Exciting Things to Do in Chicago

Top Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Chicago, IL

Exciting Things to Do in Chicago for Thrill Seekers

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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,647 contributions
    If you're a new visitor to Chicago, or have never taken the trip up to the Skydeck, it's a great way to get your bearings in Chicago.
    There's an awesome view of Lake Michigan to you can see exactly how huge it is and great 360 degree views of the entire City.
    Definitely worth visiting.
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • Thomas Pettiti, Esquire on another awesome adventure through downtown Chicago and up 103 floors to dance 🕺 like Michael Jackson while looking down at the entire city! The Ledge was completely amazing and great for everyone! We walked to The Bean afterwards and then stopped for helado break! Highly recommend Expedited Tour!!
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Karen S
    1 contribution
    Had a great time escaping with jewels from the Bank. Almost didn’t make it. Thanks to game master Chris for a great time.
    Written 25 November 2022
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    So you want to attend the Chicago Marathon? We wanted to attend, because my son was running it for the first time and his friend was on his 6th. First, the course is planned out pretty well and it appears that most everything has been thought of. There are port-a-potties everywhere. There is unlimited space for viewing. And, Bank of America has put together a phone app that was extraordinary. Besides giving plenty of information about times to be there and places to be, it has an exceptional tracking section. We were able to monitor their progress throughout. We found that of the four places that we watched, the app was only off by a half of block on just one of those viewing opportunities. So, seven of us started out to find viewing places and the night before we plotted out a course of action, with a "Plan B:" The first thing that is important to realize is that you can not drive through the course, so in order to get to different viewing areas, you have to drive on the surface street on the outskirts of the course. We were advised to use Uber or the "El", but once we started we realized that those two modes weren't going to work well. The thing to remember is that there are a lot of runners, so you have a choice - to sit at one spot and watch tens of thousands of runners go by, or to pick out a couple of spots and work your way around to them, while monitoring the tracking app, to see your specific runners. So, we headed for Addison St. and Broadway Ave., first. We found a spot to park and decided to leave one person with the car. There really is an ebb and flow among the spectators, so what is a crowded spot may not be for long. Our second spot was Adams St. and Ashland Ave., at M.M. 15. At this second spot, we were only able to view my son, as his friend had worked his way ahead. Again, we parked less than a block away and someone stayed with the car. Our 3rd choice was at Canalport and Cermak Rd. At this area, the neighborhood was a bit more desolate,. When we parked the car, we were very close and all of us were able to catch my son, as he went by. This was the one spot that the tracking off was a bit off. The final viewing area was the spectator area at the finish line at Roosevelt Rd. and Michigan Ave. We weren't able to park as close, but most of us did get to see my son as he came past the spectator area. The starting area is not a good spot to see your runner, there are far too many people. - in 2019, a mere 45,786 participants! With our planning, we were able to view my son running at four different spots. My grandkids loved to watch their Dad and uncle and the three of them had different signs that they had made the night before. It was a fun day. And the weather was nice. It never rained, it was not hot and muggy and it was a comfortable day for running. All in all, a lot of fun,
    Written 15 October 2019
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  • Selina S
    Chicago, IL2 contributions
    We did the Heist Escape Room and had so much fun. There were so many unique puzzles that we were all able to contribute. This is a great team building experience and would highly recommend.
    Written 28 October 2021
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  • gemmap81
    Liverpool, UK129 contributions
    Been up to the top of lots of big famous buildings around the world. First to have one of these so had to have a go. Extra charge on top of entrance fee though which makes it a bit overpriced.
    Written 30 December 2019
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  • Mike L
    1 contribution
    Although the show takes place in a small hotel ballroom, Dennis makes you feel as though you are old friends and guests in his home. He provides an engaging, intimate setting of wonder and amazement. The show is true esacpe from reality that's relaxing and will make you happy.
    Written 18 October 2022
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  • wschaplin
    Mission Viejo, California18 contributions
    It was a great venue. We were in a high rise with north lake views. The Canadian pilots were great, a little better than the Blue Angels. Sorry, I’m not Canadian, either.
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • Nathan W
    Newport, Australia339 contributions
    We got free skates via the Hilton, and skated away the evening. The rink was devoid of any pushy or show-off skaters to ruin the night for us hopeless skaters! Beautiful city lights give the rink a great atmosphere.
    Written 19 January 2020
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  • gourmexican
    Bellevue, WA554 contributions
    I've been to several music festivals in the United States including Ultra and Coachella. I have to say that Lolla has its very own traits that make it unique. First of all, I really liked the fact that is it in the city. Getting in and out of the festival is quite easy. In comparison to Coachella (which is in the middle of nowhere) this makes a huge difference at the end of the day. Also, if you are looking to do something after the festival your options are many.

    Another big difference with Coachella comes with drinking being allowed throughout the grounds. Honestly, I loved this and did not see people getting more foolish as a result. People were probably more foolish at Coachella. Getting a beer was easy and I loved the fact that I could walk around with it in the hot weather. They had a craft beer garden where they offered a huge variety of the famous Goose Island brews. We really liked it.

    Moving from one stage to another was easy, as they close an entire street that runs through the center of the entire festival. The grounds are nice, and you have a lot of options for food. Getting something to eat or drink is quick and easy. The restroom situation will be that of any music festival, though I have to say that men urinals helped wait lines move faster. They should put more of those up at these kinds of events, to even be respectful to women and keep the porta potties cleaner for them.

    The artist lineup was amazing. It had a lot of variety from all genres. You cannot guarantee what mood the artists or bands will be in. We've been upset by performances at all festivals but do have to call out that the organization was flawless. Artists coming out on time. Sound being great. Never felt crowded to the point where it got claustrophobic. They allow the right amount of people in.

    One thing that I loved is that they have a program in place where they hand out recycling bags for people to pick-up cans from the grounds. This ensures the grounds are not only kept clean, but also safe. You would see people looking out for those carrying the bags to drop their cans. Great way to keep it clean, safe and recycle. You get some free stuff for doing this. Not only will it make you feel a good citizen, but you will walk out with some memorabilia of your experience.

    They have two ways to get into the festival with lanes for people carrying bags and lanes for those with no bags. This really expedites the entry process. Once in, you can even rent a locker for the 4 days in case you just want to go through the with bag lane once and then leave your stuff (ie. sunblock, drinking bottles, camelbacks) overnight. We really recommend bringing in double-wall cold insulation bottles to keep your drinks cold (whether water, Powerade or beer) as it gets quite hot.

    Getting to the festival walking, taking Uber/Lyft (they have designed drop-off and pick-up lots) or through subway was easy. The city of Chicago does a great job keeping this under control. It would be easier to do a festival in the middle of nowhere, but Lollapalooza met our expectations in and out. Will attend again someday for sure.
    Written 9 October 2018
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  • Natalie K
    Willowbrook, IL32 contributions
    This was my first escape room in person. In the past, I have done a home made escape room and a virtual escape room. We went with a group of campers who really enjoyed the experience. Our room was the dollhouse room and I absolutely loved it. I loved the nostalgic 80s vibes and it was a little creepy with all the dolls without being too scary. We unfortunately did not finish it in time but we were very close! Would highly recommend it. The staff were very friendly!
    Written 20 August 2022
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  • Julio M
    1 contribution
    Level of difficulty was just right. Challenges were fun and engaging. Had a great time. Staff was friendly.
    Written 24 October 2022
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  • aclark6nd
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    This is the third escape room company I've been to. We went with a group of friends, some mildly experienced, some brand new. We all had a great time.

    The game master was incredibly helpful explaining the rules, types of locks, and getting us ready for the room.
    The room itself was high quality. The props and setting really made it feel like the oval office. The puzzles were varied and fun to solve, bringing together everyone's input to get through them all.

    I would definitely return to another room of theirs and would recommend to others.
    Written 16 March 2020
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  • Sarah Horn
    Chicago, IL15 contributions
    Went for my husband's birthday. Fun competing against each other. We had someone who works there show us the basics and kept score for us. They have league's, my husband will most likely be joining one :).
    Written 5 March 2020
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  • Mazzy M
    1 contribution
    John was a great instructor and axe throwing was super fun with him! By the end, my friend and I were pros!
    Written 6 August 2020
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