The Forge: Lemont Quarries Takes Outdoor Adventure to New Heights This Summer

LEMONT, Ill., July 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Forge: Lemont Quarries (The Forge), a 300-acre outdoor adventure park 22 miles southwest of…

LEMONT, Ill., July 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Forge: Lemont Quarries (The Forge), a 300-acre outdoor adventure park 22 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, opens its doors to adventurers of all ages and abilities. Situated on historically significant land in Lemont, the purpose-driven park features various activities, including the Eight Towers Adventure, the largest aerial adventure course in North America, four over-water ziplines, mountain biking skills courses and pump tracks, flatwater paddlesports, a dedicated kids’ zone, a bouldering zone, five miles of running, biking and walking trails, as well as food service, a beer garden and amphitheater for concerts.

«We’re thrilled to officially open The Forge: Lemont Quarries and bring these unique outdoor adventures to locals and visitors alike,» said Co-Founder Chris Gladwin. «It was important for us to create attractions with various challenges and routes to ensure each visit offers new, engaging experiences.»

Regardless of age or skillset, The Forge provides a plethora of exhilarating activities for every type of adventurer – available to book now at Guests can purchase all-access day passes or individual activity passes for paddlesports, mountain biking, the kids’ zone or tactical laser tag and AR adventure games, ranging from $15$70. Additionally, The Forge has Founding Member Annual Memberships, for a limited time, featuring unlimited access to all activities in the park, special discounts and members-only benefits for adults, youth and families, starting at $185 per person.

«It’s been incredibly rewarding to build a completely original and unique adventure park right in my own backyard,» said Co-Founder Jeremie Bacon. «As a resident of Lemont, I truly appreciate the historical significance of this area, and our team is dedicated to preserving, restoring and conserving the natural landscape while providing a very special, memorable visit for our guests.»

In addition to The Forge’s dedication to offering exhilarating experiences for guests, the park is committed to educational opportunities for the community and beyond. The Forge plans to host field trips, team development programs, instruction and certification sessions. The park is also creating volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups through the Friends of The Forge volunteer program, dedicated to the restoration and beautification of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area.

Guests who work up an appetite can stop at The Foundry – the main gathering area situated in the heart of the park. Featuring outdoor seating for 150 guests, The Foundry is a convenient on-the-go market with healthy food options to fuel guests throughout the day. The open-air concept will serve a full line-up of beverages including On The Ropes, an exclusive craft beer created in collaboration with Lemont’s own Pollyanna Brewery. The Forge will also offer Forgefire Adventure Dining, an unforgettable outdoor dining experience overlooking The Forge Quarry available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October.

To ensure the well-being of guests and team members, The Forge is implementing measures in accordance with the best practices and safety guidelines adopted by the outdoor recreation industry as well as guidelines presented by the state of Illinois and CDC. The team is committed to a variety of evidence-based strategies to keep guests healthy while enjoying the outdoors, including adhering to physical distancing guidelines, using personal protective equipment at all times, practicing proper hygiene and sanitation and disinfecting common and high-traffic areas. In addition, reservations must be made for all activities, to ensure physical distancing can take place throughout the park.

About The Forge: Lemont Quarries

The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a public-private social enterprise offering engaging outdoor recreational activities that exhilarate, educate and entertain adventurers of all ages and abilities. From ropes courses, ziplines and rock-climbing towers, to flatwater paddling, running, mountain biking and hiking trails, our parks seek to provide a community-focused, authentic outdoor experience for urban and suburban audiences. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Hours of operation are subject to change seasonally. For more information, please visit

Contact: Brigid Parr, 312-943-0333,

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