1999 and help your forgetful cousin find their code to crack the Y2K bug and save humanity! It’s up to you and your team to save humanity by finding the clues, cracking the code, stopping the bug, and returning home before the ball drops and the bug explodes. Are you Y2K Compliant?
    Back to the 90s Escape Room

    408 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Travel back to the 90s in this unique escape room experience
    • Save humanity from the Y2K bug that has people in 1999 afraid of the future
    • Work with your team to solve clues and escape the room in under 60 minutes
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    The Lab: Room Escape

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    A lethal, man-made virus is turning healthy people into bloodthirsty, emotionless, teething zombies. The virus has infected most of the planet and humankind is at the brink of extinction! You and your team are humanity's last hope. You're trapped in a Russian lab where scientists have nearly found a cure. Using your sharp wit and problem-solving skills, your team will need to beat the challenging puzzles to complete the antidote. You'll want to be quick about it though. Hungry zombies are closing in. If you can't solve it in time, you may find yourself staggering around moaning' BRAAAAAAAAAAIIIINNNNSSS?!.
    The Lab: Room Escape

    47 W Polk St, Chicago

    • Save the last of humanity in this exciting interactive theater scenario
    • Use your wit and problem solving skills to find a cure to the zombie virus
    • Race against the clock as the undead close in on you
    • Immerse yourself in this exciting and challenging game
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    42 positive reviews
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    Special Ops Escape Room (E. Iris Dr.

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    As the closest team of agents in the area, your group has been asked to investigate the Ansar market. The market is closed for the evening and is not known to be a criminal hotspot. However, your “routine check” ends up taking a quick turn and suddenly, the fate of the world rests on your shoulders. With no time to send backup, can you rise to the occasion and save the day? The Escape Game is America's #1 escape room experience for everyone from families to coworkers. Our innovative designs and highly trained game guides create unforgettable experiences for adventure seekers around the country. Your goal is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room. While the objective is simple, the game is challenging. Getting through the locked door will require finding clues, solving puzzles, and working together. Perfect for everyone from families to thrill seekers to corporate groups, our intensely energetic games and enthusiastic customer service will turn your hour of game play into a lifelong memory. Book today to see if you can keep cool under pressure and escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes.
    Special Ops Escape Room (E. Iris Dr.

    42 E Ontario Street, Chicago

    • Investigate the criminal activity in the Ansar market
    • Collaborate with your team to decipher clues and solve puzzles to save the day
    • Navigate quickly -- you only have 1 hour
    • Make exciting memories with your friends as you test your teamwork and strategic thinking
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    3 positive reviews
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    Gold Rush Escape Room

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    Clyde Hamilton was a greedy gambler known for making bad bets. Before he went missing, he left behind clues that tell where all of his gold is hidden. Your team was tipped off that the clues are in his old home! Search for these clues, decipher them, and solve puzzles to locate this hiding spot! But move quickly, there's another group who has been tipped off: the mob! And you have 1 hour before you end up like Clyde. The Escape Game is America's #1 escape room experience for everyone from families to coworkers. Our innovative designs and highly trained game guides create unforgettable experiences for adventure seekers around the country. Your goal is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room. While the objective is simple, the game is challenging. Getting through the locked door will require finding clues, solving puzzles, and working together. Perfect for everyone from families to thrill seekers to corporate groups, our intensely energetic games and enthusiastic customer service will turn your hour of game play into a lifelong memory. Book today to see if you can keep cool under pressure and escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes.
    Gold Rush Escape Room

    42 E Ontario Street, Chicago

    • Search for clues to find where greedy gambler Clyde Hamilton hid his gold before he went missing!
    • Collaborate with your team to decipher clues and solve puzzles to pinpoint this hiding spot.
    • Move quickly -- the mob is also on this treasure hunt, so you have 1 hour before you end up like Clyde!
    • Make exciting memories with your friends as you test your teamwork and strategic thinking
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    3 positive reviews
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    Mission: Mars Escape Room

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    You’ve just landed on the red planet for an exploratory mission, but your spacecraft experienced some major damage on the descent. Unfortunately, there is a larger problem at hand: a fatal amount of cosmic radiation is heading towards Mars, which will cause serious damage to the control systems, making it impossible to get back home. You have exactly 60 minutes to repair your ship and launch if you ever want to see Earth again. Godspeed! The Escape Game is America's #1 escape room experience for everyone from families to coworkers. Our innovative designs and highly trained game guides create unforgettable experiences for adventure seekers around the country. Your goal is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room. While the objective is simple, the game is challenging. Getting through the locked door will require finding clues, solving puzzles, and working together. Perfect for everyone from families to thrill seekers to corporate groups, our intensely energetic games and enthusiastic customer service will turn your hour of game play into a lifelong memory. Book today to see if you can keep cool under pressure and escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes.
    Mission: Mars Escape Room

    42 E Ontario Street, Chicago

    • Work as a team to take-off from Mars into safety
    • Rebuild your damaged spacecraft to flee an imminent radiation storm
    • Test your wits and problem solving skills to save the entire spacecraft from harm
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    3 positive reviews
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    Helicopter Tour of Chicago

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    It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's you taking in the city sights on this helicopter tour of Chicago! See famous landmarks such as Grant Park, the John Hancock Building, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Wrigley Field like you've never seen them before. During the ride, enjoy listening to your experienced pilot share his vast knowledge of the city's history and recommended spots to check out. You'll even get to enjoy the most exciting game of tic-tac-toe you've ever played using Chicago's famous grid system. So strap in, buckle up, and get ready for liftoff. Until you've seen Chicago from above, you've only seen half the picture!
    Helicopter Tour of Chicago

    1339 S Wood St, Chicago

    • See Chicago's famous sites as you glide safely above the metropolis in a helicopter
    • Enjoy a bird's-eye view of tourist attractions such as Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and the Adler Planetarium
    • See the city's photogenic architecture on this one-of-a-kind experience
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    12 positive reviews

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