Want to create a memorable experience for your clients? Go above and beyond by engaging all five senses for an immersive, multisensory experience. From fun meeting activities to spectacular event venues, try these ideas for creative events in Chicago.
The quickest way to make a great first impression on meeting attendees is to appeal to their sense of sight. Play up your special event venue with creative lighting and visually impactful décor, or let the location do all the work for you. Expansive event venues such as The Geraghty
and 19 East
are known for hosting incredible events where over-the-top lighting, fabric draping, custom furnishings and décor create an over-the-top experience. As the home to creative production company The Revel Group, Revel Fulton Market
is another flexible space that can be transformed into stunning multi-functional spaces. Another way to wow? Choose an event venue with spectacular views, such Skydeck Chicago
, offering flexible meeting space for weddings, cocktail receptions and corporate events on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower. (If your guests want a thrill, they can stand in the Ledge's glass-floored balcony - located 1,353 feet over the city.)
Ready to make a little noise? Amp up the energy of your meeting or special event by integrating live music, local bands or even upscale productions by renowned performers. Plan an elegant affair at the Symphony Center
- home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - where you can choose from intimate gathering spaces to a grand ballroom. Meanwhile, Millennium Park
is an ideal spot for sophisticated alfresco events, where artistic and cultural music performances take place throughout the summer. Need more ideas? Host a private event at the historic Thalia Hall
while featuring live music on the main stage, enjoy Southern cuisine paired with blues music at House of Blues
, or opt for soul food and soulful sounds at Buddy Guy's Legends
With an array of award-winning restaurants, cutting edge culinary trends and iconic, only-in-Chicago specialties, it's easy to integrate unforgettable cuisine into your event. Reserve one of the luxurious private dining rooms at The Montgomery Club
, where American steakhouse classics and fresh seafood are served in vintage-inspired settings. For a modern interpretation of a classic clubhouse restaurant, opt for one of the three private dining areas at Seven Lions
(or on-site catering at your event venue), where seafood and steaks are served alongside farm-to-table specialty dishes. The Promontory
features private event space for 150 (seated) to 300 (cocktail) guests, while serving up rustic yet sophisticated fare, innovative cocktails and thoughtfully curated wines. Or, give guests a peek into Chicago's craft beer scene at Motor Row Brewing
, where brewery tours, private event space and - of course - freshly brewed beer provide the perfect spot for casual gatherings. For something fun, wacky (and kid-friendly), try an event at Dylan's Candy Bar
, featuring a colorful party room and whimsical food and drink options.
Create a fully immersive experience by harnessing the power of scent. Rejuvenate meeting attendees by hosting spa-themed breaks, offering full-service mobile spa treatments with the help of Spa In Your Space
or Chair Massage Chicago
, and integrate soothing or energizing aromatherapy options. Another option is dynamic floral design. Full-service event production and design companies - such as Ivan Carlson & Associates
or Revel Decor
- can transform your space with the dramatic floral design, pairing fresh blooms with unique containers for the ultimate effect.
Get your guests engaged - and even interacting with each other - with fun meeting activities and hands-on team building exercises. Games make for fun, friendly competition, so plan a private event at Lucky Strike
or WhirlyBall Chicago
, both of which offer experienced event coordinators to help plan your perfect event. At Maggie Daley Park
, reserve a private events space, and plan for an active experience on the rock-climbing wall, which can accommodate up to 100 climbers at a time. The Chicago Sports Museum
offers a number of private event spaces, as well as interactive exhibits, skill challenges and simulated sports experiences. Or, tap into your attendees' sense of humor with an improv workshop at The Second City
, where they can learn applicable on-the-job skills and important life lessons in a hilarious and entertaining way.