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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    Haunted History Tour

    Boo! Scared? No? Oh. How about a ghost tour? But, wait, this isn't just another run-of-the-mill ghost tour your family dragged you through. Explore the exciting thrills that mix ghosts with gangsters, and more! It’s like Mario Puzo meets Ghostbusters, but in Chicago! Experience the strangeness and haunted history first-hand on a tour that does so much more than just drive past spooky places. See them up close and personal for an experience in the Windy City guaranteed to send chills up your spine. Scared now? You should be.
    Haunted History Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • See some of the scariest and spookiest sites in Chicago with a tour that gets up close and personal
    • Learn the history and background that make these locations so seductively sinister
    • Take a ghost tour that has access to unique places and all-around strangeness
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    15 positive reviews
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    The Prison: Room Escape

    Contain yourself. You’re about to be contained. Stuck in a fictional prison for a fictional crime you’re pretending you didn’t commit, the choice is clear: bust out or spend the rest of your fictional life locked behind imaginary bars. It may all be a game, but the suspense and sense of urgency are all too real in this gripping escape-room event. It’s you against a maximum-security prison. Using the cover of a tumultuous riot, you’ve got to scour your surroundings, build your plan of escape, and put it into effect. But as any film buff knows, busting out of the Big House is rarely a one-brain deal. Assemble your smartest friends to play along with you and up your odds of success! But work fast, because you’ve only got sixty minutes before the riots are quelled. Beat the clock, or do the time!
    The Prison: Room Escape

    47 W Polk St, Chicago

    • Immerse yourself in an escape-room game based on a daring prison escape
    • See how far your observational and critical-thinking skills will take you
    • Bring your friends to increase your odds of busting out before your 60 minutes are up
    • Spark your imagination and thrill your inner child with a nail-biting escape from reality
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    2 positive reviews
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    Laser Tag (6-8 missions)

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Helicopter Tour of Chicago

    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago's entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    14 positive reviews
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    The Railcar Escape game

    It was just another normal day in the city. You rub the sleep out of your eyes as you struggle onto the train. Ugh, Mondays. All of the sudden -- the lights cut out and the train comes to a screeching halt! A screen flickers to life and a face appears. A crazed hacker has commandeered your train and has programed it to slam into the center of Chicago! You and your team members will have to use your wits to avert this catastrophe and save your own lives. You have 60 minutes to outsmart the hacker or you’ll be blown to bits and the city of Chicago will be left with a gaping wound that may never heal. Good luck!.
    The Railcar Escape game

    1579 N Milwaukee Ave #350, Chicago

    • Prevent your train from hurtling into the center of Chicago killing all the passengers and innocent civilians in the process
    • You and your fellow passengers will have to work together to thwart an evil hackers plans
    • Use your brains and your creativity to find clues and solve puzzles
    • Immerse yourself in an exciting adventure and beat the hacker before your time runs out
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    2 positive reviews
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    Earn Your Wings (Rosemont)

    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to… well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here’s your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You’ll float inside iFLY’s 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you’ll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (Rosemont)

    5520 Park Pl, Rosemont

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner’s package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY Chicago’s 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars and Food

    Take a walk back in time to explore the 1893 World’s Fair! You’ll spend three hours delving into the history of the fair alongside a knowledgeable host and visit notable sites tied to the renowned event. Highlights include a hotel built specifically for the fair, the Auditorium Building’s magnificently expansive lobby, a ride on an elevator manned by a human operator, the last standing pre-Chicago Fire building, and the Chicago Athletic Hotel, which once served as an exclusive men’s club. Enjoy anecdotes, fun facts, and engage in in World's Fair history through clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts with a chance to win prizes! You’ll also enjoy enough food samples to amount to a light meal, highlighted by a visit to the Berghoff Restaurant. At check-in, you will have the option of adding either a water, beer or glass of wine to the package. It’s fair to say that this innovative Chicago tour is going to be a world of fun!
    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars and Food

    520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Explore the history of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a knowledgeable guide
    • Hear stories and fun facts while playing clue-based games with a chance to win prizes
    • Enjoy enough food samples for a light meal and add a beer or glass of wine to the package
    • Get to know Chicago’s history with an innovate and educational touring experience
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    Trapped in A Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry

    Calling all Walking Dead fanatics! It's time to put your zombie apocalypse skills to the ultimate test. Dare to attempt this Room Escape Adventure, a real time, interactive theater production that places you right in the center of all the action. Trapped inside a room with a team of 12, you must rely on your wits, your teammates, and your ability to communicate with each other to discover all the clues scattered throughout the room and use them to escape. Better work quickly though, as you only have 60 minutes to escape...or else. Or else what? Or else the zombie gets you. Bring your A-game, as the zombie’s chain is loosened a foot every five minutes. Your pride isn't the only thing on the line here...better hustle!
    Trapped in A Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry

    408 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Use your wits, gather clues, and solve puzzles to escape a locked room in 60 minutes or less
    • Feel the adrenaline as if you were in Fear Factor, Survivor, or The Amazing Race
    • Create amazing memories and strengthen your communication and team-working skills
    • Learn practical skills to survive a zombie apocalypse, should one ever happen (you can NEVER be too safe)
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    31 positive reviews
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    Amazing Local Flavors of Chicago Food Tour

    Pig out, chow down, or buy yourself a first-class ticket to Nom Nom Town -- however you want to phrase it, there’s no doubt about it: You’re gonna be eating well during this one. The Amazing Local Flavors Tour combines the beauty and history of Chicago’s Gold Coast, with fabulous unique local eats along the Magnificent Mile. You’ll stop for 5-6 different food tastings. Potential stops could be at Pizano’s Pizza, Drake Hotel, L’Appetito, Downtown Dogs, Billy Goat Tavern Grill, and Fanny Mae. Make sure you come hungry!
    Amazing Local Flavors of Chicago Food Tour

    864 N State St, Chicago

    • Tour Chicago’s Gold Coast and Magnificent Mile, stopping at delicious local eateries along the way
    • Learn about the culture and history of the neighborhoods you pass through
    • Stop at Pizano’s Pizza for a deep dish slice, or Billy Goat Tavern Grill for one of their famous cheeseburgers
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