CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you weren't already excited for summer, this news will get you there!
The largest and tallest aerial adventure course in North America is scheduled to open in Chicago's southwest suburban Lemont this summer.
It's called The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park and is described as "the largest aerial adventure course in North America" featuring the longest spanning zipline at 1,050-feet, the area’s only outdoor mountain biking skills track and pump track, 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, as well as a restaurant, beer garden and amphitheater.
The park spreads across 300 acres; and The Forge’s aerial adventure course will be the park’s main attraction, featuring three free-standing towers, including 120 ft and 90 ft towers, as well as a 12-story tower designed to look like the iconic Sears Tower splitting apart. Plus, there will be more than 260 elements for Forge-goers to climb and navigate, from zip-lines, climbing towers, and rappelling to other interconnecting ropes course activities.
“The highlight of this outdoor playground at the Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is the aerial adventure course,” said Chris Gladwin, co-founder of the Lemont Quarries Adventure Park, in a statement. “Three free-standing towers, including a 12-story tower designed to look like the iconic Sears Tower splitting apart, will provide more than 260 elements for climbing and navigating.”
According to the park, it is a playground designed for "both kids and adults of any and all abilities (including those with limited abilities)" and is alson one of the only "fully accessible aerial adventure courses in the country, designed for use by visitors of any age, experience level, or physical ability."
“This is one of the only aerial adventure courses that does not require climbers to follow a linear path, and instead, lets them chart their own course,” said Jeremie Bacon, co-founder of Lemont Quarries Adventure Park, in a statement. “The design of our aerial adventure course prevents bottlenecks and slow-downs so that no matter what your skill level, you can navigate the course at your own leisure and speed.”
Specific for the kids, there will be a custom-designed Kid Zone safe for children ages 5 through 12. The kid zone will also include a beginner’s mountain bike course and pump track, the park's website reads.
The park will also host concerts, film series and kid’s camps.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is set to open May 25, 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 the park.
Once complete, the park will be operated year-round, 7 days a week (except certain holidays), between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The Forge is accessed through the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, with future access proposed near the intersection of Main Street and Walker Road.
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," the website reads.