We've compiled an awesome list of unique and adventurous 'Guys Night Out' ideas to enjoy around Chicago. Dads need a break for bonding, too!
SPin - Ping Pong
Who doesn't love ping pong? SPin Chicago offers tables for rent with amazing cocktails and a gourmet kitchen, making this an ideal Dad's Night Out activity. Dad's (and moms) will love this active evening out, filled with healthy competition that can't be taken too seriously, as they people-watch at what is also a pretty hip bar scene. Reservations only available for groups of 10+.
Cost: $15 - $22 per half hour & $25 - $39 per hour
Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block
Dads night out doesn't normally conjure up images of cooking classes, but the unique offerings from the Chopping Block, designed for modern Dads who want to better their cooking and cocktail making skills, are the perfect idea. They have classes ranging from learning more about Polynesian fare and cocktails, to butchering skills, to basic knife skills, to making multi-course French cuisine.
Cost: classes start at $90 per person
Emporium Arcade Bar Chicago
This place is perfect for Dads who play video games, table games, and pinball! It's a fun bar with retro arcade games that will bring Dads back to fond memories of their own childhood through competition and cocktails. With a full bar and tons of entertainment, Dads are sure to bond during a night out at Emporium. You can also book private parties here, as well as attend special events like DJs, bands, and game competitions. Watch out for their pop-ups around the city too!
Packages for 1st-time flyers start at $70 per person
Gina I.: Calling all adrenaline junkies! Experience the feeling of skydiving without the heights at iFLY! Suit up and enter iFLY's vertical wind tunnel that creates a one-of-a-kind free-fall sensation. Book your flight on their website. Tip: the Rosemont location features great restaurants and bars nearby. So, you can make a night of it!
Bad Axe Throwing
Gina I.: Can you get more 'guys night' than axe throwing?! Bad Axe Throwing brings a favorite Canadian pastime to Chicago's west Loop. Just walk-in, grab an axe, and throw! It's a great workout and a real stress reliever. If you're new to the sport, instructors are on hand to teach you the proper technique.
Cost: $20 per hour for walk-ins
Sluggers World Class Sports Bar
Gina I.: If you're tired of the same old bar scene, gather the guys and check out Sluggers! Located in the heart of Wriggleyville, Sluggers features batting cages, skee-ball, air hockey, electronic basketball, and of course, great beer! They also have dueling pianos!
Lagunitas Brewing Company Chicago
Gina I.: Why go the bar when you can go to the brewery?! Enjoy an authentic brewery experience at Lagunitas! The tap room overlooks the brewery, and its fun and funky, mismatched decor feels like something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Not only do they offer delicious pub fare and assorted Lagunitas beers, but the tour is free!
K1 Speed takes go-karting seriously, with two Chicago locations. They have top of the line karting equipment, are open year round, and offer a really fun option for a Dad's night out! Groups and parties (9+ people) can be booked here, which offer drink and food packages as well.
Cost: 1 race is $20, 2 races are $35, and 3 races are $45
Improv Comedy Club
Gina I.: Relax, and unwind with the guys at Improv Comedy Club. Located in Woodfield Mall, Improv features a full service bar and large menu of delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts. With new headliners featured each week, the comedy always stays fresh. Note: there is a 2 item (food or drink) minimum purchase required per person
Cost: tickets start around $17 per person
Gina I.: Gear up and climb at Vertical Endeavors! Whether you want to enjoy a little friendly competition or get in a good workout, you'll enjoy more than 192 roped routes, walls up to 30 feet, 3 bouldering areas, and 30 auto belays. They have all the gear you need on site, and routes are available for all skill levels.
Cost: walk-in for $18 per person + optional $12 gear rental or bring your own
Kristy Pepping: Topgolf is a fun experience! You don't need to be a great golfer either. It's a driving range, but so much more. They have a rooftop deck with a firepit, full service restaurant and a bar.
iPanic Productions Escape Room
Gina I.: Choose from one of 7 hi-tech escape rooms, with themes like Diamond Heist, Alien Encounter, Shipwrecked and Witch Craft. Groups of 2-12 must work together to find clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles before your time is up. Will you be able to escape in 60 minutes or less?
Cost: $30 per person
Battle House Laser Combat
Gina I.: This isn't your ordinary laser tag! Battle House Laser Combat's 15,000 + square foot facility features an advanced arena with a complex urban environment design that is multi-story and multi-dimensional. It includes narrow passages, disabled combat vehicles, and hi-tech props. Best of all, you can choose from over 70 laser tag gun styles.
Cost: general admission for up to 2hrs of play is $40 per person
Gina I.: Tired of sharing the gaming console with the kids? Embrace your love of classic arcade games and head to Underground Retrocade! Check out all your old favorites like Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Combat, Centipede, Galaga, and Space Invaders. They also have an excellent selection of pinball games and Atari flashback consoles.
Cost: $15 admission per person, games are free and re-entry is allowed on the same calendar day.
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