The best team-building activities are interactive and get everyone excited to work together. Think outside the box and build rapport with fun Chicago team-bonding outings that include everything from thrilling adventures to friendly games of competition. Here are five ideas for team-building activities in Chicago to get you started.
Ping-pong is a great, casual icebreaker that immediately gets your attendees active. The 18,000 square-foot River North social club has 20 ping-pong tables, two private lounges, a ping-pong patio, and center-court seating with a DJ booth. For a fun surprise, brand the ping-pong balls with your company’s logo. Serve shareable foods like Oaxacan nachos, sliders, and sweet potato waffle fries. SPIN CHICAGO can host private events for 600+ people.
Lucky Strike Lanes
Slip on a pair of bowling shoes for a little friendly competition and team building at Lucky Strike Lanes. Smaller groups can rent the six-lane private room or billiards room, and full buyouts accommodate 1,200 guests. Lucky Strike Lanes sets the hip scene with live DJs, luxe modern decor, and handcrafted cocktails. Choose from a menu of small plates that include tacos and poutine (fries smothered with gravy and toppings like cheese curds).
Turn your event into a super-secret mission at EscapeHouse Chicago, where attendees work together in teams to solve clues and crack codes to free themselves from an elaborate escape room. Afterwards, hang out in the funky spy-themed SafeHouse restaurant/bar that features real espionage memorabilia (including the flight deck from a WWII spy plane) and a nightly appearance by a magician. Private event space is available for groups of 12 or larger, with required event menus/packages.
The thrill and excitement of indoor skydiving at iFLY can create an instant connection and build camaraderie, even for team members who may not know each other very well. Pair up team members so they can soar together and share in the exhilaration of flying in an indoor vertical wind tunnel. Customizable packages can include everything from transportation and catering to personalized flight certificates for each attendee.
No matter their sports background, everyone is on an even playing field during WhirlyBall, an innovative game that combines lacrosse and bumper cars. Up to 10 people at a time can play in souped-up bumper cars (called WhirlyBugs) equipped with scoops and wiffle balls. There’s also bowling and laser tag for even more on-site sporting options that are sure to promote team bonding. Book the private VIP space and relax on the rooftop terrace after the game with finger foods like pizza and burgers, along with craft beers and signature cocktails such as the WhirlyPunch.
Game Night Out
This isn’t just any old game night.Game Night Out offers a new opportunity to connect with family, friends, or co-workers, to showcase your knowledge, compete head-to-head and work as a team. You and a group of 6 to 16 friends, family, or colleagues compete head-to-head, in teams, during a private 2-hour experience of all original party games. Each game moves fast, keeps you on your toes, and requires you to think quickly and work as a team. A host guides the experience, introducing you to the games, explaining the rules, encouraging competition, and keeping the experience on track and full of fun.