Whether you want to make some fun New Year's resolutions you'll actually want to keep or just want to experience something new in 2016, these adventures and exciting things to do in Chicago are sure to give you a thrill.
1. Reach new heights with rock climbing at Maggie Daley Park.
Test your skills at Chicago's first and only outdoor climbing park at the newly-opened Maggie Daley Park,
where you can scale the walls surrounded by skyscrapers. Featuring two
rock-climbing structures and divided into a beginner and advanced wall,
this feature can accommodate between 25 to 100 climbers at a given time.
2. Rent a bike, and pedal along The 606.
An innovative park and pedestrian trail system, The 606 connects six neighborhood parks across four diverse neighborhoods and offers nearly three miles of green space. Rent a bike from the nearby Divvy Bikes station at 1805 N. Albany Avenue, and pedal your way along the elevated 2.7-mile Bloomingdale Trail.
3. Paddle by the Chicago Riverwalk in a kayak.
Explore the city from a completely different vantage point: from the water. Head down to the Chicago Riverwalk and rent a kayak to explore on your own, or take a guided tour with Urban Kayaks or Wateriders. You'll pass by pedestrian walkways, architectural masterpieces and dramatic city views, all while enjoying the great outdoors.
4. Lace up your ice skates and weave through the Maggie Daley skating ribbon.
Even in winter, you'll find plenty of things to do in Chicago, and ice skating along the curvy ribbon of ice through Maggie Daley Park is
one of them. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline, and along the way,
stop to enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Bring your own skates or
rent a pair ($12).
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5. Soar above skyscrapers and Lake Michigan on a Chicago Helicopter Experience tour.
Ready to do something exciting in 2016? Get a thrill while taking in dramatic views of the city when you fly in a helicopter with Chicago Helicopter Experience. Choose from daytime, twilight or nighttime excursions; each offers a distinct experience.
6. Explore breweries and distilleries in Chicago on The Barrel Run tour.
Experience the booming craft beer scene in Chicago or even the craft distilleries first hand when you book a tasting tour with The Barrel Run. Just hop on the wooden barrel-shaped bus, and find yourself transported to three distinct watering holes. Or, sign up for the Gangster Tour for a history lesson and a trip to booze-smuggling locales during the Prohibition era.
7. Experience iconic foods from Chicago during the 1893 World Columbian Exposition Food Tour by Tastebud Tours.
A number of popular foods first came about for the great 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Try them for yourself while visiting historic locations across the city with Tastebud Tours. You'll visit a number of key locations, such as the Palmer House A Hilton Hotel (where the brownie was invented) and The Century Room inside the historic Berghoff building — where you'll try an array of fair favorites.
8. Savor sumptuous steaks with Chicago Steakhouse Tours.
When you book a trip with Chicago Steakhouse Tours, you'll explore historic neighborhoods, get a history lesson on Chicago's meatpacking and steakhouse history, and — perhaps best of all — visit four distinct steakhouses, where you'll get to sample a specific cut of steak or a signature dish. Optional wine pairings are also available.
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