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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    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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    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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    Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown (PG13)

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    Get ready to wet yourself...Not because you'll be falling into the Chicago River (hopefully) during this kayaking adventure, but because of the terrifying tales that you'll hear along the way. This evening excursion will have you paddling through downtown, where on either side of you dark buildings and notorious legends loom large. Get a unique perspective at the urban environment that crafted by the likes of Johnny Torrio, Jim Colosimo, and Al Capone. You'll also learn about many of the reportedly haunted spots along the way - relics of the city's bloody past. Whether you're first time kayaker, or have some experience, you'll be in good hands thanks to the trained and experienced adventurist that'll serve as your guide. However, if a semi-transparent Al Capone pokes his head out of the water ... paddle faster.
    Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown (PG13)

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Embark on an evening kayaking adventure through the heart of Downtown Chicago
    • Learn about the city's mob-filled past and several supposedly haunted sites along the river
    • Get some light physical exercise while feeding your need for adventure
    • Indulge your sense of adventure without having to leave Chicago
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    3 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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