After-hours opportunities include
celebrating the day’s business over a
locally made meal and adult beverage,
enjoying an active pursuit with
co-workers, ranging from indoor
skydiving to jumping on
trampolines, and taking in a
performance, whether it’s a
night of soccer or stand-up
Chicago’s North Shore
is home to several robust
ties, including Skokie and Evanston.
For evening outings, groups should
check the schedule of performances at
North Shore Center for the Performing
Arts in Skokie, which offers group sales for
tickets to plays, concerts, stand-up comedy
and more. The venue is also available for
In Evanston, groups can toast the day’s
meetings at Sketchbook Brewing Co., Temperance Beer Co., or Few Spirits, a purveyor of whiskey and gin that accommodates
private tours and tastings.
Lake County is also home to a distillery, the Green Oaks-based North Shore
Distillery, where groups can unwind at the
end of the day over a cocktail made with
handcrafted vodka, gin or absinthe.
Vernon Hills-based WhirlyBall, a
sport that combines basketball, hockey,
lacrosse and bumper cars, is another
option for after-hours fun, according to
Jonathan S. Jones, marketing communications coordinator at Visit Lake County.
The facility also offers laser tag, video
games and pool tables.
In the Chicago Northwest region, groups
Chicago’s suburbs, from the North Shore to Southland, are
will find several entertaining venues for
more excitement after a day of business.
Private events complete with food and
beverages are accommodated at Topgolf
Wood Dale, where the signature game in-
volves driving a golf ball to hit a target; the
Schaumburg-based Level 257 for bowling,
ping pong and video games; and Punch
Bowl Social, also in Schaumburg, where
groups can bowl and perform karaoke.
Rosemont MB Financial Park is a
200,000-square-foot entertainment and
dining complex that’s home to, among
others, Big Ten Experience, an interactive
attraction highlighting Big Ten college
sports, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Zanies Com-
edy Club and Joe’s Live, a music venue.
“MB Financial Park is also home to a
variety of seasonal events, including a free
summer concert series and free ice-skat-
ing during the winter months,” said Chris
Stephens, executive director of the Donald
E. Stephens Convention Center. “There’s
something for everyone and all venues
offer great packages available for groups.”
positively hopping with
fun experiences for groups
when the sun sets.
RIVEREDGE PARK, AURORA
By The Chicago Suburbs buzz with after-hours diversions
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