The Forge: Lemont Quarries is an adventure park that packs a whole lot of adventure in its 300 acres. Located just over 20 miles from Chicago, the park features the largest aerial adventure course in North America and gives you access to four over-water ziplines, 5 miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, paddlesports and a dedicated kids’ zone. They have accessibility options for families with differing needs and year-round family programming like ice skating, movie nights and camps. Sit back, read on and make a plan to pay them a visit.
Kids Adventure Zone
Adrenaline-rush-seeking kids will spend the bulk of their time spidermaning their way up more than 12 feet in safety-netted structures, crushing more than 30 fun elements in the Kids Adventure Zone. They will sleep well after a day of conquering the climbing nets, ziplines and balance beams.
This spot is also a great place to host a birthday experience that includes use of the space, outdoor adventure games and more, more, more.
Climb & Zipline Adventure
The Forge is flexing with the largest aerial challenge course in the country, Climb & Zipline Adventure. At the center of this 10-acre showpiece are 5 stand-alone Hex Towers, interconnected by 2 miles of ziplines, multiple rappelling stations and 300 high ropes course elements spread across 15 ariel adventure trails. Again with the flex, the Hex Towers are connected to the three tallest climbing, rappelling and ziplining towers in the U.S.
The most epic tower is Skyscraper Tower, which reaches 120-feet into the sky and offers views of the Chicago cityscape and 'burbs. The ziplines accessible from this tower reach speeds of 30 miles per hour.
Spend a few peaceful hours in the summer on the water at The Forge: Lemont Quarries, which is located in the middle of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, home to seven beautiful quarry lakes. Rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and the associated safety gear—or bring your own.
Tactical Laser Tag
Way less painful and expensive than paintball, tactical laser tag is a great way for kids ages 8 & up to experience the thrill of laser tag in the great outdoors. They offer more than 30 games, including a range of mission-based games that require teamwork to accomplish a common goal.
New and experienced riders can take advantage of the region's most rad skills course and pump tracks. Rent a bike or haul your own.
Digital Adventure Games
Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, the Digital Scavenger Hunt provides outdoor augmented reality adventures for groups of 2-20. Games can be played in an hour and 15 minutes and you can choose to walk, bike or run your way through the park while you play.
Lace up your skates or rent a pair from The Forge and glide across the rink, creating new moments to cherish with the family. Both private and open skate sessions are available in the winter when weather permits.
Expanded Accessibility Options
The Forge is working hard to be accessible to families with differing needs. They are one of the few outdoor adventure parks in the country that accommodates disabilities with the addition of new adaptive technology. Within the Eight Towers Adventure, the first level of Hex Tower 5 has a system of cantilever arms that ensure guests of all abilities can interact with the same course elements. The East X tower allows guests to be elevated to the top of the 54' tower and transferred to the 1,000-foot-tall zipline where they can soar over the quarry.
In terms of water sports, they have single kayaks and canoes equipped with specialized seats, outriggers and adaptive handles with a specialized dock to transfer individuals from assistive devices to the water.
You can also reserve a recumbent trike for guests who are unable to ride a traditional bike as their 3 wheels make them easier to balance and pedal.
Dine outdoors from a rotating menu with beautiful views of the Lemont Quarries as your backdrop at Forgefire Adventure Dining. In the winter, they also have candlelit Globe Dining in climate-controlled globes.
Summer 2022 Programming
Check The Forge's website for dates and times for the following activities:
Outdoor Story Hour - Recreation experts read stories about the outdoors, nature and conservation.
Trivia at The Foundry — Flex your knowledge and take in the sweet views of the quarry with free trivia nights on The Foundry Deck.
Music & Movies in the Park — The Forge will host a series of concerts and family-approved movie screenings throughout the summer.
Quarry Camps - It's summer camp season and this camp keeps your kids active, engaged and outside! Camps are held June-August and feature exhilarating recreational activities, STEM and environmental education opportunities and a team development program.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main St. Lemont; Online: forgeparks.com
— Maria Chambers