The Hottest New Trend for Employee-Only Summer Company Outings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in Chicago, especially. It’s finally summer, and that means your summer company outings are just around the corner!

While the thought of planning an event may cause some individuals to recoil in panic, here’s the good news:

  1. There is a really cool new trend in employee-only events for summer
  2. You don’t have to do any of the planning (we can do it for you)

Now that you’ve relaxed a little, let’s take a look at this new trend and what it could mean for your summer company outings.

Introducing the “Un-Picnic”

Unique, trendy and completely unexpected, the Un-Picnic is what’s happening this year in Chicago. It’s all about unique experiences and one-of-a-kind environments that showcase the summer weather.

Sound interesting? Here are a few ways we’re doing the Un-Picnic this season:

Rooftops, Patios and Outdoor Private Spaces

Here at WCF Events, we have several working relationships with the hottest new restaurants and private venues that offer outdoor space. Our arsenal of the best Chicago rooftop spaces, private patios and exclusive courtyards, paired with our event expertise, is a combination that is hard to beat.

Whatever your ideal setting, WCF Events will find the perfect venue and take care of all of the details including menus, bar packages, and any additional entertainment if desired. It’s the perfect event to get coworkers together in a trendy, casual, fun setting while enjoying the amazing Chicago Summer!




The True “Un-Picnic”

Each summer, WCF Events hosts about 150 traditional summer picnics with and without families. It allows for the fun, outdoor activities for the kids and also allows for mingling over good food and drinks for the adults.

For companies that are gearing their summer company outings towards employee-only events and want something less traditional, why not go “un-picnic” and utilize the picnic grounds in a totally different way.

Instead of relay races, we host giant board games like Giant Jenga and Giant Chess. Instead of just serving beer and soda, choose a full open bar with fun, summer-themed cocktails. Instead of the usual burgers and hotdogs, choose a menu that is more “foodie” friendly.

We can easily transform any outdoor grounds into your very own company festival or beer garden with the same great view of the city!

For those that still lean towards the more traditional picnic, themes are a perfect way to put a new twist on the annual event!


Welcome to Camp “Your Company Name Here”!

Think classic summer picnic meets team building meets summer camp! This is a perfect nostalgic theme to shake up the annual company barbecue. The tent becomes the rec hall with classic camp foods like mac and cheese and burgers.







Field of Dreams

Another way to go “un-picnic” this year is to make a company softball tournament the focus on of your next summer outing – complete with a collegiate softball field, hotdogs and beer!








Everyone enjoys beer, pretzels and bratwurst! Turn your summer picnic into your very own Oktoberfest celebration – an even better idea if you can’t get a summer outing on the books until the end of summer.







Learn More

For more information, visit our company picnics page or send us a message online.

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