Fun & Games
If navigating Riverside’s winding streets wasn’t enough excitement, how about a puzzle-solving adventure? Vault Escape Rooms on Harlem Avenue has lots of puzzles. Vault Escape Rooms is an immersive, puzzle-escape room experience for you and your family and friends. Choose from one of Vault Escape Rooms available themes and spend an exhilarating 60 minutes finding clues, solving puzzles and bonding with your teammates.
Brush up on your own skills with art classes at the Riverside Arts Center, located downtown on Quincy Street. This cultural learning center is also a gallery, home to several unique art exhibits from local and national artists that change throughout the year.
A tour of the barrels at Quincy Street Distillery
Down the street is Quincy Street Distillery. Named one of the 25 Best Distilleries in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Quincy Street Distillery is a great place to stop for handcrafted cocktails and a distillery tour. Inspired by the small craft spirit creators of yore, owner and distiller Derrick Mancini founded Quincy Street Distillery as a way to celebrate traditional, and create new, American spirits. Today, he oversees a small crew that crafts and bottles 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits, including a mead-based dry honey spirit, a railroad gin, a colonial-style single malt rye, and the first straight bourbon whiskey distilled and bottled in Illinois in 40 years. Take a tour of the distillery to bring the full story of these libations into focus. Distillery tours detail every step of the grain-to-whiskey production, including fermentation, distillation, cutting, barreling, and bottling. Conclude with a tasting in the speakeasy cocktail bar that includes a brief history lesson about many of the new spirit brands, and after where patrons can purchase classic or original cocktails or pick up bottles at the retail shop.