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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Stand-up Paddleboard

    What’s up? SUP! That’s stand-up paddleboarding, for you watersports noobs. With paddleboarding, you stand aloft on a wide board that’s not unlike a surfboard, and use a long paddle to power and steer yourself across the water. This invigorating activity is enormously popular for its adventurism, and a great way to get in a little physical activity while still having a great time. During this particular adventure, you’ll be exploring the waters of Lake Michigan off of the coast of Chicago. This scenic venue offers unbroken views of the city skyline, plus all of the other sights and sounds of the offshore waters. Just hold off on any ovations until you’re back ashore. You need to hold on to your paddle.
    Stand-up Paddleboard

    3155 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

    • Use a stand-up paddle board (SUP) to explore the waters of Lake Michigan off of the Chicago coast
    • Enjoy the personalized experience of kayaking without having to expend yourself paddling
    • Check out views of the city while cruising by the many and various vessels floating offshore
    • Fulfill your need for adventure with a fast-moving, adrenaline-fueled trek on the water
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    The Bank: Room Escape

    Diamonds are a thief’s best friend… That’s how the song goes...isn’t it? During this escape room experience, you and a group of friends will try to break into a local bank and steal their stash of diamonds -- all before the alarm goes off! You’ll have to solve riddles, puzzles, and clues, plus complete other tasks in order to find out where the gems are stored -- and break into them! The pressure will be on as you work as a team to pull off the heist. Thieves of the escape room...frost yourself!
    The Bank: Room Escape

    47 W Polk St, Chicago

    • Steal a sizable stash of diamonds from a local bank in this fun escape room
    • Crack into the safe with your gang of thieves in order to get the jewels
    • Bring along your most adventurous friends to see if you have what it takes
    • Test your skills to see if you can solve all of the puzzles before the alarm goes off!
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    2 positive reviews
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    Sunburn (Public Room)

    We know the kid in you always wanted to be Indiana Jones, or maybe up to this day you’re on Linkedin looking for jobs that require treasure hunting skills (that’s a totally legitimate skill, right?). Then this is right up your alley! You’ve finally located the Sun Treasure, but it’s protected in a crystal tomb that is exposed to constant sunlight and therefore the inside of the chamber gets hotter than a rice cooker. The heat protects the treasure as it burns anyone and anything that tries to break into the tomb. Except today, when a rare millennial solar eclipse will block the sun out for an hour, and leaves you exactly sixty minutes to get the treasure before the sun strikes again. Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and keep yourself cool as a cucumber when the heat is on? The sand is running through the hourglass and time is ticking! Will you be able to escape on time, or will you be swallowing the bitter pill of defeat?
    Sunburn (Public Room)

    1601 Sherman Ave, Evanston

    • Lose yourself in this imaginative world as your try to escape with the treasure in hand
    • Have fun with this social exercise as you try to solve the puzzles and clues
    • Escape the room in 60-minutes or face bitter defeat
    • Bond with your partner, colleagues or friends over this fun and interactive activity or join a group of strangers and see how you do
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    Laser Tag for 12-16 missions 3 hrs

    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 3-hour session includes time for approximately 12-16 missions. When it comes to laser games, CMP offers plenty of “pew” for your buck!
    Laser Tag for 12-16 missions 3 hrs

    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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    Mini Bus Tour

    On this tour you'll see Chicago's world renowned architecture and learn about the city's colorful history, including gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger. Drink in the beautiful views of a lake that looks more like an ocean, and a river that now runs backwards! Downtown, you'll see Millennium Park, The Loop, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, The Willis (Sears) Tower and more. Then it's up north, to the fashionable Gold Coast (including the original Playboy Mansion), Lincoln Park, and Wrigley Field (legendary home of baseball's Chicago Cubs since 1916). Of course, you'll stop a few times along the way, so that you can get out, stretch your legs and take some pictures of Chicago's many fantastic sights.
    Mini Bus Tour

    300 East Ohio St, Chicago

    • Explore the sights and sounds of Chicago in style, aboard a climate controlled, large-windowed mini bus
    • You'll see some of Chicago’s most interesting and popular downtown sights and neighborhoods
    • Snap beautiful pictures at the photo-ops along the way
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    6 positive reviews

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