for a new way to engage a corporate meeting group or have them experience
something new at annual meetings? Team-building exercises have come a long way
since the trust fall. Refresh your meeting-planner toolbox with these ideas for
team-building activities around Chicago.
COMEDY TEAM BUILDING
Chicago's most famous
improv team, The Second City, hosts team-building events that teach groups the
craft of comedy with their signature "Yes, And." approach. It's the idea that you say yes to every idea, consider it, and add to it. This is an underlying concept taught within The Second City and is a component in everything they do. Whether the group needs to "lighten-up" or they are already a
funny bunch, the workshops will tighten the group bond. Events usually last two
to three hours and include multimedia and social networking options and can be
streamed live so those not in Chicago can participate remotely. Group sizes accommodated
range from a few team members to hundreds of attendees and pricing is based off the scope
of the event. Learn more about The Second City team building options.
Windy City Fieldhouse hosts a myriad of wide
ranging team-building activities, from summer picnics to team races designed to
inspire, motivate and strengthen the team bond. Choose from 10 different
team-building challenges. From "Mission Impossible" scavenger hunts (teams look
for clues scattered across popular areas around Chicago like downtown, Lincoln
Park, Navy Pier or China Town) to gauntlet challenges packed with trivia and
timed events to "Amazing Race" Chicago (a three- to five-hour race across the
city). They have so many activities; you'll find the perfect challenge for your
corporate team. Pricing is based per size of group and activity. Learn more about Windy City Fieldhouse.
to fly at the Trapeze School of New York
(TSNY) makes for a memorable day
of team building. TSNY Chicago recently opened in Chicago at Belmont Harbor and
offers team-building activities centered on learning the basics of trapeze work
while building a strong sense of team spirit and comradery. TSNY hosts private
trapeze classes for as many as 100 people. A typical class lasts two hours and
students learn how to knee-hang, swing into the grip of a professional trapeze
catcher and dismount from the trapeze. For larger groups, organizers can
arrange for additional activities such as juggling, trampoline and aerial
skills. TSNY customizes each group's activity based on size, time limit and
number of participants. Learn more about TSNY team-building
the team's goal is to bond over a hand-made meal, learn healthy cooking tips or
embrace the latest culinary trends, cooking classes are an easy, fun and
satisfying way to incorporate team-building skills.
Parties that Cook has 12 years of
team-building event experience. Choose from eight different programs that range
from a Cooking Farm-to-Table course (the class is on site at the farm offering
a culinary adventure that reconnects the chefs with the origins of their food)
to the Cooking with Kindness Program (the team will prepare a meal for a local
shelter) to the Executive Kitchen Challenge (builds communication skills during
a fiery hands-on cooking competition). Pricing is based on each class and each
has a maximum participant limit. Learn more.
Chopping Block offers team-building
cooking classes that are based around the idea that the team who cooks together
will have the recipe for success. Experienced chefs lead each team-building
event with a wide variety of menus from around the world, including their Tokyo
Table with spring rolls and pad thai and the Homemade Pasta Party with grilled
shrimp wrapped in basil and prosciutto, hand-made fettucine and tiramisu. Pricing
is based per person or group rates for 20 or more. Learn more.
TEAM BUILDING THROUGH SONG
Kidbilly Music is a small company of talented and dedicated songwriter-facilitators that are committed to helping you experience creativity in a step-by-step process, enabling you and your group to tap into your individual and team abilities to innovate and problem solve. Kidbilly Music has won awards along the way, working with the famous and not so famous, passionately sharing their insights, humor, and dedication to the value of team building with music.
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