3 Ways to Entertain Summer Associates in Chicago

By Jenny Berg May 19, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

City Provisions' farm trip

Photo: Christina Noel

Here are new ways to entertain, feed, and treat summer associates and interns.

1. Artistic Outing
“Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy”—a collection of mobiles, paintings, drawings, and sculptures will be on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art from June 26 through October 17. The artist behind Chicago’s iconic “Flamingo” sculpture, Calder is perhaps best known for his mobiles. The museum will offer private tours for groups of 15 or more for $15 to $20 per person.

2. Fresh Air and Fresh Food
Local catering firm City Provisions’ farm trips are newly available to corporate groups. The outings begin at a pickup location of the host’s choice, where a biodiesel bus collects as many as 50 guests and travels to farms in Illinois, Michigan, or Wisconsin. While en route, guests get snacks and beer from a local brewery. On the farm, activities include a 60-minute tour, a five-course dinner, and a bonfire. Cost per head ranges from $150 to $250.

3. Pre-Game Bites
Based in Detroit, Leo’s Coney Island opened its first Chicago location in February. About half a mile from Wrigley Field, the restaurant dishes out a casual menu of hot dogs, fries, burgers, and chili; Greek specialties are also available. The venue seats 100 inside; in warmer weather, a patio will seat an additional 60. Full and partial buyouts are available. 

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