Fun Activities Outside of Downtown Chicago


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Fun Activities Outside of Downtown Chicago

Are you looking for some ideas for weekend trips from Chicago? If you live in the city, there are times you might get tired of the hustle and bustle of downtown. Maybe you simply want a little change of pace from work and your day to day activities. You might be feeling especially tired of the city this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That means it’s time to book a getaway to somewhere new and exciting! 


What Are Some Fun Activities Outside of Downtown Chicago?

The good news for you is that there are plenty of activities to do outside of the city. While the city of Chicago is a wonderful place to live, its surrounding suburbs have a lot to offer, too. Plus, these areas don’t tend to be as crowded as the city (or have as much traffic!) During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in particular, it’s great to find a less crowded place to hang out than the city. Sometimes, these exciting areas can be overlooked in favor of the downtown area, but don’t make that mistake! 

One fun activity to try outside of downtown Chicago is visiting Midway Central Station, the Midwest’s best center for sports, events, camps, clinics, recreation, and more. We’re your home away from home outside of downtown Chicago. 

Exploring beyond the city limits can be educational, entertaining, and most of all, just plain fun. Whether you’re an individual wanting to get to know the area a little better or a family in need of a getaway, we have the perfect weekend trip from Chicago for you. 


Weekend Trips from Chicago

Have you ever considered visiting the suburbs to check out all that they have to offer? If you’re looking for a weekend trip from Chicago, we have the ideal suggestion for you. It’s a great time to check out Bedford Park. 

Bedford Park

The perfect place for a weekend trip from Chicago is right here in Illinois: the village of Bedford Park. Located right by Chicago’s Midway Airport, Bedford Park is a small village located in the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor. Despite its low population, Bedford Park holds a host of tourist attractions and activities fit for all members of the family. It’s the perfect place to take a weekend trip from Chicago to relax and enjoy some downtime. 

Many outdoor attractions are also located in Bedford Park, including historical monuments, as well as opportunities to bike, kayak, hike, fish, and raft. There are beautiful outdoor facilities to enjoy, like our gazebo and fish pond, ornamental parks, patio, playgrounds, a bike path and walking path, our interactive water spray park, and more. 

Midway Central Station

Plus, there is the midwest’s premiere destination for sport event programming and entertainment, Midway Central Station. We are a state-of-the-art sports, event, and entertainment center that serves as the Midwest’s premier destination for sports tourism in suburban Chicago. Be one of the first to enjoy a weekend trip to our fantastic arena! Our grand opening is scheduled for fall 2021. 

Our center offers facilities to host sports tournaments and clinics, as well as sports and video game entertainment for families. We aim to make you feel like you’ve stepped into your favorite childhood hangout, but we have fun activities for adults and children alike. At Midway Central Station, we welcome families from the city to come visit and check out all the fun we have in store for you! We’re the perfect place to visit for a weekend trip from Chicago. 


Fun Activities to Enjoy at Midway Central Station 

At Midway Central Station, we have a variety of activities for everyone in your family to enjoy, including: 

  • Laser Tag and Frenzy Games
  • Eight basketball courts or 16 NCAA-level volleyball courts
  • State of the art esport cafe featuring 12 high-end PCs for gaming 
  • In-house restaurant and concession stand
  • Full bar and lounge
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Birthday parties, events, and more 

Laser Tag

Our laser tag arena will accommodate up to 20 players at a time and offers several different game modes. 

Basketball and Volleyball Gym

Our 72,000 square-foot gym is sized for eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts. 

Esport Cafe and Meeting Rooms

Or, check out our esport cafe, which houses 12 high-end PCs just for video games and a multi-purpose meeting room that can be divided into two separate smaller spaces, if you need them. 


Chicago Family Vacations 

When you’re planning your family vacation, try looking local. You’d be surprised by all of the cool attractions that are sitting right in your backyard. Vacationing in these areas not only contributes to your local economy, but it also saves you money on fuel, airfare, and other interstate travel-related expenses. It’s a win for you, the family, and local businesses. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the fun waiting to be had in Bedford Park, contact us today at Midway Central Station. We’re the midwest’s best in sports, events, camps, clinics, and recreation. Our venue is 116,000 square feet under one roof, and our mission is to promote the sports community and entertain our guests to the fullest extent. We can help plan your visit from Chicago. Give us a call or shoot us a message through our website.


Vacation Spots for Families

Of course there is no shortage of things to do in the city of Chicago, but its suburbs might seem more appealing if you are looking for a getaway. There are plenty of attractions beyond the city borders. If you’re looking for somewhere safe and fun to relax and get away, your best option is Bedford Park and Midway Central Station. 


Plan Your Visit to Midway Central Station Today

Though we are scheduled to open soon in the fall of 2021, it’s never too soon to start planning your trip to Midway Central Station. We are already booking parties and events and dates are filling up quickly! Contact us today to start planning your weekend trip from Chicago to visit us.