Corporate team-building events ideas for meeting planners.

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Looking 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.


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.

Learning 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 activities.


Whether 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.

The 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.


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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Windy City Fieldhouse
2367 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-7300
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-3992