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

June 29, 2016

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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    Chinatown Food and Culture Tour

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    Come explore all the culinary delights Chinatown has to offer! Whether bubble tea or Cantonese Dim Sum is your preference, you'll tour the area and get a feel for its unique history and culinary cultures. The tour starts with a trip to a dim sum restaurant for traditional Chinese appetizers, and then makes its way to a sampling at a herbal tea store and candy store. On this tour, you will have the ability to make your way through a variety of different stores and restaurants. You'll even get to enjoy an entree featuring the much sought after --and tasty--Beijing Duck! Expect to try foods from such notable places as Triple Crown Restaurant and Lao You Ju Restaurant. Enjoy a food experience that feels like much more than just a tour! The restaurants visited and their arrangement are subject to change. Tea and water are included.
    Chinatown Food and Culture Tour

    2002 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy the traditional culinary experience of a food tour of Chicago's Chinatown
    • Sample everything from appetizers to bubble teas to Beijing Duck
    • Work your way through a myriad of different stores and restaurants
    • Get a true Chinatown experience with a tour that offers and ends with Chinese pastries and desserts
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    1 positive reviews
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    Fireworks Paddle

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    Blow up your previous notions of a fun with an urban escapade for the ages! You'll have the best seats in the city to watch the Navy Pier fireworks show. That's because you'll be sitting in a kayak directly below as blasts of color light up the tranquil waters around you! But half the fun is in getting there and back, as this kayaking escape takes you down the Chicago River at night, with the lights of the buildings rising high on either side. All told, you'll venture six miles on the water, making for a nighttime row you can savor. While some athletic ability is recommended, all skill levels are welcome on this voyage, whether you've ever stepped foot into a kayak or not. Let the thrill of the night ignite your imagination, and add a little spark to your life!
    Fireworks Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a nighttime kayaking adventure below the glittering city via the Chicago River
    • Park your kayak off of Navy Pier and take in a thrilling fireworks show
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel the adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    27 positive reviews
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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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    Art and Architecture Segway Tour

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    Witness great views of Chicago architecture, statues, fountains, world class museums, outdoor art installations, and the parks that grace the lakefront on this fun and informative Chicago Architecture tour. It's like a dream come true, right? On this tour, experience Chicago's most famous sculptures and be captivated by stories of the architects and buildings that made this skyline famous. Passing Millennium Park, Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Buckingham Fountain, your guide will tell engage you with the extensive and exciting history of Chicago's architecture. Your guide will dive into "Chicago School," neoclassical, art deco, modern, and postmodern styles as you pass by famous buildings. You inner architect is already giggling with excitement.
    Art and Architecture Segway Tour

    238 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Tour through Chicago's architectural marvels on the comfort of a Segway
    • Glide past Chicago's famous sculptures and beautiful skyline
    • Learn about the "Chicago School,"neoclassical, art deco, modern, and postmodern architecture styles
    • Experience Chicago's architecture in a fun and exciting way while taking in gorgeous views of this beautiful city
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    18 positive reviews
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    Chicago Fireworks Segway Tour

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    Chicago's skyline comes alive at night, and a Segway tour is the perfect way to see it. You will get an orientation session that will teach you all the Segway safety techniques. Once you are ready to take the streets, your guide will help you explore fun areas of Chicago as the sun is setting. You will focus on parks to get the full Segway experience, but you will still get a chance to see the Adler Planetarium, the oldest one in the Western Hemisphere; Soldier Field, the current home of the Chicago Bears; Grant Park, the "front yard" of Chicago and much more. End the night with an amazing fireworks display that will end your night with a bang.
    Chicago Fireworks Segway Tour

    910 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Explore Chicago on a fun evening Segway tour that ends with a bang
    • Visit spellbinding museums and attractions like The Field Museum and Millenium Park
    • Hear new facts and stories about the history of the city from your expert guides
    • Take a tour perfect for newbies and locals who love Chicago
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    18 positive reviews
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    Chicago Walking History Tour (Summer)

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    Did you know Chicago used to be a massive swampland that merely intersected the Chicago River and Lake Michigan? Nothing existed, and back then, you'd never guess a skyscraper could stand on such land. Well, today's quite different. This walking tour dives into Chicago's history from stormy swamp to alpha city. As you travel through the streets, listen to the entertaining guides describe the various events that shaped Chicago into one of the prettiest and most successful cities in the world. Visit architectural masterpieces and iconic portraits that distinguish Chicago as one of the best.
    Chicago Walking History Tour (Summer)

    111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Uncover Chicago's eclectic history, ranging from mobsters to politicians, to the Fort Dearborn Massacre
    • Sit and relax while you listen to great storytelling and see the spectacular sights
    • Learn about Chicago's fascinating characters including mobsters, architects, and millionaires
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    24 positive reviews
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    Special Ops Escape Room

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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

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    River Walk Sightseeing Tour (Summer)

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    Reflecting the beauty of Chicago's skyscrapers, the River Walk provides a relaxing alternative to traversing the bustling city streets. Lush greenery, cafes, and cozy seats adorn the riverside. On this tour, enjoy entertaining stories as you trot along river Confluence, Arcade Civic, and Market districts. Discover fantastic views of the city's iconic skyline, visiting historic locales like Wrigley, Aqua, and Trump Tower. In a matter of hours, you'll walk Chicago's past, present, and future, while reveling in the stories of the city's most colorful characters. Now, that's something truly unique.
    River Walk Sightseeing Tour (Summer)

    111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Relax in the sun or shade along the Chicago River, hearing about the incredible buildings and the people who built them
    • Take in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline
    • Hear about Chicago's fascinating characters like William Wrigley Jr., Al Capone, and Helmut Jahn
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    24 positive reviews
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    Lake Paddling (North Avenue Beach)

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    Chicago life has its conveniences. Deep dish pizza, for one. But let's face it: concrete gets tiresome. So how about leaving the city behind for a spell during this kayak paddle along the shore of the Lake! You'll start off the trip with an introduction to the basics of paddling, so even if you have zero experience manning a kayak, you'll be able to take part in this rousing open-water exploration. Out on the Lake, you'll be treated to perfect views of the urban skyline, attaining an appreciation for its immense scope. In addition to this eye-opening perspective, you'll be getting a light upper body workout, and introducing yourself to what very well might be a lifelong hobby! Besides, doesn't absence makes the heart grow fonder? That's gonna be some really delicious pizza when you get back!
    Lake Paddling (North Avenue Beach)

    1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

    • Escape the city and embark on an open water kayak exploration of Lake Michigan
    • Enjoy water-level views of Chicago from afar that will alter your perspective of the city
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Allow an energizing adventure to consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    8 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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    1 positive reviews

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