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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    City Tour and River Cruise

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    Experience the Windy City like never before by embarking on this scenic half-day tour where you'll sightsee by land and water. A narrated coach will take you through the city's South Side and you'll see highlights such as Grant Park, the Loop, and the Shedd Aquarium. In the second half of the tour, you'll board a state-of-the-art yacht and cruise along the Chicago River as you enjoy stunning views of the city skyline. You'll see all the best parts of Chicago while traveling in comfort and style!
    City Tour and River Cruise

    17 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Experience the beauty of Chicago from both land and water on this comprehensive half-day tour
    • Discover the history and culture as you visit sites such as Grant Park, the 'front lawn of the city,' and the Adler Planetarium
    • Admire the breathtaking city skyline from the water as you travel on a beautiful streamliner yacht
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    11 positive reviews
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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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    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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    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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    Lakefront/Museum Campus Segway Tour (2.5 hr)

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    This eight-mile lake front Segway tour begins in the confines of Millennium Park, where you'll then travel through fragrant paths and rose gardens of Grant Park. As your stroll continues, pass Buckingham Fountain and sneak generous views of both Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Progressing towards Lake Michigan and the Lakefront, you will witness the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and Adler Planetarium, all the while, an experienced tour guide will relay stories of the city and its history. How quaint? How relaxing? Everyday is a perfect day to uncover this city's beauty.
    Lakefront/Museum Campus Segway Tour (2.5 hr)

    300 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Tour through the city of Chicago on a Segway
    • Glide past floral paths, Buckingham Fountain, and along the beautiful Lakefront
    • Learn the history and stories behind the Windy City
    • Experience Chicago in a fun, new way on this 2.5 hour tour
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    18 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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    Prison Break Escape Room

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    "Innocent until proven guilty." You repeat these words and shake your head as you look at the 4 walls of your prison cell. It's 1955. Wrongfully accused of a crime, you've been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But word is that your cell belonged to Clarence, an inmate who either escaped...or was murdered by the warden. When the warden leaves for a meeting, you will have exactly 1 hour to escape. Will you succeed? Or will you "disappear" like Clarence? 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.
    Prison Break Escape Room

    42 E Ontario Street, Chicago

    • Escape from your prison cell before the warden returns from his meeting!
    • Collaborate with your team to find a previous inmate's journal, which has the secret to making it out alive
    • Move quickly: The warden is never late, and he will be back in 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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    The Heist Escape Room

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    Get ready for an exciting challenge of beating a thief at his own game. A famous piece of artwork has gone missing and it is up to your covert team to recover the invaluable masterpiece. If you succeed in your mission you will become national heroes! If you fail, you will be treated as a common criminal by the authorities. 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 gameplay 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.
    The Heist Escape Room

    42 E Ontario Street, Chicago

    • Sneak into The Curator's private art gallery to recover a stolen painting worth millions!
    • Collaborate with your team to decipher clues and solve puzzles to find the painting
    • Navigate quickly -- you only have 1 hour before he returns!
    • 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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