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

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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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    20 positive reviews
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    Laser Tag (6-8 missions)

    (1)
    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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    The Bank: Room Escape

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    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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    20 positive reviews
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    The Bunker: Room Escape

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    Is it chilly in here, or is that just the Cold War? During this escape room experience you and a group of friends will try to stop a warhead launch from detonating -- before it's too late! You'll have to solve riddles, puzzles, and clues, plus complete other tasks, in order to keep the world safe! The pressure will be on as you work as a team to pull off the rescue. Act now and act fast -- the world is depending on you.
    The Bunker: Room Escape

    47 W Polk St, Chicago

    • Save the world from imminent nuclear annihilation in this fun escape room
    • Work with your special ops team to keep a warhead launch sequence from detonating
    • 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 launch sequence detonates!
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    20 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

    (1)
    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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    Stand-up Paddleboard

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    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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    1 positive reviews
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    1950s Nightlife in the Loop Tour

    Ah, the 1950’s. The era of cozy suburban homes, white picket fences, train commuting. Like something out of a John Cheever story. Come find out more about this pivotal era in American history with a thoroughly entertaining tour of Chicago's 1950s nightlife. You'll start out in the theater district, exploring what going out in Chicago meant in the 50s. Then it's off to 2 gems of the Windy City -- the Berghoff, with its quirky history and excellent beer, and the great Palmer House Hotel. You'll hang out in the swanky lobby -- enjoying classic drinks, appetizers, and dessert -- all while learning the fascinating story of the hotel and its role in the city. This tour might just make you wish you had a time machine, so you could STAY in the 50s. At least until the 50s become the 60s… Then you can go back to your iPhones and Kindles.
    1950s Nightlife in the Loop Tour

    16 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Take a tour of some of Chicago’s hippest 1950’s-esque nightlife spots
    • Visit the theater district and learn what constituted “going out” back in the day
    • Walk to the Berghoff and the Palmer House Hotel, two fine Windy City attractions
    • Shmooze in luxury in the lobby of one of the nicest hotels in the country
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    Sunburn (Private 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 will burn 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 it 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 pressure 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 (Private 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 SO, colleagues or friends over this fun and interactive activity
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    By Night Mafia and Blues Tour

    First, you will visit the chilling spot where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre murders took place and talk about the events that "lead" up to it. You'll learn about prohibition and how it still happens today in a different form and see how the music of the slaves known as the Blues became a powerful tool to help grow the Mafia in Chicago. Next you will explore some of the bars and nightlife that now dominates Chicago's north-side and will make a stop at a legendary bar previously owned by Al Capone, a Chicago Landmark. There will be some time to enjoy a drink (not included) and possibly some live music in the spirit of the 1920s. This tour will then end with a short sightseeing drive to enjoy the view of Chicago's skyline at night.
    By Night Mafia and Blues Tour

    Downtown Chicago Hotels, Chicago

    • Get inside tips from a local and expert tour guide
    • The small tour group ensures personal service for you and guests
    • This private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
    • See the sights illuminated at night
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