photo: courtesy of Aloft Loft
Looking for something new to do with your significant other? These offbeat activities range from high-intensity to pretty relaxed, and they're guaranteed to take you at least an inch out of your comfort zone.
Fly on wings of love at Aloft Loft
Even if Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics are out of your range, as they are for most of us, you won’t have any trouble finding a spot at Aloft. Classes here include trapeze and aerial silks and rope, but you can also opt for beginning acrobatics, hand balancing or just basic strength conditioning if you're feeling a little bashful. Still, the lure of hanging upside down after a scant few lessons is pretty powerful - and making a fool out of yourself in front of your loved one can be pretty fun. If you're still unsure, try a free "taster" class, a shortened version of trapeze or silks that happens once a month (see website for details; reservations required).
Go out on a ledge at the Willis Tower Skydeck
photo: courtesy of Skydeck
If you're the type who'd rather be blogging about it than out on it, this attraction offers the thrill without the work. The people at Skydeck have come up with an unusual -- but perversely intriguing -- idea: two clear glass boxes, called the "Ledge," that jut out from the 103rd story of the Willis Tower. Sure, it's a little cheesy to hit up the tourist attractions in your own town, but this one's not quite your average carriage ride. And there's no denying that the view from 1,300 feet above the city is that much more romantic than the one from your back deck.
Get your relationship off the ground at Silver Lining Balloons
Interested in being airborne, but prefer an easier way to get there? There's always the classic stand-by, the hot air balloon. While you have a few options for flying in the Chicagoland area, Silver Lining Balloons in Crystal Lake offers a special flight where you and your sweetheart can have the basket to yourselves. Although operating year-round, it is weather-dependent and requires reservations way in advance, but we're willing to bet it's worth the wait.
Take the plunge together at Skydive Chicago
This is truly for the most adventurous couples. Based in Ottawa, about an hour and a half away (did you really think you could skydive in the Loop?), Skydive Chicago offers all kinds of packages for first-timers and seasoned jumpers. First-timers have to jump with an instructor; however, if you're really into the adrenaline rush, you can purchase another jump for half off or sign up for classes and certification. It isn't cheap, but nothing says 'I love you' like clinging to each other for dear life as you fall from 13,500 feet above the ground.