Whether he’s known as dada, daddy, papa or old man, your partner and other half certainly deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day. This year, skip the tie and bbq tools in favor of sending your man out for an unforgettable experience. Create memories that will be talked about for years to come by booking one of these adventures!

photo: The Barrel Run

For the thirsty pops

Whether dad prefers to throwback a few brews or bourbon, The Barrel Run offers one of the most unique ways to tour breweries and distilleries.  Sign up for a tour and get a trip to 3 locations, several samples to keep the thirst quenched and travel in style in a Barrel Bus.

The Barrel Run
Tours start and end at the former Rock and Roll McDonalds (600 N. Clark St.)
600 N. Clark St., River North
For more info, call 312-718-3295 or visit thebarrelrun.com


photo: Angler Charters

For the fisherman

Pack a cooler and send a group of your favorite guys out for a day on the lake. Keep your fingers crossed that they’ll come back with a fresh catch for dinner. If dad wants to bring along his mini-me, Angler Charters has a great reputation for making a memorable day for all ages.

Angler Charters
Belmont Harbor
3601 N. Recreation Dr., Dock A – Slip 23, Lakeview
$750-1200 for up to 6 people
For more info, call 708-738-6155 or visit angler-charters.com

photo: Nascar Racing Experience

For the speed demon

Encourage your guy to put the pedal to the medal with a Nascar Racing Experience.  After training with a crew chief, dads will step behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car and dash around the Chicagoland Speedway at lighting fast speeds for an unforgettable experience.

NASCAR Racing Experience
Chicagoland Speedway
500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet
$159 & up
For more info, call 704-886-2400 or visit nascarracingexperience.com

photo: Go Ape

For the adventure seeker

Send dad just west of the city to soar through the forest on over 2,800 feet of ziplines in the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve. On this GoApe journey the adventure brings you higher and higher through the trees on a two-to-three hour tour that includes rope ladders, obstacles and a Tarzan swing. Anyone brave enough and older than 10 can join dad for the fun.

Bemis Woods-South
1100 Ogden Ave., Western Springs
$58 & up
For more info, call 800-971-8271 or visit goape.com

photo: The Chopping Block

For the grillmaster in training

Send your partner to a class at The Chopping Block where he can refine his grilling skills and learn how to prepare a special meal for the family.  Whether you choose a basic class for dad and his little dude or a weekend long bootcamp, dads will have a blast as they cook a meal under the guidance of a professional chef while enjoying a drink or two.

The Chopping Block
Merchandise Mart
The Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 107, River North
Lincoln Square
4747 N. Lincoln, Lincoln Square
For more info, call 773-472-6700 or visit thechoppingblock.com

For the aspiring comedian

If more than your kids laugh at their dad’s jokes, sure he’d enjoy a trip to see a Second City Show, but why not sign him up for a class so he gets a series of nights out and builds on his dad-jokes skills? Whether he wants to push his limits with an improv class, perfect his public speaking in a standup class or stay off stage and focus on his writing, the Second City Training Center has a variety of classes that will not only get your man to get a group laughing, but also leave him more confident.

Second City Training Center
Piper’s Alley
230 W. North Ave., Old Town
For more info, call 312-664-3959 or visit secondcity.com

photo: The Aviary

For the cocktail connoisseur

Book a table at The Aviary for a truly remarkable cocktail experience.  While delicious, the drinks at this swanky lounge more closely resemble a work of art than a typical gin and tonic. Treat your favorite dad to the chance to experience the magic of chef Grant Achatz . . . and see if you can tag along as his plus one for a great date night.

The Aviary
955 W. Fulton Market, West Loop
For more info, call 312-226-0868 or visit theaviary.com

photo: Chicago Helicopter Experience

For the guy who enjoys a view

Send dad flying on a helicopter high above the City and he’ll come back with an image he’ll never forget.  Book a tour with the Chicago Helicopter Experience and dad will zip off from their private helipad in Bridgeport and take flight after learning a bit about the history of this awesome city.  Tours are available day and night.  You can even coordinate a trip during the Navy Pier Fireworks.

Chicago Helicopter Experience
2420 S. Halsted St., Bridgeport
For more info, call 312-967-8687 or visit chicagohelicopterexperience.com

photo: Guaranteed Rate Field

For the White Sox superfan

There’s a lot that money can’t buy, but it sure can buy a lot of unique experiences to get your favorite dad up close and personal to his favorite baseball team. Whether you treat to him watching batting practice from the dugout or keep him busy announcing the opening of the field, the White Sox Fan Experiences will be the topic of conversation for years to come.

Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W. 35th St., Bridgeport
$400 & up
For more info, call 312-674-5396 or visit chicago.whitesox.mlb.com

photo: Watson Adventures

For the sleuthing sire

Send your man and up to five of his friends on a scavenger hunt through one of Chicago’s finest museums.  He might race around the Art Institute attempting to solve a murder or explore a submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry. Tickets include admission to the museum and about 2 hours of searching and solving a mystery.

Watson’s Adventures
Location varies based on scavenger hunt
For more info, call 877-9-GO-HUNT  or visit watsonadventures.com

How will you make this Father’s Day memorable? Share your ideas in the comments below.

—Lisa Snart