Where to Have an Icebreaking Party in Chicago

Now that most of us have #RTO (returned to office), it’s time we get to know our co-workers. Sure, you could schedule 1:1s with your direct reports but if you really want to bond, an icebreaker party is a great solution. People feel more at ease when there’s shuffleboard or bowling involved. And, of course, a few cocktails always help! Check out the best places for an icebreaking party in Chicago.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard

1750 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

If you’ve never played shuffleboard, this insta-worthy space is the place to be. With over 20,000 square footage of seating and games, your team will be having jiving in no time! Shuffle with the best or just hang out, grab a drink, and play some board games.



838 W Kinzie St. Chicago, IL 60642


Nestled in hip Fulton Market, Recess offers a playful escape to the daily grind. Home of Chicago’s largest patio, Recess encourages patrons to adult…like a kid, while serving up top-notch food and drinks. Check out the giant Jenga, Connect 4, and all your favorite board games from childhood. 

Fox in a Box

47 W Polk Street, Ste L5. Chicago, IL 60605

Who doesn’t love an escape room? This incredible team building activity will get you working together in no time. Each room is designed for 3-6 people with 60 minutes of fun. The folks at Fox in a Box can host up to 35 people simultaneously, so bring your whole crew.

Lucky Strike Social

1027 W Addison St. Chicago, IL 60613

Think: bowling but elevated. Lucky Strike Downtown Chicago has 18 lanes, 6 ping pong tables, 11 billiard tables, multiple TV screens, 130 deluxe arcade games and a late night kitchen serving up delicious drinks and mouthwatering food just steps from the historic Navy Pier.

Flight Club

111 W Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601

Three words: unexpected, ridiculous, joy. That’s what you find at this social dart venue. With space for up to 500 people, Flight Club knows how to dial up the fun. Plus, their food and drink packages make it all affordable!


1825 W Webster Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Ever heard of Whirlyball? It’s unique, easy, and ridiculously fun! You’ll first want to grab your scoop which looks like a mini lacrosse stick. Then you’ll pick your whirlybug (essentially a bumper car). And then? Game on with your co-workers!

Punch Bowl Social

310 N Green St. Chicago, IL 60607

Need space for a crowd? Punch Bowl Social fits the bill with 30,000 square feet of fun. Grab some food and drinks while mingling with colleagues over ping pong, bowling, shuffleboard and more.

First Ascent

multiple locations

What’s a better way to break the ice as you watch your new coworkers dangling off the wall or screaming and refusing to jump down 60ft with auto-belay? You can also book a corporate party in their separate, newbie-friendly area (no 60ft walls tho) with drinks and bites! With multiple location across Chicago, I’m sure you’ll find one that’s closer to your office.

Five Iron Golf

609 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Did we mention you can slam monsters with this indoor golf heaven? Well, yes you can. Feel free to read our review for Five Iron Golf, or check out the programs on their website. For golf vets and enthusiastic, you can book a company party filled with hardcore standoffs and choose from their wide variety of play modes and golf clubs!

Featured Image: Punch Bowl Social

About Author