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10 Best Team Building Activities in Chicago That Don’t Suck!


We’re back! And here to help you find and book an enticing team building activity, once again – although this time, in Chicago. To save you time researching, we’re providing you with a list of unbiased options. It’s been proven that regularly scheduled, outside of the office activities can boost effectiveness, productivity, satisfaction, and success amongst teams. Let’s test out your collaborative problem-solving skills in a low stakes environment! See below list to explore some exciting Chicago team building options that truly run the gamut. Bring out the fun, friendly competitive sides in your co-workers. Don’t stress, we have you in good hands.


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food tour of Chicago at the Chop Shop food tasting

The Chop Shop on Sidewalk Food Tour’s Wicker Park Food Tour



1. Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago 

There’s no better way to see the sights and hidden gems of the city than through this walking tour. Learn the history, culture, architecture of neighborhoods up close and personal, with tastes from the best of the best mom and pop restaurants, hard-to-find foods trucks, or age old favorite spots. (Offered in multiple cities throughout the US.)


a group of people standing around a long table cooking

Get in the kitchen and learn something new!


2. Take a Group Cooking Class!

Share your passion for cooking! With training, ingredients, and master chef guidance, the power of food can bring you together. From seafood to salad, the theme is yours for the choosing.


golden dice rolling on game night

Are the odds in your favor?


3. Game Night Out

Compete with original party games during a private 2-hour experience. A host leads the group, explains the rules, manages player conduct, and encourages competition. The games constantly change and make for a good laugh! Better yet, it’s BYOB.


bowling balls with bowling lanes in the background

Take you shot at your best ‘Alley Cats Strike’ impression.


4. Aim for a Strike at an Italian Bistro

Bowling meets Bocce meets Italian bistro – the combination makes for a relaxed, enjoyable team vibe. You can book a bowling lane or bocce court, followed by a sit-down bistro dinner. Great group package offerings!


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Fox-in-a-box-escape-game Chicago

5. Fox in a Box

Use your problem-solving skills and imagination, while getting to know your teammates, to escape the room. Whether zombies, clowns, vampires, or another theme of the like, take your pick!


Escape Room Map

Who will find the next clue?


6. Get Competitive for a Scavenger Hunt

Take an exciting, self-guided scavenger hunt tour powered by your smartphone. You earn points as you solve clues and complete challenges. You can start your adventure at any time and move at your own pace. Complete fun photo challenges, test your local trivia knowledge, solve complicated riddles – all drawing you closer together! The Chicago Loop Scavenger Hunt is a favorite!


a person standing next to a body of water

Nostalgic camp vibes!


7. Camp No Counselors

You may need slightly longer than just one night…but located under 3 hours away from Chicago, this amazing property has cabins and offers a full adult camp experience. It’s the perfect getaway for chillin’ out! Worth considering for a weekend team outing! It’s also a solid idea to use this team building trip if your team hits a goal.


fun chicago team building

Museum Hack Hero of Chicago is a lot of Fun!


8. Museum Hack

Curate your VIP tour with “insider” stories about art and galleries. Pick your theme, museum, and head on off on your guided time travel journey! (Offered in multiple cities throughout the US.)


A statue in a museum of a person hugging themselves with their head buried in their arms

Explore some of the most iconic museums


9. Chicago TikiBoat

An unforgettable party boat experience on Lake Michigan – BYOB, Bluetooth stereo, ice machine, grill, floaties, waterslide – you make it what you want it to be. There are boats for 12 people and a boat for 20 people. It’s a neat way to get outside and celebrate the achievements of you crew!


a bridge over a river in a city

The Tikiboat!


10. Get crafty!

Plan a craft workshop at Indigo & Violet Studio and focus on unique handmade projects in a low key studio environment. Whether novice or experience, from paint to paper to yarn to flowers, these projects suit all!


a person sitting at a table painting

There are many different types of crafts!