According to James Cardis, director of marketing for the Aurora Area CVB, groups will find nightly entertainment there from Thursday to Saturday, including live music and a weekly comedy showcase. RiverEdge Park offers a summer concert series.

Also in Aurora, Sky Zone Trampoline Park can accommodate teams of 15 or more for activities such as trampoline basketball.

“It’s a blast,” Cardis said. “You really have to visit to appreciate the scope of the space and the pure joy of launching off a trampoline floor with a room full of your colleagues.”

In St. Charles, Arcada Theatre serves as a live-music venue that doubles as an off-site event venue for groups.

The Room Lisle, an interactive and teambonding challenge, has groups find clues to help them escape a locked room. There is also a space on-site for groups that want to add a party with refreshments after play.

“It’s a very different and unique way to collaborate with co-workers,” said Diane Homolka, executive director for the Lisle CVB. “It’s like going on a scavenger hunt.”   

The Morton Arboretum is another Lisle attraction that hosts events after-hours, including mystery dinners, craft beer tastings and Woods and Wine, during which groups will “enjoy live music, delicious food and dessert, and of course drink wine on warm summer evenings outside in Arbor Court,” Homolka said.

DuPage County offers a variety of breweries and wineries for a teambonding crawl, according to Beth Marchetti, executive director for the DuPage CVB.

“All of our locations provide great opportunities for groups to take tours and enjoy tastings,” she said, and cited Two Brother’s Tap House, Lynfred Winery and D.O.C. Wine Bar.
At Pinstripes, also in DuPage County, teams can bowl, play bocce ball and dine together.

“Pinstripes is a wonderful location for fun teambuilding activities that provide a little more than collaborating in a celebratory setting,” Marchetti said.

Chicago Southland

When groups are convening south of Chicago, they can check out Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club in action at Bridgeview-based Toyota Park, which welcomes groups of every size and has luxury boxes available for groups.

“The Chicago Fire Soccer Club offers a wonderful night out for groups with major-league fun at minor-league prices,” said Juston Teach, communications manager for the Chicago Southland CVB. “We encourage any first-time visitor to sit in Section 8 and cheer with the best fans in the league.”

The group-friendly Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, which hosts private events and crafts award-winning beers, is part brewpub and part train museum.

“With amazing food and world-renowned craft beers, this long-standing institute in the Chicago Southland is perfect for groups large and small,” Teach said.

One of the best events after a day of meetings in the Heritage Corridor is a progressive dinner called the Trolley Trio, according to Dan Mulka, marketing manager for the Heritage Corridor CVB.

“Everyone begins the journey boarding a trolley at Starved Rock Lodge,” he said. “Groups get to experience the nightlife at three different locations, with transportation taking them from place to place.”

The first stop is August Hill Winery, second stop is The Lone Buffalo (by Tangled Roots Brewing Co.) and the final stop for dessert is back at the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.   

And Bolingbrook’s iPic Theater and Salt Sports Bar, according to Mulka, will satisfy different personalities in the group.  

“The foodie will enjoy the great menu, and everyone can have a great signature cocktail,” he said. “If attendees want to see a movie, they’ll enjoy the very plush seating. Or they can skip the movie and either shoot pool or watch the big game.”