The crowds on Michigan Avenue, jam-packed 'L' trains, and sweltering summertime heat can be enough to make Chicagoans want to shoot out of town faster than a speeding bullet. Take a break from the urban insanity—and blow off some steam while you're at it—with this fully loaded Adventure: an afternoon of shootin' and drinkin', including target practice at an indoor shooting range, lunch, and a tasting of ten libations.
We'll start by heading to our downtown check-in point, where our gang of gunslingers will be waiting to load us onto a Windy City premier coach bus for the two-hour drive to the Point Blank Shooting Range in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Next, we'll split into two groups: the first group will head out into the range for 45 minutes of target practice (we'll each shoot 55 rounds with rifles, pistols, and AK-47s), while the second group enjoys a lunch from Vitale's, featuring the choice of a pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich and sides. (Portabella sandwiches available for a vegetarian option.) The groups will then switch places, with the top two sharpshooters earning prizes for expert marksmanship.
After we've fired off our last round, we'll get back on the bus and barrel through rolling hills and scenic vineyards en route to the Round Barn, a combination winery, brewery, and distillery. Ten tastings of our choice of wine, beer, or liquor—along with a souvenir wine or pint glass—will have us firing on all cylinders all the way back to the city. Don't let the dog days get you down–pull the trigger on an Adventure that's sure to end the summer with a bang.
For those seeking an even more amazing experience, there will also be two dates—December 8 and January 12—where you'll be able to purchase a VIP deal. With our smaller group size, we'll be able to learn the basics of shooting and how to break down an assault weapon. After the classroom instruction, you'll be given more time in the firing range with your choice of 50 rounds on a 40-caliber pistol or 75 rounds on a 9mm handgun. In addition to the AK-47, you'll also have the opportunity to shoot rounds on an AR-15 military assault rifle. Our time at the range will end after a gourmet lunch of grilled pork tenderloin or chicken breast, grilled vegetables, penne primavera, and assorted desserts. The bus will then depart for Round Barn, where in addition to the 10 tastings, you'll choose a bottle of wine or six-pack of any available beer to take home.
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