Chicago, the third largest US city, is home to a plethora of museums, attractions, and concert halls. While many visitors come to Chicago for the pizza or shopping on the “Mag Mile”, there is more to the Windy City than luxury shopping and world class dining. Chicago, nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, offers as much action and adventure as any destination vacation. If you are planning a visit soon, live on the wild side and try one of these five extreme activities to do in Chicago.
Autobahn Driving Experience
The Autobahn, the German highway system, gained fame for its particular lack of speed restrictions; there is merely only a suggested speed of 130 km (81 mph). As such, driving on the Autobahn is an experience that many people would like to experience but cannot… unless you pay a visit to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois and sign up for the Autobahn Experience. Drive a luxury car, learn the basics of Autobahn driving, and grab ahold of the wheel as you experience life in the fast lane.
Instead of looking up at skyscrapers, try looking down at them. See Chicago through the eyes of a true adventurer and skydive over the city. Skydive Chicago offers tandem dives for first time divers and hosts group events such as birthdays. (If you actually dive on your birthday, you will receive a discount.)
Tall Ship Windy
If heights aren’t your thing, head to the shores and you can find an adventure on the lake. Climb aboard the Tall Ship Windy, a 148-foot schooner. The sailing tours, which last about an hour, are an interactive adventure. Whether you are helping to raise the sails or relay messages, you’ll be sure to find a thrill out on Lake Michigan.
While most people might associate rock climbing with a more rural setting, there is plenty of climbing thrills in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Athletic Club proudly offers some of the country’s best climbing walls with walls ranging up to 65 feet tall and over 75 paths to the top. For more information or to get a one-day climbing pass, explore the Chicago Athletic Club‘s site.
Like rock climbing , kayaking is often associated with raging rivers flowing through mountain valleys, but once again Chicago demonstrates it’s willingness to compete for your adventurous attention. The Chicago River Paddle & Kayak offers several guided canoe and kayak tours. For a particularly unique experience, opt to depart from Chinatown and you will experience the city from a whole new vantage point!