No conference is complete without the perfect venue to comfortably hold engaging meetings by day, and exciting options for mingling and enjoying time off by night. Meeting planners choose Chicago Northwest for many reasons—its convenience, its dining options, its convention center—but it’s the following venues for after-hours entertainment that make Chicago Northwest a sure bet.
Forget about technology and research and step back to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for an exhilarating dinner and show. Medieval Spain comes to life in an 11th century setting that combines steel, brawn and horses to reenact lively battles and competitions. Choose from three different packages with special discounts and group rates, and dive into a four-course meal as you view a two-hour medieval jousting tournament with real weapons, galloping horses, six competing knights and a live flight of the royal falcon. Trade all your professional daytime cares for a blast from the past full of beauty, grace and strength from an entirely different century.
You may not associate thoroughbreds and racing with the Chicago area, but Arlington International provides entertainment and betting for after-hours fun, and is an ideal place to hold off-season corporate events and holiday parties. Live racing begins in May, but visit Mr. D’s sports bar anytime to make bets and watch your favorite sports teams in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a few drinks with newfound friends. Arlington International may be known for world-class thoroughbred racing, but the original intent of the facility was to hold festivals, concerts, conferences and meetings, making it a great location for both business and pleasure.
Plus, when your meetings are held at Arlington International, you’ll get reservation access to on-track dining experiences unlike any other. Choose from fancy and fun to more affordable, casual options.
The name may be misleading—Topgolf is a fun-filled venue for even the most inexperienced golfer. With the ability to house private events and provide laidback competition between guests, Topgolf is a fantastic location to hold a conference or relax after a day full of classes. With a full service bar, competitive atmosphere and yummy menu items for between-swings munching, attendees are bound to be impressed, entertained and full at the end of the day.
Each guest can choose their favorite game depending on their level of expertise. Hit balls into any target with the signature Topgolf game, or the most powerful and experienced drivers can take on the TopDrive challenge and aim to hit the farthest targets. Take it really easy on the miniature golf course with 18 holes of challenges and amusement. No matter what game is chosen, participants enjoy a relaxed evening of fun in a bay or room personalized for their needs, good food and an atmosphere that lends itself to meeting new friends and associates. Plus—with the exception of mini golf—guests can golf in any season, rain or shine. Go try your best Rory McIlroy!
For a classic Chicago activity, take ’em out to the ballgame! If you can’t make it to Wrigley Field, the Schaumburg Boomers are the next best thing. Complete with group discounts, hot dogs, peanuts and beer, a Boomers Baseball game is laidback fun. Schedule a catered picnic before the game, then reserve a luxury suite to give you the best of outdoor baseball combined with a quiet space to get to know each other and interact from inning to inning. Baseball fan or not, an outing to the Boomers Baseball stadium is a guaranteed good time.
For work parties of the best kind, choose Level 257, which combines the old-fashioned fun of playing games with a sophisticated place to drink, eat and socialize. Inspired by PAC-MAN, Level 257 is a 42,000-square-foot playground with bowling, and board and arcade games for everyone. The name comes from the glitch in level 256 of the PAC-MAN game, as Level 257 gives competitors a chance to enter the next realm of game playing and mingling. With rounds of boutique bowling and the Lost & Found Game Lounge with drinks, music, a fireplace and a selection of board games, play all day!
No matter what type of group, the Chicago area has some of the best options when it comes to planning conferences or entertainment between meetings. Create an event that attendees will remember and want to come back to when you choose Chicago Northwest as your locale.