Punch Bowl Social

5 Chicago team building experiences

From a friendly game of darts to an all-out axe throwing competition, your attendees will have so much fun learning to work as a team and forge deeper work relationships.

Shuffleboard with a vintage Florida vibe is at the heart of Royal Palms Shuffleboard Chicago. Book a cabana party for groups of 10 or more, which includes a mandatory beverage package for all guests. A Royal Palms crew member will provide a free lesson, then it’s off to the regulation-sized shuffleboard courts. Catering can be arranged through a rotating roster of food trucks that include Big Star (next-level tacos) and The Fat Shallot (known for its truffle BLT sandwich). Guests can enjoy tropical drinks and listen to live DJs on the roof deck pre- or post-game.

Flight Club
©Flight Club

Groups of up to 500 can indulge in some friendly competition at Flight Club, the first American outpost of the British social darts club dedicated to the UK’s favorite pub sport. A games master will look after your group and can arrange team tournaments. Don’t worry about keeping score — dartboard sensors will take care of that for you. And everyone can celebrate their colleague’s win when video of their winning throw is shown in instant replay. Sample botanical cocktails and shared snacks like mini poke tacos and cotton candy (try the rosé flavor) amidst a kitschy atmosphere in a sleek modern building overlooking the Chicago River and award-winning Chicago Riverwalk.

Punch Bowl Social Chicago
©Punch Bowl Social Chicago

At Punch Bowl Social, games make for the perfect icebreaker. Rent a VR lounge, bowling lanes, or a karaoke room. Or challenge your attendees to a game of ping-pong or pool. There’s also plenty of old-school arcade and video games to up the fun ante. Arrange a buffet with comfort food like homemade chicken and waffles, or pass shareable plates such as fried bologna-and-cheese sandwiches and lobster-bacon fries.

Put a lumberjack spin on your next team building event at Bad Axe Throwing. Your attendees will take their best shots at hitting a wooden bullseye with a flying axe at this indoor throwing facility. No experience is required, and an expert coach will be on hand to instruct your group in safe axe throwing techniques and host a fun tournament.

Blind Dragon
Blind Dragon ©Anthony Tahlier

Rent a private karaoke suite for your group at the Blind Dragon in FOUND Chicago hotel in River North. The Asian-themed karaoke lounge is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based h.wood Group, owners of the trendy Bootsy Bellows nightclub. Exotic cocktails like the Shogun Assassin (mixed with vodka, ginger beer and Thai chili for a spicy kick) can be upgraded to punch bowl size for sharing. A selection of more than 25,000 songs and an amped-up sound system guarantee that everyone in your group will want to step up to the mic and belt out a tune or two.

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