Planning a team outing or corporate event in Chicago? There are many options to enjoy in the Windy City. A corporate event is about more than just killing time. It’s a great opportunity to learn, bond and share new experiences. From a portable escape room to Chicago food tours, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite team building ideas in Chicago.
1. Escape Room Races
If you haven’t tried an escape room before, you’re missing out. They are exciting, adrenaline-pumping fun. Escape Room Races are a mental and physical challenge. The outdoor team building event is a mix of a scavenger hunt, escape room and a puzzle. Race through one of Chicago’s iconic parks and the first group to complete the puzzles wins the day. Escape Room Races stokes competitive flames while also encouraging team building and communication. The team that works together the best wins.
Escape Room Races is the perfect blend between an escape room and a scavenger hunt. Escape rooms require mental stamina and scavenger hunts encourage physical activity. Enjoy the fresh air as you race through the city. With both outdoor and indoor escape room services, it’s easy to work into a day of training to break the monotony or as a stand-alone teambuilding event. Even if you’re stuck in a conference room or convention center, a portable escape room comes to you and takes care of all the planning and set up.
2. Chicago Food Tour
If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s food. Everyone loves delicious food and a Chicago food tour is a great way to try it all. Say goodbye to stale cheese and cracker platters and hello to a taste tour through the city. Chicago Food Planet has a selection of food tours: Chicago classics, Navy Pier and Chinatown. During each, your group will be led by a knowledgeable expert who will walk you through the process, providing information and history on each dish.
You’ll stroll down popular streets with plenty of chances to take photos in front of iconic Chicago landmarks. Try the famous Portillo’s and other Chicago-style staples like deep dish pizza, hot dogs, popcorn and more during the popular downtown tour. The Navy Pier tour is perfect for summertime corporate events and the Savor Chinatown tour is an immersive cultural and culinary experience. You’ll enjoy dim sum, sweet milk egg tarts, bubble tea and more.
3. Chicago Beer Tour or Unique Happy Hour
Happy hours are a popular company event choice. Beer and booze tend to bring a lot of fun, laughs and lowered inhibitions. A beer tour is a great way to encourage bonding and unwind from a long week at the office while also learning more about craft beer brewing. Enjoy beer tastings, snacks and an education at the same time.
Put a twist on the traditional company happy hour by hiring a performer like a magician or comedian or an event service like Escape Rooms Races portable escape room games. It gives employees who don’t drink options for entertainment. Consider unusual bar locations like those with ping-pong tables, billiards or arcades so your team can enjoy teambuilding and competition.
4. Tiki Party Boat Rental
If your corporate event is taking place during the summer, a party boat rental is lots of fun. Ideal for smaller teams, spend an afternoon on the water. Boats accommodate groups from 2-90 people. See Chicago’s beautiful lakefront in style and enjoy a dip in Lake Michigan. Rent a tiki boat with a waterslide and get a jumpstart on an unforgettable group experience. Most boats are BYOB (bring your own beer) and some even have a grill onboard. While it does take some additional planning, good weather and timing, a party boat is a memorable company outing option.
5. Get Active
Boxing, bowling and rock climbing — event planning in Chicago can be heart-pumping, fat-burning good times. Bowl a few rounds together at Chicago’s Bowlero Lanes. They can accommodate 10-125 guests for a two hour bowling bonanza including food and beverage packages. Or get fit as a team at TITLE Boxing Club. 10-40 guests enjoy a hands-on 60 minute boxer’s workout and can test their strength and stamina in the ring. Take your team to new heights while rock climbing or find another Chicago event option that gets your group up and moving.