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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    Chicago Skyline Cruise

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    Sailboat, water, skyline: that sounds like a recipe for the perfect day of relaxation. See Chicago's skyline the way it was meant to be seen from the water. On this beautiful tour of Chicago, hop on a sailboat to kick back and forget about all worries. You'll tour Lake Michigan as you enjoy the gorgeous skyline in front of you. This optimal vantage point is truly one of the most unique and best ways to see the city. So, whether you're a tourist or a local, sit back, relax, and experience Chicago in a new light.
    Chicago Skyline Cruise

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy Chicago's beautiful skyline from a unique vantage point
    • Take a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan on a sailboat
    • Relax with the wind at your back and gentle waves rocking you back and forth
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    14 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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    2 positive reviews
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    Trapped in A Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry

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    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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    33 positive reviews
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    Real Pirates of Lake Michigan Tour

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    Ahoy! Hoist the anchors. You're about to set off on an adventure unlike any other. On this tour, learn all about the mischievous pirates that once roamed the great inland seas of Lake Michigan. You'll gain insight about the epic battles that took place, as well as the trickery and treasures that made up such a big part of the pirate world. The real question is, are there any sunken ships with treasure at the bottom of the lake? There's only one way to find out!
    Real Pirates of Lake Michigan Tour

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy real stories about pirates of the inland seas
    • Hear about epic battles that took place right on Lake Michigan
    • Learn about the trickery and treasures that were commonplace in the pirate world
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    14 positive reviews
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    The Prison: Room Escape

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    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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    23 positive reviews
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    Sunset Dinner Cruise

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    What does a night out in Chicago need? Dinner? Dancing? Maybe a glimpse of the city's charm and beauty? Have it all on this Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise. Aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on Lake Michigan, you'll encounter attractions such as Navy Pier and Soldier Field as you dine on a lavish, all-you-can-eat buffet! See spectacular views of the city skyline, while being entertained by a singing ship staff and a live DJ spinning your favorite songs. The sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet is complete with everything to keep your stomach satisfied. As you enjoy your meal in the elegant setting of the ship's dining room, you'll be entertained by the colorful characters of the ship's cabaret. Let the city enchant you with a wonderful night out!
    Sunset Dinner Cruise

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See spectacular views of the Chicago skyline aboard a luxury cruise on Lake Michigan
    • Encounter attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field
    • Be treated to a sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with a carving station
    • Enjoy the entertainment of a live DJ
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    18 positive reviews
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    Trapped in a Room with A Zombie

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    So you think you're smarter than a brain-dead zombie? Well, here's your ultimate chance to prove it. You'll enjoy this Room Escape Adventure, a live interactive theater production/team building activity, 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 in order to escape in 60 minutes or less, 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... And he's hungry for one thing only: BRAAAAAIIINS.
    Trapped in a Room with A Zombie

    408 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Prepare for interactive theater at its finest! Use your wits to gather clues and solve puzzles in order to escape a locked room in 60 minutes or less
    • Get a taste of what it would be like to be on reality TV shows likes Fear Factor, Minute To Win It, Survivor & The Amazing Race
    • Create amazing memories and strengthen your communication and team-working skills
    • Practice survival techniques for the zombie apocalypse
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    33 positive reviews
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    Private Tea Tasting

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    Ready to up your hoight? Remember -- You can't spell "Tsk-tsk" without a tea (or two). Take this private tea tasting to expand your knowledge of the healthier caffeine. You'll explore the large assortment of artisan teas in a one-on-one session with a knowledgeable staff. Alone or with friends, you'll learn all about tea, and get to try its finest varieties. The establishment offers 100+ different teas from all the major tea-growing regions, and you get to select and try all that piques your interest. Experience the beguiling variety of aromas and flavors in the company of our knowledgeable Tea Guides. You're sure to enjoy the journey! Now, repeat after me: "The rain, in Spain... falls mainly on the plain."
    Private Tea Tasting

    E Ontario & N State St, Chicago

    • Explore a large assortment of artisan teas in a 1-on-1 session with a knowledgeable staff
    • Learn all about tea, and try its finest varieties -- fun for groups or solo enthusiasts!
    • Discover a complicated history via flavor
    • Taste varieties until you find your favorite teas for energizing, healing and for calming down
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    2 positive reviews
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    Earn Your Wings in Naperville

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    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 in Naperville

    1752 Freedom Dr, Naperville

    • 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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    9 positive reviews
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    Tandem Skydiving (9,000 feet)

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    Act on your bucket list and go skydiving. Seriously, the opportunity's directly in front of you! Whether your goal is to become a certified skydiver or simply overcome a fear of heights, you can arrive and dive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with a brief orientation before taking to the skies. From there, you'll aboard an aircraft to 9,000 feet and free fall for approximately one minute on a tandem skydive. Falling. Falling. Pull the parachute and float to safety. Get your knees in the breeze and experience the ultimate thrill of skydiving!
    Tandem Skydiving (9,000 feet)

    1207 W Gurler Rd, Rochelle

    • Free fall from 9,000 feet in the air with a licensed and experienced instructor
    • Learn the fundamentals of skydiving, safety, and preparing for landing
    • Experience the knees in the breeze of this ultimate thrill
    • Optional video and multimedia packages are available to share your experience
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    24 positive reviews

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