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Things to Do After Prom in Chicago

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.

Cruises

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.

  • Once the prom festivities end, take a trip down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan on one of Chitown’s cruise lines.
  • The two-hour cruise features a DJ, hors d'ouevres and a luxury skyline deck with a sound system for dancing.

Bowling

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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.

  • 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.

Lakefront Walk

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.

Miniature Golf

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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.

  • 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.

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.

  • Visit Navy Pier for your after-prom celebration.
  • Take a ride on the AeroBalloon and float 35 stories above the Pier.
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