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9 Things to Do at Jack’s Big City Ranch This Summer

Saddle up for axe throwing, seltzer sipping and bull riding at this limited-time immersive ranch pop-up.

by Chicago Bucket List


Based on the smash hit tv show Yellowstone and the Great American Wild West, Jack’s Big City Ranch immersive pop-up experience is now open for the summer in downtown Chicago! Learn why us city dwellers are flocking to the adventurous and picturesque cowboy escape. 

Jack’s offers a 2-acre playground of western-themed mini golf, mechanical bulls to ride, moonshine on tap, a giant go-kart track with a view of the city skyline—and so much more. 

The Montana ranch experience is also loaded with Instagrammable photo-ops (we’re talking beaded cowboy hat walls and signature marquee signs), tasty food truck picks, and themed cocktails to keep the party going all summer long. The entire area is also 100% outdoors, and welcoming to all ages, making it as perfect a venue for family and coworking outings as it is for dates or a fun night out.

The pop-up is 100% cashless, so have credit or debit cards on hand. Patrons are welcome to buy walk-up tickets the day of their visits. But, Jack’s also creates different timed ticket bundles with included activities that you can buy ahead of time for discounted prices.  

We got 2 acres to cover of this wild, wild (Mid)West experience, so here’s what not to miss at Jack’s this summer: 

Ride a bucking mechanical bull

It’s not a real rodeo without a bull ride and this one happens to be mechanical. For the full Jack’s Big City Ranch experience, we highly recommend you saddle up to ride the twisting, bucking mechanical bull. Don’t worry though, in the rare case you forget your ironclad rodeo training, you’ll only be bucked onto a coushey bounce-house floor to the cheering of your adoring fans. 

Perfect your putt at the mini golf course

Not all the activities here are a wild ride, some work best with a light touch (and possible cocktail in hand). Grab a putter and head out to Jack's Big City Ranch hand-crafted, western-themed mini golf course—where each hole doubles as primo glowing photo opps! 

Race the sprawling go-kart track

Go-karting is one thing, go-karting in Chicago’s largest outdoor track with a stunning view of Chitown is another. Grab a cowboy hat, a bright red bumper car, and race into the night.

Cheers your drink at the Cowboy Bar

Jack’s Big City Ranch keeps it flowing with several full service bars throughout the acres of property, and a big highlight is the Cowboy Bar. Patrons can sip on the classics like White Claws and Modelo’s during their visits, plus a few specialty cocktails. 

Try the Naked Cowboy for some liquid courage before a bull ride, the Speed Racer for a go-kart evening, and Moonshine for the perfect thing to sip on while wandering around. 

Snap a ranch-themed pic

Add some fresh content to your IG feed. Take advantage of the fun, eye-catching photo-ops sprinkled throughout the event. We love the silvery, beaded-curtain wall of cowboy hats and the “Feeling Lucky” horseshoe seat. There’s the signature “This Ain't My First Rodeo Sign” and “Kiss Me Cowboy” booth, plus other themed backdrops to choose from. 

Mine for glittering gems

This cowboy-land is great for all groups and ages, and the gem mining makes for one of the most unique and exciting activities that anyone will enjoy. Purchase a bag of mining rough soil enriched with gems and step up to the gem mining sluice for a treasure hunting experience! 

Wash your bag with the circulating water until the sand withers away and then you can pluck your beautiful gems within! Everything you find, is yours to keep. Each bag is a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.

Chow down and fuel up

After a day and night of spiked seltzers, mechanical bull rides, and axe throwing, don’t forget to order food from an evervolving lineup of food trucks. 

Where: 1261 West Le Moyne, Chicago, IL 60642
Hours: Mon through Thurs: 5 PM—10 PM, Fri 4 PM — 11 PM, Sat 1 PM - 11 PM, Sun 1 PM—9 PM

For more information on Jack's Big City Ranch Chicago.

Throw an axe at a bullseye

Meet us at the axe throwing cages to leave your mark! Similar to darts but with a little extra arm strength, you can play a points game where you win by hitting bullseyes and scoring zones, or you can just let off steam and throw to your lumberjack heart's content.   


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