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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    Classic Lake Tours

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    What's the one thing everyone must do in Chicago? Besides eating pizza, you need to see that breathtaking skyline! Traveling along the great Lake Michigan on a cruise vessel, learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks. You'll enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline, showcasing all the notable skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower. As you progress down the lake, bare witness to the scenic downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain. For those of you looking for a quick trip that makes the ultimate punch, there's nothing better than heading out on the lake and seeing that irresistible skyline.
    Classic Lake Tours

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Take in the breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline from the calm tides of Lake Michigan
    • Photograph the towering buildings like the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower
    • Travel down Lake Michigan, along the city front, and see bustling downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain
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    27 positive reviews
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    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

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    Experiencing the architecture of the Windy City is a breeze (good one eh?) with Shoreline Sightseeing's 90-minute river tour. You'll travel all three branches of the Chicago River and leisurely view of more than 40 of the city's greatest architectural treasures. Knowledgeable guides will walk (or maybe float) you through the history of buildings like the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and more. You'll finish your tour with a spectacular fireworks display by the Navy Pier. Perfect for the architecture or history buff in your family!
    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See the Chicago's architectural landmarks on this relaxing river tour
    • Discover the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building and more than 40 other sites
    • Learn the history of some of the most impressive buildings in the world
    • Cap your tour with a viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
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    27 positive reviews
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    River Architecture Tour (Michigan Ave)

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    What is Chicago's distinguishing feature? Is it the size of its pizza? What about the look of its hot dogs? Nope, it's gotta be the skyline. Bringing Chicago's innovative architectural development to the city's vibrant life, explore Chicago's rich history through its iconic landmarks. All of this will be viewed from the scenic Chicago River. Relax on board a cruise vessel as you observe and relish in the towering skyscrapers like Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and Willis (Sears) Tower. Floating along the river, you'll uncover the tactical details behind each building, learning about the architects and designs that truly distinguish Chicago among the prettiest cities in the world.
    River Architecture Tour (Michigan Ave)

    DuSable Bridge, Chicago

    • Enjoy a historical exploration of Chicago's world-renowned architectural landmarks
    • Travel along the Chicago River, and see buildings like Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower
    • Learn about the city's history in architectural development and innovation
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    6 positive reviews
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    River Architecture Tour (Navy Pier)

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    What is Chicago's distinguishing feature? Is it the size of its pizza? What about the look of its hot dogs? Nope, it's gotta be the skyline. Bringing Chicago's innovative architectural development to the city's vibrant life, explore Chicago's rich history through its iconic landmarks. All of this will be viewed from the scenic Chicago River. Relax on board a cruise vessel as you observe and relish in the towering skyscrapers like Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and Willis (Sears) Tower. Floating along the river, you'll uncover the tactical details behind each building, learning about the architects and designs that truly distinguish Chicago among the prettiest cities in the world.
    River Architecture Tour (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a historical exploration of Chicago's world-renowned architectural landmarks
    • Travel along the Chicago River, and see buildings like Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower
    • Learn about the city's history in architectural development and innovation
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    27 positive reviews
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    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

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    Ready yourself for some explosive fun! This kayaking tour sets off about two miles away from Chicago's Navy Pier, and features a relaxed nighttime paddle that will leave you dazzled ... Particularly when you reach your destination just in time to take in a thunderous fireworks display! You'll be in prime position to take in the show as it lights up the water around you. Afterwards, you'll paddle back along the Chicago River to your starting destination, enjoying the nighttime luminescence of the Chicago's towering architecture on either side. Whether you're a novice who's never set foot in a kayak or an experienced river romper, you'll be touched by the poetic beauty of this introspective journey. Just remember to stow your paddle safely if you're going to clap for the fireworks - it's a long trip back if you have to swim!
    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Embark on an evening kayaking adventure through the heart of Downtown Chicago
    • Arrive at Navy Pier just in time to be in prime position to catch a dazzling fireworks show
    • 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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    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

    182 N Wabash Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance inside a hidden Speakeasy
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    Fireworks Paddle

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    Blow up your previous notions of a fun with an urban escapade for the ages! You'll have the best seats in the city to watch the Navy Pier fireworks show. That's because you'll be sitting in a kayak directly below as blasts of color light up the tranquil waters around you! But half the fun is in getting there and back, as this kayaking escape takes you down the Chicago River at night, with the lights of the buildings rising high on either side. All told, you'll venture six miles on the water, making for a nighttime row you can savor. While some athletic ability is recommended, all skill levels are welcome on this voyage, whether you've ever stepped foot into a kayak or not. Let the thrill of the night ignite your imagination, and add a little spark to your life!
    Fireworks Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a nighttime kayaking adventure below the glittering city via the Chicago River
    • Park your kayak off of Navy Pier and take in a thrilling fireworks show
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel the adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    28 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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    Extreme Tandem Skydiving (18,000 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!
    Extreme Tandem Skydiving (18,000 feet)

    1207 W Gurler Rd, Rochelle

    • Free fall from 18,000 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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    25 positive reviews
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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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