Chicago hotels are inviting meeting attendees to bust a move with new fitness programs that really stretch the limits of breakout sessions.

JW Marriott Chicago recently launched the “Fit Meetings” program, exclusively tailored to meeting participants. It offers a choice of three breakout enhancements that focus on meditation, posture and boosting energy or three longer-format fitness classes led by the spa’s Nike-certified personal trainers. Groups of up to 200 are welcome. 

InterContinental Chicago is overcoming that afternoon slump with more mindful exercises. The new “Get Centered” program is through a partnership with CorePower Yoga and allows guests a complimentary week pass to a nearby studio as well as a mat to use throughout the stay.  

As part of its new Signature Event offerings, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park begins the day with a Morning Bike Tour. Guests are able to rent a set of wheels and then bike along the lakefront at their own pace. Upon returning, bottled water, a chilled towel and a healthy menu of fresh juices and seed mixes will be waiting. 

Jennifer Dalsbo, recreation sales manager for Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, just north of the Illinois border in Wisconsin, shares her best advice for planning a golf outing for a group.

 

Z BAR, the globally inspired cocktail lounge atop The Peninsula overlooking Michigan Avenue, offers customized batch cocktails for groups in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere. The individual responsible for dreaming up and preparing these communal beverages is Vlad Novikov, who’s official title is director of cocktails and culture. Novikov’s travels frequently inform his mixology.