Adventure Recap: Chicago



It was a great weekend filled with laughter, dance parties and fun times. This adventure wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the counselors, families, and the amazing PALS staff. As adventure leaders, we want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the memories!

We started off our awesome weekend exploring our hostel in the heart of Downtown Chicago. We feasted on Chicago style deep-dish pizza followed by an epic karaoke session. We ended the night with a dance party-PALS style! 

On Saturday, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast to prepare us for a full day in the city. Our group tore up the ice and conquered the ribbon at Maggie Daley skating park. We then visited a legendary Chicago staple, ‘The Bean.’ After touring local restaurants for lunch, we took advantage of out hostel’s entertainment and played ping pong, pool, and games. For the evening, we got ready for a fancy dinner cruise and enjoyed a three course meal. Our PALS cruise wouldn’t be complete without a dance party on the observation deck!

On Sunday, we took on the Shedd Aquarium! Our group got to tour the aquarium and enjoy an aquatic show with dolphins, penguins, and a special guest dog! The fun continued with a 4-D movie. After what felt like a very short, yet full weekend, it was hard having to say goodbye to the amazing group of campers and counselors. We feel so lucky to have had a very fun and memorable weekend filled with PALS magic and the cure for Post PALS Depression!  

Much PALS love,

Patrick Bruen and Nicole Alvarez

PALS Chicago Adventure Leaders


Counting Down to Our Chicago Adventure!

This year, our midwest Adventure will be taking place in Downtown Chicago from January 27th-29th! We will be exploring the new Maggie Daley park, seeing ‘The Bean,’ and visiting the Shedd Aquarium. The Chicago Adventure will be hosting 11 awesome pairs of Campers and Volunteers.


I have experienced PALS Adventures and Camp for over two years now and I love the PALS magic. After attending almost every Adventure last year, I had the opportunity to plan and bring one back home to Chicago. I wanted to add in programming that our Chicago Camp that is new to our Chicago community. I am also very excited to co-lead this Adventure in such an amazing city during winter season!


I have just completed my second year at PALS as well! I have experienced Philly each year and even had the chance to attend Poconos last year, too. I have never attended an Adventure, so I figured I might as well hit the ground running with them! I am so happy to be able to experience Chicago with PALS and watch all of our Campers and Volunteers experience the Winter Wonderland that is Chicago in January!