Can a Wellness Retreat benefit your Brand?

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Can a Wellness Retreat benefit your Brand?

The idea of a company retreat to restore your employees’ peace of mind has lots of companies jumping on board. If you can refocus your team and get paid for a day of relaxation, why not participate? Company culture is a huge focus for those looking to change jobs and those weighing the benefits of their current company. Here are some ways you can show your employees you care about their well-being without straying from your company vision.

Take a Poll - No matter your company size, give all team members the chance for their voice to be heard. In your early planning stages, send out an email asking who would be willing to participate in a wellness retreat with the team and what ideas they have to make it unique. This way, you can start to feel out the group and put together a planning team to share the responsibilities that go into planning and off-site retreat.

Incorporate all levels - When you begin your planning process, make sure all age groups and levels of seniority are represented in your planning meetings. Newer members of the team might bring up excellent ideas that more senior members would not think of and vice versa. While the idea of a retreat is to get people out of the ordinary, you want to make sure everyone is comfortable with the activities being offered.  

Another way to diversify the day is to offer different types of sessions at the same time. Some members of the team might not be giddy about goat yoga, so offer a second, less adventurous option to make sure all team members feel engaged and acknowledged.

When is the right time to plan a retreat?

Many companies offer health challenges throughout the year to motivate the team to stay active. Why not take a day to help your employees jumpstart their fitness routine or help them stay motivated in the middle of the challenge? Search for companies that offer group fitness classes to have a little fun with the team.

A big company restructure might leave team members feeling a little out of sorts. Participating in a fitness-related, team-focused activity could help smooth out any growing pains and build bonds to move the team forward. Look into “Amazing Race” or relay-style events to help team members learn how to work together!

We know not everyone has the time or budget to travel off site. If your company is coming up on the end of a stressful business deal or a particularly busy quarter, try something like in-office massages to eliminate stress and boost productivity. 

Find a space that sticks to your core values - Not all companies are the same, so finding a space that echoes your company’s voice matters. If your company is all about getting outdoors and you host a retreat in a conference center with no windows, chances are it won’t be as accepted as if you hosted it at a nature preserve. If your company is all about becoming more environmentally aware and sustainable, a place like Greenhouse Loft, which is LEED platinum certified, may be right up your alley.

Whatever your company stands for, make sure it is represented throughout the event – including the space in which it is held.

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Team Building with PepsiCo

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Team Building with PepsiCo

Last week we had 180 members of PepsiCo in our space for a lively and inspiring team building meeting. Members of the team left feeling energized and excited about their upcoming projects and loved getting to know colleagues from different teams throughout the day. We sat back and looked at what components made this meeting a success. Here is what we found!

Choosing the right venue
Katie Corsentino, eCommerce Marketing Lead, North American Nutrition at PepsiCo chose Greenhouse Loft without a doubt. The team was looking for a venue with the ability to hold their large 180-person team with additional space for casual networking and dining throughout the day.

“What makes Greenhouse Loft unique for a corporate event is how open, airy, and sunlit the room is, as well as access to outdoor green space.  We also love that Greenhouse Loft has flexibility in room layouts and seating options that range from formal to casual, and that is what will keep us [PepsiCo] coming back to Greenhouse Loft for future events.”

Make it Yours
Team building in an off-site location is way more fun when you see personalized touches from your company around. Some examples we have seen include branded swag (pens, koozies, phone accessories), bringing the company mascot along or decking out the space with branded banners or static clings. PepsiCo brought their own drinks and snacks for team members to try and had personalized name tags ready to go for each attendee!

Switch it Up
Changing the scenery throughout the day is an excellent way to keep the meeting fresh and keep everyone engaged. If your meeting is in the warmer months, making use of our outdoor garden is a popular choice! Eating lunch outside or even sending team members outside for a scavenger hunt will give everyone a much needed breath of fresh air. For PepsiCo’s meeting, we did a room swap mid day to transition from their morning presentation to their afternoon team building exercise. Take a look at the change in our images below!

Hire Professionals
One thing we’ve seen work extremely well is outsourcing team building companies who specialize in running team building meetings. Katie reflected on their decision to hire Fusion, a corporate team building company, “Fusion was tasked with leading our team through ice-breakers and a larger team-building event in the afternoon.  Watching our entire team work together to build a bridge out of cardboard and then seeing the golf cart drive across the bridge successfully was an extremely rewarding experience for all of us to have together.”

Check out some images from their fun-filled meeting below!
 

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How to Plan a Successful Off-site Meeting

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How to Plan a Successful Off-site Meeting

We’ve all been there. Our company has out-of-town colleagues coming in town and a full day of meetings planned to make the most of the face-to-face time. 8am to 8pm can sound like quite the daunting day. However, mixing up the location and some of the seemingly mundane details could really spice up the meeting and make it one to remember. Here are some of our top tips from past successful meetings to help you do just that. 

Plan ahead
It might seem like you can throw together a meeting in a day or two, especially if you’ve organized them in the past.  However, planning out your details in advance gives you time to iron out any tricky details. The team at Greenhouse Loft makes a point to collaborate with all vendors involved and ensure everyone’s timelines are synched.

Make it beneficial (and fun) for everyone
If you’re bringing in multiple departments from your company, plan breakout sessions to give each department time to touch base and work on their projects. When the breakout session is complete, the room can be rearranged for a large group activity Customize your floor plan to make it work for you. 

Fuel the team
Who doesn’t love a good lunch spread on an off-site meeting day? We love the options our caterers provide for business meetings. Whether you’re looking for an excellent sandwich spread, an array of salads or a full buffet, our caterers can do it all! Ask about turn key catering options for breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. We can also provide coffee, tea and grab-n-go snacks throughout the day to ensure your team can stay sharp and on track to success.

Plan some downtime
Think about when your team is the most productive. Nine times out of 10, mornings are best for capturing innovative ideas and getting new information across. Make sure to plan breaks so your employees can use the restroom, refuel or just get some fresh air. Cocktails in the garden at the end of the day can be a perfect way to cap off the meeting and create some team bonding opportunities. 


Let Greenhouse Loft host your next off-site meeting and you get a dedicated venue manager to make sure everything runs smoothly!

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Let's Shed a Little Light...

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Let's Shed a Little Light...

If you’re thinking about creative ways to boost productivity for your business, why not book an off-site meeting at Greenhouse Loft? We have floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of our space, with tons of natural light streaming in. Paired with our rooftop garden, gorgeous reclaimed hardwood floors and above average indoor air quality, our warm and inviting environment will help you exceed your meeting goals.

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5 Ways to Green Your Next Meeting

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5 Ways to Green Your Next Meeting

Greenhouse Loft can enhance your green efforts with all of the ways we work behind the scenes to ensure your meeting or event is environmentally friendly. Holding your meeting or corporate event at a sustainable venue like Greenhouse Loft will put your meeting above the rest.

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Empowerment through Improv

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Empowerment through Improv

 Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography

Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography


Wondering how to make your event stand out in the crowd? Maybe a little improv is the way to go. When Anna Clarke, Regional Field Marketing Manager at LUNA Bar, was planning her event, she knew Greenhouse Loft was the perfect place to hold it. With a ton of natural light streaming in and the adaptability of the indoor and outdoor space, she had been wanting to plan an event here for quite some time and now she had the perfect opportunity.

Anna’s “Empowerment through Improv” event hosted roughly 40 women - thought leaders, business owners, anyone who could benefit from getting away from their daily routine and out of their comfort zone. She worked with Second City and brought in a couple of their trainers to work with this group of women and show them a lighter approach to life.

The group took advantage of Greenhouse Loft’s mid-century furniture and set up comfortable chairs in a circle to promote collaboration. The Second City trainers did a combination of improv acting and written activities.  Everyone was moving around, up and out of their seats, and collaborating with others. The energy of the day was undeniable. 

With Greenhouse Loft's on-site venue manager handling all of the details, Anna could enjoy the day with the rest of her team. They hosted the first part of their event on one side of the loft and part two was already staged and set for them to easily transition when the time was right. With Arbor right next door, it was easy for them to plan a post-event happy hour to keep the fun going. 

They took advantage of our in-house photo services and stepped into our Ultimate Photo Booth to capture the fun of the day. During breaks they took individual portraits and got to take prints home right from the event. They took a dynamic group photo at the end, pictured above, which was a great way to capture the excitement and energy of the day. 

 

“Even though it took place almost two years ago, I still remember the venue, the event and the group of women who were gathered together like it was yesterday. I feel like I left with a whole bunch of new friends”
- Anna Clarke

 

Want to host a phenomenal event at Greenhouse Loft but not sure where to start? Take a look at some of the events we've hosted in the past:
 


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Fundraisers at Greenhouse Loft

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Fundraisers at Greenhouse Loft

"Masquerade Ball 2017"

The Jennie Goas Silverman Foundation, which raises scholarship money for senior high school students in areas which Jennie taught, as well as awareness for Triple Negative Breast Cancer research, truly pulled out all the stops for their event. The room was aglow with help from sponsors and over a dozen volunteers. Plus, tasty bites were provided by FIG Catering and entertainment by The DJ Firm.

The foundations annual gala, a Masquerade Ball on the last Friday in October, coincides with Breast Cancer awareness month, Jennie's birthday (10/25) and Halloween (her favorite holiday). This year, the Masquerade Ball was able to raise over $53,000. That is no small feat which we are thrilled to have been apart of!

To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation, please visit the foundations website here.

"Through our mission we hope to give back to the community Jennie lived and worked in and continue to fight in her honor to find a cure for triple negative breast cancer."
- Jennie Goas Silverman Foundation website

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Recycling Partnership

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Recycling Partnership

"I was looking for a place that would inspire creative and innovative thinking for our non-profit strategic planning meeting. As soon as I came across the Greenhouse Loft's pictures online I was sold. Though, as good as the online photos are, the real thing is so much better. It offers beautiful natural light, something that is rarely found in a hotel conference room. The staff were helpful, willing and accommodating. I would recommend it and I would absolutely use the space again if given the opportunity."
-E. Richardson, Funder Liason at Recycling Partnership


We recently had the pleasure of hosting an important meeting, not only to us, but to the city of Chicago. The topic of recycling program expansion was discussed by funding partners, board members and a few invited guests and staff. The focus of the meeting was the creation of a strategic plan for a fast growing organization, Recycling Partnership. 

Greenhouse Loft was chosen as the ideal venue with the idea of innovative and creative thinking in mind.  It is key to find a space that offered inspiration. Which is something that most hotel conference rooms lack.

We are ecstatic when we can host such groundbreaking thinkers as these. Since our building proudly practices sorted recycling and composting. We recommend keeping an eye on Recycling Partnership and hope they keep expanding upon their important work.

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Corporate Retreats

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Corporate Retreats

 Pictures courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography

Pictures courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography


There is something about natural light that always seems to clear people’s minds and inspire them when they break from their normal environment. Earlier this summer, the law firm Kirkland & Ellis hosted a two-day retreat with day one being Greenhouse Loft. This is what their Business Development Associate Director had to say about the effect of Greenhouse Loft on their meeting and the difference the next day...
 

"What a difference natural light makes … we had a meeting back at our offices on Thursday, and you could feel the energy deflate from the group.”
-Audra Simel, Kirkland & Ellis

Is your team looking to get out of the office? Are you burnt out and want to boost team morale? Located ten minutes from the heart of Logan Square, Greenhouse Loft is the perfect spot to get you thinking outside the... cubicle. Our space offers companies an open, collaborative work space where groups can creatively mix up their average routine.  

Greenhouse Loft is a 3,600+ square feet of customizable space made to fit whatever type of meeting or forum your organization is thinking about having. Our warm, inviting space is filled with natural light and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow companies to not only meet, but exceed, motivational expectations. Located in a certified LEED platinum building, Greenhouse prides itself on providing Chicago's most sustainable meeting and event space.

“Thanks to your team for helping us put together a truly memorable event! We absolutely loved the space and everyone on the ground was so helpful. It was truly flawless."

Are you stumped on what kind of event to utilize Greenhouse Loft for? Take a look at some of the things that we have done in the past:
 

  • Team Building

  • Brainstorming  and Ideation Sessions

  • Sales Meetings

  • Focus Groups

  • Creative Gatherings

  • Board Meetings

  • Train-the-Trainer

  • Employee Engagement

  • Exhibits

  • Holiday Parties

  • Fundraisers

  • Photo Shoots and Video Shoots

  • Book Signings

  • Educational Meetings and Workshop

  • Cosmetology Workshops

     


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