Scavenger Hunts at Navy Pier

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  • adults
  • outdoor

The Navy Pier Pressure Scavenger Hunt

Escape to the lake at Navy Pier

It’s an amusement park! A garden! A market filled with scrumptious food! A place for great views! There’s something for everyone on Navy Pier.

On this diverse scavenger hunt, your team will tackle a variety of challenges: you’ll decipher clues and answer humorous questions about interesting locations, take creative and unusual Team Photos, find and create unique items, and seek out our Hunt Host for a surprise challenge.

On the scavenger hunt your team might…

  • Lie on the couch of TV shrink Bob Newhart
  • See Dr. Venkman’s actual outfit from the original Ghostbusters movie
  • Get a bit salty with an old sea captain
  • Discover the true story of the Billy Goat Curse

This activity is great for groups of all kinds, celebrating all types of occasions—from office outings and alumni gatherings to birthday parties and family reunions.

Navy Pier is an ideal location for an after-work activity: the pier stays open until 8 p.m. or later on most days.

What delighted clients are saying about the Navy Pier scavenger hunt

5-star review on Google: “We utilized the Navy Pier scavenger hunt as a corporate team building activity at the conclusion of our regional meeting. Watson Adventures’ communication was great—before, during, and after the event. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from the participants! They said it was really fun and that they learned some cool things about Navy Pier! Brittany was a great leader and made the game easy to understand. We will definitely look to use Watson Adventures for a future event!”

5-star review on Google: “A great experience! We did the Navy Pier scavenger hunt as a team-building event. Our group had so much fun! There was a healthy amount of competition and the time flew by! Would definitely recommend it!”

5-star review on Yelp: “We did a Navy Pier Scavenger Hunt. The [Watson Adventures] team was so helpful working with us on time and location to ensure it was convenient for my team of 20. We had an amazing time! It was so much fun to see everyone running around Navy Pier. The clues were both challenging and fun. It provided us with some great team building as well. Our [hunt host] Valerie was funny, upbeat, and really made the hunt extra successful. Every single person asked if we could do another one soon. We cant wait to to take our next adventure! Thanks Watson Adventures!!”

“We all had a fabulous time!” —the organizer of an adult birthday party

“We had a wonderful time and our hunt leader was awesome! I have just recommended another department within my company to you, so hopefully you will be hosting another hunt [for our company] soon.” —a management coordinator for a company that went on to do five more hunts with us

“Our group had a total blast and it was a great way for us to enjoy ourselves together outside of the office—we made some wonderful memories thanks to Watson Adventures!” an executive search firm

Contact us below to learn more about the Navy Pier scavenger hunt—and find more fun in Chicago!


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  • kids
  • outdoor

The Navy Pier Pressure Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Entertain even the most finicky kids (and adults)

In this kids’ version of our popular hunt, young hunters will have a blast as they collaborate with adults to search for answers to tricky, humorous questions about the best of Chicago’s lakefront mecca. Together, you’ll figure out fun facts about the Ferris wheel and carousel, the giant anchor, unusual art in Gateway Park, strange stained glass in Festival Hall, and much more.

This hunt is sure to be a hit for camp and youth-group outings, birthday parties, family reunions, and any other group event where you want to get kids and adults working together and having fun. Recommended for ages 7 and up.


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  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

The Murder Mystery Mayhem Scavenger Hunt

Beware: there’s a killer in your midst

Someone playing this game with you is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. His or her good side knows nothing about the evil side—and the evil side has challenged you to prevent your own murder. Everyone in your group has been poisoned, and the clock is ticking down on your time left to live. To reveal the killer’s identity, you’ll have to complete a series of photo challenges, solve interlocking puzzles, decipher coded text messages, and more. If you succeed, you get the antidote. If you fail…well, you know.

If you love escape-room games, you’ll love this scavenger hunt. But even better, you won’t be locked in a room for an hour: this game can be played almost anywhere. 

An in-person murder mystery for any location!

We have a variety of versions, depending on where you want to play. Such as…

  • A city, town, or neighborhood
  • A science or history museum
  • A zoo or aquarium
  • An office building
  • A school or campus

A murder mystery scavenger hunt perfect for team building

Here’s a game that will help you solve the mystery of how to entertain a diverse group of people while boosting morale and teamwork. It’s perfect for any private party or a corporate team-building outing of any size. Our clients who have enjoyed this game include T-Mobile, TD Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Michigan in Washington, and others too numerous to mention.

What delighted clients are saying

“Everyone had a great time at the hunt! We are all still talking about it.” —an electrical engineer whose group played the game at the Houston Zoo

“A HUGE THANK YOU. Everyone had a BLAST and your hosts were FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for another great event!!” —an office coordinator in Los Angeles

“We had an amazing time and will be in touch for the next hunt we’d like to do in the near future! Tokia [the hunt host] was amazing, and we’d love to work with her again!!!” —an organizer for a group in Washington, DC

The hunt’s afoot! Contact us to learn more—and find more team-building fun anywhere!


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