Corporate Team Building: 10 Ideas

Posted on February 13, 2017

Planning a day away from the office for team building activities is worth the time and investment. Samantha McDuffee of says, “Team bonding brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting.” Below are 10 unique and fun Chicagoland ideas to recharge and connect your team members.

1. Bad Axe Throwing
165 N. Loomis, Chicago 

Well...if you’re looking for “different”, this is it! You will have a dedicated axe throwing coach to show you the ropes and a practice session, followed by a team-based tournament. Chicago boasts the only U.S. location for this Canadian business. 

2. Mobile Escape Room 

The escape room that comes to you! A 32-foot climate-controlled trailer pulls up to your office as the challenge begins. Pop-up options for inside your office also available. Work with colleagues to solve clues, overcome obstacles and master riddles in 60 minutes of energetic fun.

3. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Michigan Avenue & Wacker Drive, Chicago 

Reward your team members with an outing on the water! Host a Murder Mystery, game show or other unique and memorable teambuilding experience. Work with a company like Murder Mystery Players and leave the planning to them. Begin with an ice-breaker before your networking cruise or turn it into a full team-building cruise. Daytime and evening cruises available.

4. Second City Works

Work with the world’s leading comedy theatre and school of improvisation. Step out of your comfort zone to help improve sales, workplace collaboration and communication, and more through interactive improv sessions. Content can be customized according to your company's specific needs.

5. Firehouse Team Building
Chicago, Schaumburg + Mobile services 

One-of-a-kind team development program featuring activities and simulations taught by real firefighters emphasizing strategy, communication and fun. Program designed around the foundation of teamwork found within the fire service every day. Go to one of their training facilities or they come to you - even the fire truck! 

6. Archery Bow Range Chicago
1757 N. Kimball, Chicago 

Work with them to customize a social, competitive or team building event for your company. 

7. Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? From city hunts and Clue (remember that board game?), to mobile hunts and photo hunts, customize your team building event with fun themes and challenges. 

8. Trapeze School New York
3158 Lakefront Trail, Chicago 

Enjoy exciting and challenging activities to bolster cooperation, efficiency and courage. A fun, experience-based workshop with a focus on entertainment or team-building. And who knows, maybe you’ll conquer a few fears along the way, too! 

9. Parties That Cook

Foster camaraderie while whipping up fun in the kitchen! Interactive group cooking events inspire teamwork and collaboration.

10. Do Good Bus
U.S. Cities

A corporate team building experience that truly gives back. The Do Good Bus whisks you and your colleagues away to a mystery site (specially selected with your company’s goals and core values in mind) to strengthen bonds - all while giving back. There is natural teambuilding in working together on the projects, but they also facilitate games and activities on and off the bus throughout the day.