NOV 2023

The ultimate guide to Chicago's vibrant, youthful adventures.

Are you planning an adventure in Chicago that perfectly blends excitement with the unique charm of the Windy City? 

You've landed in the right place. 

Our guide, brimming with Chicago adventures for young adults, is tailored to elevate your experience, whether you're a local or a visitor. 

From sun-kissed beaches to vibrant nightlife, we've curated a list of must-visit spots that promise unforgettable moments and stories worth sharing.

Head for the beach

A sunny day at a Chicago beach near Lincoln Park.

A beach near Lincoln Park. Isn’t that a spectacular view?

Imagine a sun-drenched day on Chicago's beaches, where golden sands meet the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan, creating a serene oasis even amidst a bustling crowd.

In particular, North Avenue Beach is a popular choice, with a picturesque setting that's perfect for capturing those Insta-perfect moments. 

Whether you're planning a laid-back day with friends or seeking a scenic spot for that special date, this beach is a go-to destination. 

Amidst the laughter and lively conversations, you might even find yourself beating the summer heat with a refreshing dip in the lake, making your Chicago experience truly unforgettable.

Team up for Fox in a Box Escape Rooms (that’s us)

Enthusiastic group of young adults trying a Fox in a Box Chicago escape room.

Collaborating on our mission, The Bank.

Nestled in the Dearborn Galleria in downtown Chicago, our escape rooms are perfect for young adults, students, and professionals seeking an out-of-the-ordinary experience. 

Whether it's a weekend outing with friends or a unique team-building event, we offer what many consider the best escape room in Chicago, designed to challenge and thrill.

From breaking into a military bunker to escaping a vicious serial killer - we’ve got uniquely themed games to appeal to diverse demographics.

It's the ideal setting for a memorable day out or a special girls' night.

At Fox in a Box, we're dedicated to making your experience not just entertaining, but a moment of bonding and adventure that will be a highlight of your outing in the Windy City.

Meet the Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group performer in a dynamic pose.

The image is taken from their website.

If you’re searching for an electrifying blend of music, comedy, and multimedia theatrics, head for the Briar Street Theatre to catch a performance of the Blue Man Group

Perfect for young adults in Chicago, this performance captivates with its unique, non-verbal entertainment that transcends language and cultural barriers. 

It's an ideal outing for those seeking an indoor activity for Chicago teens as well, offering a dynamic, visually stunning show that's as TikTok-worthy as it is unforgettable.

Whether you're planning a quirky date night or an exciting evening with friends, the Blue Man Group's mix of innovative technology and quirky humor makes it a standout choice for a memorable night in the Windy City.

Stroll the Magnificent Mile

A spectacular view of the Magnificent Mile at night, showcasing vibrant city lights and bustling street life.

Gaze at some of Chicago’s best sights along this stretch of Michigan Avenue.

Walking down Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile offers a dynamic blend of Chicago's urban charm and retail variety. 

Amidst the towering skyscrapers, you'll find a mix of well-known brands like Apple and Nike and local boutiques at 900 North Michigan Shops catering to the diverse tastes of young adults, from fashion-forward students to trend-savvy professionals. 

It's a place where budget travelers can marvel at the architectural grandeur and window-shop to their heart's content. 

During the holiday season, you might find the Magnificent Mile even more enchanting, especially if you're looking for Thanksgiving shopping in Chicago.

Join a Chicago Riverwalk Tour

Quiet day on the Chicago Riverwalk, a popular destination for young adults.

A section of the Riverwalk. Perfect for strolls for loners, couples, and groups.

The Chicago Riverwalk is a real gem in the heart of the city, perfect for a leisurely walk or a bike ride. 

Along the way, you'll see downtown Chicago attractions like the Willis Tower (more on the Willis Tower in a while), the Wrigley Building, and the unique Marina City Towers.

And on the other side, you can wave at adventure-seekers and fitness enthusiasts kayaking down the Chicago River.

Take a Chicago River cruise

Chicago River cruise boat in downtown Chicago.

A river cruise near East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. 

A Chicago River cruise offers a unique vantage point to experience our city's architectural grandeur. 

Glide along the river, past Windy City landmarks like the Tribune Tower and the historic Merchandise Mart.

If you’re looking for insight into our cultural and architectural history, check out the Architecture Center's cruise

This experience is perfect for a relaxed evening, whether it's catching up with friends or a distinctive date night - and vibrant celebrations like New Year’s Eve in Chicago.

Test your laser tag skills at WhirlyBall

WhirlyBall is a popular laser tag destination for Chicago's young adults.

Representational image.

WhirlyBall Chicago isn't just a game; it's an adrenaline-pumping adventure combining sports, strategy, and socializing in a 50,000-square-foot arena of excitement. 

Imagine darting around in a WhirlyBug, laser tag blaster in hand, as you and your friends navigate the thrilling twists and turns of the game. 

With a dynamic blend of competition and camaraderie, WhirlyBall is a haven for young adults planning a birthday event, or professionals searching for a bonding experience after work.

See who’s got the greatest selfie skills at The Bean

People taking selfies at Cloud Gate, a.k.a., The Bean.

From which angle would you snap YOUR selfie?

Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean," offers a playful canvas for the most creative selfies, reflecting the city's architectural beauty and the lively spirit of Millennium Park. 

You’ll have loads of fun capturing your reflection on the polished surface while gawking at the quirky reflections of the cityscape behind you. 

Cloud Gate is among the top Christmas destinations in Chicago, making it the perfect spot to capture the Yuletide Spirit this year!

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