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Adventure outside of Chicago exists in many different forms.  Use the filters to narrow down your interests, and find out more about where your next adventure awaits!

 

 

 

Autobahn Country Club

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your own car or one of their fleet’s from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Autobahn Country Club’s driving experiences are perfect for first time or returning drivers. There are 5 different individual programs to choose from to fit your needs from advanced driving school, teen defensive driving, adult driver safety, to racing school. A variety ...

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Axe Factor Throwing

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Axe Factor Throwing is the Midwest’s premier indoor urban axe throwing destination. The experienced “Axeperts” will show you how to throw axes as well as make sure that you have an axe-ellent time doing it. At Axe Factor Throwing you can walk-in at any time. Their lanes can fit up to 12 people and they will do their best to keep your group together. You can go to axefactorthrowing.com to book a lane, but walk-ins are also welcome. The age limit is 13 years of age or older and ...

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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Family Adventures
Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes freshly picked produce, bakery, livestock farm and local craft shows. Kids of all ages will enjoy the tunnels of fun, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, peddle carts and the corn maze. If you are looking for the best apple cider donuts in the Chicagoland area, than look no further than Boggio’s Orchard and Produce. Boggio’s is also the place to be for picking your own apples and ...

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Bolingbrook Golf Club

Golf
Bolingbrook Golf Club is the ideal place for your next golf event whether it be for your charity, corporation or just a day out on the links with your friends. This 18-hole championship course is challenging enough for the experienced golfer, yet fair to beginning players. The course offers elevated tees, rolling fairways and 7 lakes and measures at 4,931 yards to 7,104 yards from 5 sets of tees. The Bolingbrook Golf Club features a true island green par-3 and 600 yard par-5 ...

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Boughton Ridge Golf Course

Golf
Boughton Ridge Golf Course in Bolingbrook is situated on 45 beautiful acres. This beautiful 9-hole, 2,205 yard course features contoured fairways and water on 7 holes. There are 21 sand traps that await you throughout the course and provide plenty of challenge to even the most experienced players. The fairways offer lush turf that reward well-played shots. The Boughton Ridge Golf Course is a pleasurable experience for golfers of any skill level. Enjoy a post-round meal or drink ...

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Bowlero

Family Adventures
Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chicagoland area. Bowlero is immersive entertainment at its best-the kind of interactive fun that lets you forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. This retro-cool venue will district you from hustle and bustle of everyday life. Bowl on blacklight lanes, hit up the interactive arcade or enter in a laser tag battle all under one roof. There’s plenty of memories to create Bowlero ...

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Chicagoland Speedway

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Located just three miles south of I-80 on historic Route 66 and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway are two of the United States premier auto-racing facilities. Chicagoland Speedway annually hosts all of three NASCAR's premier series on its 1.5-mile tri-oval. Across the street, Route 66 Raceway hosts over 40 events every season including the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Team Demolition Derby, Monster Trucks, and many other drag racing ...

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Columbia Woods (Forest Preserve District of Cook County)

Hiking
Columbia Woods offers a relaxing place to fish and enjoy a picnic. Columbia Woods is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and ideally situated along the Des Plaines River in Willow Springs. The forest preserve is also home to biking trails and a launching pad for canoeing in the Des Plaines River. A host for the event, “A River Thru History," which is held each September and takes you back 200 years into Chicago’s past with a festive gathering of fur trappers, ...

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DNA Athletics

Events & Festivals
Eclectic footwear and apparel store catering to a wide range of thrill-seekers. At DNA, they pride ourselves in being a store that is inclusive to all, no matter your goals, ability, or athletics background. If you lead an active lifestyle, you depend on your shoes and gear to perform under pressure. Our shoes, clothing, and accessories are top of the line – made to last by the world's leading manufacturers. Whether you are a runner, walker, or outdoor explorer, ...

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Dollinger Family Farm

Seasonal
Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after all. In the early years, the farm served as a place to rest the mules pulling barges down the I&M Canal. Today, the farm comes alive in the fall with pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, train rides, farm animals and fall fun for the entire family. Grandma Dollinger's homemade fudge has officially been claimed as one of Chicago's Best Fudge. This little part of the world is full of ...

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Gebhard Woods State Park

Hiking
Gebhard Woods is a picturesque park that is bordered on the south by the I&M Canal and to the north by Nettle Creek, which gently flows along the perimeter and through the park. What makes the 30-acre park one of Illinois’ most popular state parks, is the hikers, campers, picnickers and canoeists who frequent Gebhard Woods State Park regularly. Fishing, boating and bird watching are also popular activities at Gebhard Woods. The Shabbona Trail goes through Channahon State Park ...

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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

Family Adventures
The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center. Haunted Trails specializes in family fun, birthday parties, group celebrations, company picnics and events for all ages. Fun amenities include two award winning 18-hole mini-golf courses, two go-kart tracks, plus a junior go-kart track for the little ones, laser tag, batting cages and amusement rides. The Monster’s Tomb Game Room is the place for game lovers to congregate, as ...

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HellsGate Haunted House

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Voted the Scariest in Illinois and #11 Scariest in the Nation, HellsGate Haunted House is the Chicagoland area premier haunted house. Hidden deep in the woods, HellsGate is a multi-level mansion filled with secret passages, giant slides, ghastly secrets, undead abominations, really nervous groundskeepers and a darkness that the gate can no longer contain! This is not just a haunted house, it’s an adventure! This Halloween season, don’t just go to any haunted house, go on an adventure! And, ...

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Family Adventures
The Heritage Harbor Marina offers 32 acres of nearly 8-foot deep harbor, boasts a harbor opening width of 200 feet and hosts 152 boat slips ranging between 35 and 60 feet. Watercraft rentals are also available for you to explore the water at your own pace with options like pontoons, electric boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards.

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Heritage Quarries Recreation Area

Biking
Lemont owes its existence to the Illinois and Michigan Canal (I&M). Digging of the canal began in 1836 and finished in 1848, and represented a revolution in the transportation of goods and people and set Chicago on its path to becoming a great American city. Today, visitors can enjoy a day at the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (HQRA). Whether you're walking, running, biking, boating, or fishing, the paths along the I&M Canal and quarries is your location for recreation. ...

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Hollywood Casino Joliet

Other
The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exciting action on over 1,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, and tables. There is non-stop action on the 50,000 square foot gaming floor; that includes a fantastic selection of table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette. Several dining options are available from the fine dining of a steak house, the plethora of flavors on the buffet, to the casual beer and ...

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I&M Canal

Biking
In Illinois, the I&M Canal runs 96 miles from the Chicago River in Bridgeport, Chicago to the Illinois River at LaSalle-Peru. Along the banks of the I&M Canal are numerous state parks, restored historical sites, and abundance of wildlife and distinctive landscapes, ranging from bluffs to rolling hills. If you follow the I&M Canal State Trail starting at Rockdale along the old towpath to LaSalle, you will experience 61.5 miles of breathtaking views of the canal, Des Plaines and ...

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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Bird Watching
This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a great view of Starved Rock. View Starved Rock Lock & Dam and enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House, while you learn about Illinois River's unique history and watch wildlife. History detectives can discover displays about early users of the Illinois River, the I&M Canal and how water transportation transformed the United States. Throughout the summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

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Kayak Morris

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Kayak Morris provides kayak and canoe tours on the Illinois River, Mazon River and I&M Canal. Kayak Morris is less than 1 hour from Chicago, kayak tours last approximately 2 hours. Tours are kept small in size to maintain comfort and pacing. Each tour makes stops along the way to enjoy nature and to take a rest. If you are an experienced kayaker or canoer, it is recommended you try a specialty kayak or canoe tour. Reconnect with your family or friends on a kayak or canoe tour ...

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LaSalle-Peru KOA

Camping
Life’s simple pleasures like Saturday night campfires, the sounds of nature, or hayrides abound at the LaSalle – Peru KOA. Bring your hiking shows as the campground is situated just 5 miles south of the deep canyons and towering moss-covered bluffs of Starved Rock State Park. Enjoy the tranquility of nature and canyons with splashing waterfalls as you hike along marked trails. With easy access from I-39 and I-80, the LaSalle – Peru KOA is a great country retreat.

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Lemont Quarryman Challenge (5k and 10-miler)

Events & Festivals
https://quarrymanchallenge.com/

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Lockport Township Park District

Golf
The Lockport Township Park District provides park areas and recreation programs in order to enrich the quality of life of the community. The Lockport Township Park District maintains 38 parks or approximately 950 acres. The Park District also maintains 19 facilities located within the District’s boundaries. Some of these facilities include: Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course that exhibits a full-service pro shop and clubhouse complete with a restaurant and ...

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Matthiessen State Park

Hiking
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. Matthiessen State Park is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. With a visit to this state park, you can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. An abundance of activities will be found at Matthiessen including, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, geocaching, and ...

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Biking
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is 19,000 acres of beautiful picturesque nature and is adjacent to the 4,200 acre Des Plaines Conservation Area. Midewin remains the only federal tallgrass prairie preserve east of the Mississippi River. With the adjacent Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area and a number of other state and county protected areas in the immediate area, Midewin ...

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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Biking
Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before heading to Matthiessen State Park or Starved Rock State Park stop by to rent an electric or conventional bike for your adventures. Mix’s Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals also features area tours, a rustic bar and gaming.

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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park

Water Parks
Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park is Bolingbrook’s year-round place for family fun. There is plenty of activities at Pelican Harbor from the interactive sprayground, 4 water speed slides, a lazy river, beach volleyball, and a sand playground area for the younger kids. Featuring more fun attractions and family-friendly adventures, Pelican Harbor’s indoor/outdoor set-up guarantees fun even in less-than-ideal weather.

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Pine Hills Golf Club

Golf
Located in Starved Rock Country, Pine Hills Golf Club is not only the finest 9-hole course in Illinois, but also one of the oldest and most scenic golf courses in the Chicagoland area. Pine Hills Golf Club features 3,203 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course is always kept in great condition, plus the scenery while golfing is incredible. Pine Hills Golf Club includes nothing but trees and water so it challenges the more advanced golfers and plays nicely ...

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Prairie State Road Runners

Events & Festivals
Prairie State Road Runners has been Will County’s Running Authority Since 1975. The Prairie State Road Runners are one of the oldest running clubs in Illinois. The club organizes the Thanksgiving Day morning Poultry Predictor 4 Mile Race in Joliet’s beautiful Pilcher Park, as well as the Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K and the Canal Connection 10k in Utica. Prairie State Road Runners is your Illinois running authority.

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Raging Waves Waterpark

Water Parks
Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville is Illinois’ largest waterpark that sits on 45 acres. Raging Waves features a huge wave pool, a lazy river, 20 waterslides, kiddie play structure, zero-depth pool, sandy beach area, and fun for the entire family. Ride the wave on Wonambi, named one of the top new water rides in 2016, is a 4 person ride that sends guests into near-vertical, zero gravity moments. Cool off with an adventure to Raging Waves Waterpark. In 2018, they opened kiddie-friendly ...

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Revelation VR

Family Adventures
Revelation VR offers Virtual Reality Gaming and Experiences! Fun for the whole family. Contact us for Date Night Specials, VR Birthday Parties and VR Fitness Programs available as well!

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Route 66 Raceway

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Ready to put the petal to the medal? Keep an eye out for Route 66 Raceway's public events, such as Race Your Ride.

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Run Starved Rock Country

Events & Festivals
Run Starved Rock Country is a non-profit organization that is bringing long-distance Road and Trail Races to the Starved Rock Country region. Save the date and plan to participate in the Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon. Starved Rock is a beautiful area for running and offers plenty of scenic views during the marathon and half marathon. The most popular state park in Illinois, Starved Rock State Park, is home to 18 canyons, seasonal waterfalls, natural springs, ...

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Joliet

Family Adventures
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

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Skydive Chicago

Thrill-Seeking Adventure
Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on 230 acres of forested land along the Fox River. Skydive Chicago is home of World VFS Champions SFC Core and National Silver FS Medalists SDC Rhythm XP. In 2016, Skydive Chicago hosted the World Parachuting Championships FAI Mondial. Skydive Chicago is the Midwest’s world class skydiving resort offering skydiving classes for beginners to the more experienced. They also have cabins ...

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Spirit Farms

Family Adventures
Spirit Farms is a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country in Sheridan, Illinois, with state of the art facilities and equipment. Spirit Farms is dedicated to the forward progress of farming in our nation. Spirit farms hosts many events throughout the year including the Progressive Ag Safety Day, Summer Kids Camps, Community Events, Agricultural Tours, and Continuing Educations Seminars.

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Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k

Events & Festivals
The 2021 Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Marathon Brewing Company and the Run SRC 5K are set for May 8th, 2021.

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Starved Rock Marina

Water Recreation
The Starved Rock Marina is a full service marina that offers dock rentals storage, repairs, launching and sells boats to the boating community. The marina is located on the scenic Illinois River across from the beautiful Starved Rock State Park and minutes from Buffalo Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. They have a large selection of pre-owned boats for sale and are a certified dealer for Rinker Boats, Sundancer Pontoons and Landau Pontoons. The marina is very unique ...

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Starved Rock State Park

Hiking
Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind your car through the towering trees, you will feel as if you are away from everyday life. Starved Rock has 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Towering canyons are visible all year round with amazing waterfalls that are active in the spring and after heavy rainfall. No matter what the season ...

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The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Biking
The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is an innovative private/public partnership offering year-round outdoor recreational activities that exhilarate, educate, and entertain adventure seekers of all ages and abilities. Stretching across 300-acres of historically significant land, The Forge: Lemont Quarries features the largest aerial challenge course, tallest climbing towers, and longest ziplines in the tri-state area. They offer mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, ...

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