Walk the bridges at Go Ape USA. Photo courtesy the park
Walk the bridges at Go Ape USA. Photo courtesy the park

10 Zip Lines and Aerial Adventure Parks Near Chicago

A number of Chicago's outdoor adventure parks remain open into the fall, offering one last chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors before our tough winter sets in. These parks offer zip lines, aerial ropes courses, suspended bridges, and sometimes climbing walls, too.

Many of these adventure parks could become part of a larger weekend trip or a special birthday trip, especially when your Chicago kid finally hits the height requirement! 

Each one of these outdoor play spaces has its own rules, including new procedures related to COVID-19, such as mask requirements and online reservations in some cases. The zip lines, especially, require a certain age, height, and weight of participants, but many of the aerial adventure parks do as well. Parents with little kids should make sure they qualify before heading out or risk some disappointed youngsters. Some courses may close early depending on the weather or restrictions in each state or county, so check websites or call ahead before each visit.

Bison's Bluff
1111 E Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Bemis Woods
1100 Ogden Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main Street
Lemont , IL 60439

Deep River Aerial Park
9001 E. Lincoln Hwy
Crown Point, IN

Zip Rockford
4402 Larson Ave.
Rockford, IL 61108

Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures
N3232 County Road H
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Boundless Adventures Wisconsin
9800 County Highway M.B.
Bristol, WI 53104

Rum Village Aerial Park
2626 Gertrude St
South Bend, IN 44614

Long Hollow Canopy Tours
3247 W Longhollow Rd
Elizabeth, IL 61028

Zip Chicago
2681 E Rte. 6
Marseilles, IL 61341
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