Food brings people together. Inspire team building by gathering everyone for some fun around a prep table! We encourage friendly competition at our events so teams compete in challenges to win bonus ingredients. Of course taste testing is also a requirement! We hope you get inspired to try some of these mouthwatering activities! Pizza, Pizza, Pizza is a Chicago favorite! Teams come up with some interesting combinations from spicy chorizo to sweet pineapple and bacon…the results are delicious. We enjoy this theme for locals as well as visitors as a great way to introduce a Chicago staple. Pizza is one item that pretty much everyone enjoys and it’s fun to see what will win over the judges. Speaking of spicy,[…]

With Easter five weeks away, parents everywhere are planning their kids’ scavenger hunts this year. Using those small real chocolate eggs (and/or the colourful plastic ones too). And kids everywhere are excited to be on the search to collect the most eggs e-ver (or at least for this year!). With the Spring (officially arrives March 20th!) weather nearing, CEI offers a variety of scavenger hunts for all those “big kids at heart” out there. From Elvis Has Left The Building to 80’s Time Machine, there are plenty of team-building activities that will fit your corporate objectives. With The Hunt for Sam & Frank; A Culinary Adeventure, you get to scour all over town as teams to solve clues in finding[…]

What’s the purpose of your next team-oriented event? How do you want your team members to come together? We came across this book, SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, that helps event meeting professionals to answer such questions. According to New York Times best-selling author, Christine Comaford, she helps to explain the significance between team-building and team bonding attributes. Comaford says “We use a team-building event in order to further the ability to work together.” She adds that “gaining new skills, fostering trust, shifting behaviors and designing a shared future are characteristics of a team-building event. We are investing in building and enhancing the performance of the team.” While Comaford explains “team bonding is an opportunity to build deeper relationships,[…]

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015! Don’t let the snow, slush, gusty wind and cold weather stop you from taking your team outdoors this winter. Get out there and teambuild! CEI offers a lot of outdoor events (as well as indoor for all you hibernators!). Consider booking any of the following to get your team venturing in the cool, crisp, fresh frosty air. Picture This! Photo and Scavenger Hunt – Each team will receive a package including (1) a list of theme photos to be taken, (2) unique items to collect, (3) an instant photo camera and (4) a team mascot that must be included in all photos. Traveling within specified boundaries, teams will strive to capture the perfect photos and[…]

September is here! Adios Summer…. it was nice while it lasted …. now Fall moves in. Welcome hot bowls of homemade chili and soups, wooly socks and knitted sweaters (again!). And with the official start of Fall three weeks away, come thoughts of planning the Holiday Party and/or Employee Appreciation event. It’s that time of the year to recognize all the hard work and efforts your fellow employees have contributed over the business year. CEI can help! There are so many teambuilding activities for employees to indulge in (instead of the usual sit down dinner). Get your employees (and their guests) to partake in cooking or dessert making or an outdoor ice skate fest ….. Get them interacting with each[…]