By Amanda Svachula | June 12, 2017 | Lifestyle
Jazz up Father’s Day and take dad to participate in one of the quirky activities that Chicago offers (an axe-throwing competition, anyone?). We rounded up ten of the most dad-friendly entertaining opportunities that are anything but dull.
Learn the importance of hops and barley on the Saturday before Father’s Day at one of Half Acre Beer Company’s brewery tours. After the tour, you can head to the taproom for more brews and bites. 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-4038
Head to an axe-throwing competition that will not only strengthen those biceps, but prepare you in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Each of the venue's lanes can fit 2-4 guests, but you can always book more than one. 4842 W. Irving Park Road, 312-496-3346
If your dad is sporty, he’ll love this two-in-one bar and ping-pong arena. Book a table and practice your skills in the space’s upbeat, fun atmosphere for a Father’s Day to remember. 344 N. State St., 773-635-9999
Take a tour on the night before Father’s Day and learn how vodka and other spirits are made. Try out The Tradition, which features the Russian way to drink vodka, complete with ice-cold CH vodka, rye bread, and pickles. 564 W. Randolph St., 312-707-8780
Outdoorsy dads will enjoy a class at this Chicago rock climbing community. Take a Learn the Ropes class, or if dad is already an expert, test out his skills in the Beast Index Fitness Evaluation. 100 S. Morgan St., 312-268-0002
For an adventurous Father’s Day, simulate the actual experience of flying in a vertical wind tunnel at IFLY. Learn proper technique from an instructor and proceed to a guaranteed adrenaline rush. 800 W. Scott St., 779-368-4359
Spend the night in, chatting about childhood memories and sipping cognac. This revered brand features the aromas of summer fruits combined with notes of jasmine flowers.
Take laps with a professional driver as part of Rush Hour or go group karting with dad. You can also complete the Autobahn Experience and learn how to drive a top-notch car from the performance fleet. 3795 Centerpoint Way, Joliet, IL, 815-722-2223
Step back in time when you check out America’s oldest tobacco lounge. Chill with dad in a room with plush chairs and HD screens or mingle with other customers in The Front Room. 19 S. Wabash Avenue, 800-621-1457
The tranquil SIR Spa is worlds away from crowded restaurants on Father’s Day. Treat dad for all the stress you caused him as a teenager with a hot stone massage or a package like The Sovereign, which features a 90-minute customized massage, a fresh-face treatment, and a relaxing hand and foot detail. 5151 N. Clark, 773-271-7000
Photography by Scott Hollander (Thunderbolt); via halfacrebeer.com; Marcin Cymmer (SPiN); Iwan Ries & Coe via facebook.com/iwan.ries.co/; via facebook.com/sirspa/; by Ali Schwartz (CH Distillery); Courtesy Remy Martin; by James Novotny via facebook.com/autobahncc/; by Ed Wonsek via Brooklynboulders.com; via facebook.com/iFLYLincolnPark/