If you're looking for something different to do after prom in Chicago, instead of a slumber party or a late-night dinner, try something that will keep you moving. The Windy City has outdoor attractions, a bustling lakefront, parks and plenty of places to show off your athletic skills.
Once the prom festivities end, take a trip down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan on one of Chitown’s cruise lines. Mystic Blue Cruises offers a post-prom boat trip along the lakefront. The two-hour cruise features a DJ, hors d'ouevres and a luxury skyline deck with a sound system for dancing. The Escapade Deck has a full dance floor and a buffet set-up. There’s a special school Moonlight Menu with a selection of salads and snacks. Unlimited juice, the cost of table linens and an adult chaperone for each group of 20 students is included in the package price.
Many bowling alleys in Chicagoland stay open late, so lace up the bowling shoes and throw a few strikes. Girls in prom dresses and guys in tuxes knocking down pins might look a bit odd, but you'll remember the unusual game with your classmates. The Diversey River Bowl on the North Side has 34 lanes, a light show and rock music playing in the background. It’s open til 2 a.m daily and 3 a.m. on Saturdays.
Instead of riding around town in a crowded limo, stroll along the lakefront or Michigan Avenue. Admire the Chicago skyline under the stars, window shop or visit Millennium Park and check out the “Bean”, a 110-ton steel sculpture on the AT&T Plaza along Lake Michigan.
Arrange for a post-prom outing at a local miniature golf course. Ride go-karts, swing at a few baseballs in the batting cage or test your skills in the game arcade. Ride on the bumper cars or merry-go-round. Novelty Golf and Games in Lincolnwood on the far north side, has an 18-hole miniature golf course (complete with Frankenstein, the Statue of Liberty and a dinosaur overlooking the festivities). Its game room features old-fashioned pinball games, a photo booth, video games and air hockey table.
Visit Navy Pier for your after-prom celebration. Walk off all that excess energy by visiting shops and souvenir stands, then enjoy a romantic view from the top of the ferris wheel with your date. Stick around for fireworks, or check out the Amazing Funhouse Maze, a real-life labyrinth with plenty of twists and turns. Turn the lakefront on Segways (a two-wheeled personal vehicle), or view the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Take a ride on the AeroBalloon and float 35 stories above the Pier. Check in advance for group rates or buy tickets online.