Top Ways to Explore Chicago Southland Before and After Meetings
By Kim Kislowski published October 05, 2017
After an action-packed day filled with meetings, everyone deserves relaxation and fun. From networking opportunities at a local brewery to arriving early to enjoy some free time or staying after the conference to cheer on one of our many sports teams, our area is filled with places to discover.
Here’s a look at the fun your attendees can have before, after and during their stay in the Chicago Southland.
Come Early, Stay Late
Bring the family along for the trip and arrive a few days early or stay an extra day or two to explore the sights. Live like a local and check out one of our 800 festivals and events taking place throughout the year. From farmers markets to art festivals and more—there’s something for everyone here.
Soak up some culture and watch a show during your time in the Chicago Southland. The Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park is an outdoor music venue, open May through September, and is perfect for enjoying a night out under the stars. Interested in exploring the local art scene? Visit Union Street Gallery and Art Studios to view different works of art from local and regional artists or explore Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park to connect with the landscape.
Root for the Home Team
Treat your group to an off-site event and cheer on the home team at a Chicago Fire soccer match or at a Chicago White Sox baseball game at Guaranteed Rate Field. For a unique thrill, take your attendees to an equestrian competition at HITS Balmoral Park, where they will see horses flying high as they jump over obstacles.
And there’s no better way to seal a business deal than on the golf course. Tee off with your attendees at one of the 35 courses in the area. From the challenging 9 holes at Fountain Hills Golf Club to Silver Lake Country Club with 45 holes—hit a hole-in-one with a business meeting outside.
Enjoy a Pint While You Network
Bring the business cards and get to know fellow conference attendees over a pint at one of the area’s local craft breweries. Sample the selection of seasonal brews at Hailstorm Brewing Co., and grab a bite to eat with your pint at the 350 Brewing Company in Tinley Park. Relax after a day of meetings and sip on beers created with natural ingredients at Evil Horse Brewing Company. Non-beer drinkers just may convert when they taste the inventive and unique brews at Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery.