Exclusive First Look: The Biggest Adventure Park In North America Is Coming To The Chicago Area This Summer

Summer in Illinois just got that much more exciting with the opening of the new The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park just around the corner. The park is set to open May 25th, 2020 and Forbes has the exclusive first look video of what it’s going to be like to glide, climb and hike your way through North America’s largest adventure park.

The park, which will be a year-round playground for both kids and adults of any and all abilities (including those with limited abilities), will be the largest aerial adventure course in North America and certainly the largest of its kind near a major metropolitan area in the U.S.

Spread across 300 acres, The Forge’s aerial adventure course will be the park’s main attraction and will feature three free-standing towers, including a 12-story tower designed to look like the iconic Sears Tower splitting apart, and will provide more than 260 elements for Forge-goers to climb and navigate.

Additional attractions include the tallest zipline on the continent standing at more than 120 feet, the area’s only outdoor mountain biking skills track and pump track, built in collaboration with the International Mountain Bicycling Association, an X-wall climbing wall, plenty of flatwater activities including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating, a dedicated Kid’s Zone with a fully-netted children’s playground, five miles of running, biking and walking trails, and there will be a restaurant, beer garden and amphitheater on the grounds as well. Concerts, film series and kid’s camps will all be a part of the park’s programming.

Located 22 miles from the heart of downtown Chicago, The Forge is a great addition to the diverse range of outdoor activities and initiatives already in place to get people outside in the greater Chicago area.

“We are excited to tap into a massive community of outdoor recreation enthusiasts to offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience that is designed around our three foundational pillars – Exhilarate, Entertain and Educate,” said Jeremie Bacon, Co-Founder of The Forge. “Bringing an adventure park of this scale to North America allows us to invest in not only the interests and wellbeing of locals, but also visitors of all ages and abilities across the country through outdoor recreation activities. We’re also able to funnel our resources back into the community in a variety of ways, including our non-profit charity, The Forge Charitable Adventures, which will create educational opportunities and drive conservation efforts of the natural landscape.”

The park is a unique private and public collaboration between The Forge, the Village of Lemont and Township of Lemont in hopes that the park will draw in the neighborhood of 1 million visitors to Lemont annually.

Locals will be able to join The Forge as members, giving them unlimited access to the ropes courses, climbing towers, ziplines, bouldering park and more and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for June 27th, 2020.

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