Build fun into your itinerary!
It’s easy to have fun in Chicago Northwest. Whether you’re looking for things to do on vacation, or ways to round out your conference experience, round up your group for activities that can make you feel like the master of mirth.
Lace up a pair of 4-wheeler shoes at Coachlite Skate Center in Roselle for a date with a built-in excuse to hold hands with your sweetheart, or for an easy-to-plan group activity that tends to be the source of hilarious comments down the road that begin with, “Remember that time when…?”. Of course, this is also a great place to bring the kiddos to incite smiles and burn off some energy.
Test your gaming skills
Who ever said arcades are for kids? Certainly no one at the sophisticated, PAC-MAN-inspired Level 257. That’s right: “sophisticated” and PAC-MAN live in harmony at this classy-yet-whimsical combination of restaurant, arcade and bowling alley. Level 256 is the infamous end of the PAC-MAN game; Level 257 is the ongoing after party in Schaumburg. Think of it like golf’s 19th hole. Play games in the social lounge, and discuss wins and “opportunities for improvement” over sushi and tapas in the restaurant and lounge. Either way, it’s an Instagram-worthy #Win.
You can also go to Punch Bowl Social in Schaumburg for games in a gastropub. They serve cocktails and dinner every night of the week, and with extended weekend hours, breakfast, brunch and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re with a crowd, order plates made for sharing, such as Lobster Bacon Fries, featuring fresh poached lobster and It’s Nacho Mama’s—a fantastic nacho situation featuring roasted cauliflower, pickled red onion, fresh jalapeños and cilantro. Play arcade games, shuffleboard and bowling, and grab a mic to show off your karaoke skills. Rent space for a large group, or just show up with a buddy for kickback kind of fun.
If your aim is to focus on the lane, there’s an alley for that. Test your skills, sip on cold beers and snack on tasty bar bites over some friendly competition on the bowling lane. Outstanding venues include Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Strike Ten Lanes, Inc. in Roselle, and Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village.
Try an escape room
Visit Mastermind Escape Games in Schaumburg or Key Quest Escape Room in Arlington Heights, for some puzzle-solving fun. Here, you’ll hunt for clues, problem-solve and work together as a team. The ticking clock will get your adrenaline pumping as your mind races through logical and illogical possible solutions.