Other teambonding options throughout
the state include culinary and arts-inspired
challenges, learning the skills of circus
performers and engaging in an improv
workshop created by the same company
that produced American treasure Tina Fey.
When convening in the “Windy City,”
groups can tap into an experience that
aligns them with the likes of Ms. Fey, Alan
Alda and Bill Murray via an event with
Second City, the famous comedy club and
school of improvisation.
“Creating in teams is really, really hard,
especially teams of high performers,” said
Second City’s Kelly Leonard, executive
director of insights and applied improvisa-
tion. “But Second City has developed a very
specific and practical pedagogy to make
teams excel. And those skills are fully trans-
Participating in a Second City team-
building workshop, he added, will arm
people with techniques for successful
collaboration in the workplace.
Teambuilding events with cooking
school The Chopping Block are fun, inspiring and interactive, according to the company’s marketing manager, Andrea Miller.
“We firmly believe that cooking brings
people together,” she said. “Not only will
your team learn cooking skills they can use
in their own kitchens at home, they will
learn how to effectively communicate and
Led by experienced chefs trained to
engage and inspire, each event’s topics
and objectives are customized to meet the
group’s goals, schedule and budget.
“We will work with you to concoct the
perfect menu and experience for your
team,” Miller said. “A professional kitchen
setting brings people together, gets them
working as a team, and in the end you
get to enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner
Two physical teambuilding options
await groups in Chicago’s North Shore,
including the Evanston, Ill.-based Actor’s
“They teach circus arts and performance
skills on-site or off-site,” said Gina Speckman, executive director for Chicago’s North
Performers from Actor’s Gymnasium,
including aerialists, stilt walkers and con-
tortionists, are also available to entertain
At Northbrook, Ill.-based Athletico
Center, a multiuse sports/events center
that also accommodates group functions,
teambuilding activities can be arranged to
increase problem-solving skills and bolster
An Amazing Race-inspired game is one
option, as well as indoor company picnics
during which groups can engage in play.
“Any program can be custom-created to
meet specific goals,” Speckman said.
Greater St. Charles is “teeming with
group interactivity via arts and entertainment,” according to Vikki J. Myers, destination marketing and community relations
manager for the Greater St. Charles CVB.
“Venues like All Things Art Studio, The
Painted Vine Cellar and Fine Line Cre-
ative Arts Center host teams that want to
develop works of art guided by celebrated
instructors and passionate artists,” she said.
“And the interac-
tion of groups in
ies is a new and
found in our local
Groups can escape to Illinois for a meeting. Or at least check out a
local escape room, which
is all the rage as far as
go in the Prairie State.
SECOND CITY, CHICAGO
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
THE COOKERY, MORTON