Exciting Things to Do in Chicago for Thrill Seekers

THE 10 BEST Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Chicago

Exciting Things to Do in Chicago for Thrill Seekers

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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written November 21, 2023
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  • Godwin J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Fox in A Box has been one of the best escape rooms I have done.

    Our gamemaster, Alex was one of best gamemasters I have ever met. She was comical, entertaining, understanding, helpful, and one of the coolest people. She elevated our experience.

    We did the Zodiac room and we barely escaped. But it was one of the most challenging rooms but one of the best. The puzzles were challenging but at the same time Alex guided us. They were super cool, the plot twists were amazing, and overall we as a group would do everything again. Thank you so much for everything, Fox in a Box. You're a number 1 in my books. NO LIE!
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL27,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 October 15, 2019
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  • ek1974
    Hartland, WI231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was the first time we did Axe Throwing. My family really enjoyed it a lot. Easy to make reservation online and easy to find location.
    Written December 29, 2023
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  • Richard P
    Chicago's North Shore, IL17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I did “These Heist” on our Sunday date night! Sara was very helpful and fun! Highly recommended for any couple!
    Written January 28, 2024
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  • Lisa C
    White Plains, NY18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entry protocols were sound and quick. I felt safe. They had the experience down and were efficient. Travelled with my teen and adult husband. She got to see it all and it was fine. Lots of food options, drink (both alcohol and not), medic tents, help throughout and even some well thought things like narcan tent and AA tent. Lots of sponsor stuff like chargers, give aways and experiences. We were there for the music and the music was incredible. We saw every genre and enjoyed each live performance.
    Written August 17, 2023
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  • Mike Kleppinger
    Lake Zurich, IL10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fabulous time at the Magic Parlour as part of our 40th anniversary celebration/staycation in Chicago. Dennis put on an wonderful show that has left us completely puzzled with how he did all those amazing feats. We spent some extra time with him in the Encore Room, which well worth it, as he performed more amazing magic and answered our many questions - but not about how he performs magic ;-). HIGHLY recommended!
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Nathan W
    Newport, Australia329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 January 19, 2020
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  • Global Explorer 60643
    Chicago, IL33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place to come on your own, a date, outing, or birthday. I took my wife here today for her birthday we did four minutes each of flight time, and the high velocity add-on. Our instructor Miguel was one of the kindest most patient and knowledgeable instructors I’ve come across. His excitement for the sport has me encouraged to try something new and even do a real skydive. I can’t wait to come back.
    Written May 9, 2019
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  • Kathie R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My son and I went there, first time ever throwing axes. We had a lot of fun! LA was a great coach! We were the only ones there at that time.
    Written November 6, 2023
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  • Trip Dip Sip and Sleep
    Mexico City, Mexico92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a fun quick little thing to add to the Chicago 360 place. Great view, it's doesn’t feel that scary. Expect the typical photo op, where you get a ticket to look at your pictures to buy and some other high crowd type attraction shopping opportunities. If it's your thing you are in the right place, if it's not, they are respectful of it but it still takes time on the visitor's side. It's ok to do it once, not so much to repeat but that is a personal take.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • Katie
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had been wanting to visit The Game Show Game Show for some time and SO glad we finally did to celebrate a friend's going away send-off! If you're fun-loving and slightly silly, this is for you. Get ready for sparkly vests, singing, dancing, challenges, survey questions, trivia and some friendly competition. Eddie and Ingrid were great hosts and made our visit feel special! We were talking about it for the rest of the night. What are you waiting for? Book. that. ticket!
    Written February 13, 2020
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  • Aliandkan
    Nashville, TN1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was our first time, we made it out with a bit of help. Definitely will return. Staff was very friendly.
    Written November 13, 2020
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  • Heather C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my family's second visit to Paniq and my first time. We've been to other escape rooms and this one has ambience and flair! Jim was particularly kind as our guide. We're excited to return again! We're going to try all the rooms. It's that good.
    Written March 29, 2024
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