Laser tag is a great way to integrate everything kids love in video games into an athletic and strategic activity. Whether you’re looking for a fun venue for a birthday party or just an activity to do with the kids, laser tag can be a great alternative to the same old trip to the movie theater. Within the Chicago area and neighboring suburbs, there are some great laser tag arenas to choose from. Bring out your inner child in an over-the-top laser tag arena catering to adults or get your little one out of the bouncy house with an age-appropriate laser tag maze for an outing that will be remembered.

Battle House
28039 W. Northpointe Parkway
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
(815) 382-7191
www.battlehouselasercombat.com

Battle House is open Wednesday through Sunday, with Mondays and Tuesdays reserved for private parties and group events. The laser tag arena encompasses 15,000 square feet of hardcore fun, while the upstairs mezzanine offers a lounge atmosphere serving beverages and snacks. Suitable for both adults and kids, Battle House can be used as a training facility as well. If you’re looking for more than just a room to run around in, Battle House won’t disappoint.

Chaser Laser Tag
11545 184th Place, Suite 101
Orland Park, IL 60487
(630) 373-6930
www.chasertag.com/orland park

Chaser Laser Tag offers two separate locations within the Chicago area, with one in Naperville and the other in Orland Park. There are a number of different play options available, whether you’re attending a laser tag open play time for $7 or signing up for a team tournament. Private events and birthday parties can be accommodated for, and there are party packages to suit every budget. General fees include $18 per player for 10 to 15 players, and $13.75 for 20 players or more.

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Rink Side Family Entertainment Center & Ice Arena
6152 W. Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 856-1064
www.rink-side.com

The laser tag area of the Family Fun Center is able to accommodate up to 20 players, and is $6 per person for one game of laser blast. Each game is 15 minutes long, including seven minutes of actual playtime. Game play can be individual or as a team, and a monitor will show individual or team scores at the end of the game. Many families like visiting Rink Side Family Entertainment Center & Ice Arena because there are a variety of different activities to partake in once the laser tag game is finished. Whether it’s the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf or the ice skating, there will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Laser Quest
1524 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 705-0500
www.laserquest.com

Located in the Finley Square Mall Shopping Center in the suburb of Downers Grove right outside of Chicago, Laser Quest is available for private rentals or public playtime. Regular games are $9 per person, with discounts for those with membership. The arena can accommodate up to 32 players each game, suitable for children five years of age and older. This multi-level arena features everything from swirling fog to intense lighting and music to ensure the experience is an explosion for the senses.

Hollywood Park
5051 Cal-Sag Road
Crestwood, IL 60445
(708) 389-7275
www.hollywoodfunpark.com

While there are activities for older kids, like go-karts and bumper cars, Hollywood Park is great for younger kids not quite ready for the over-the-top laser tag arenas. The newly constructed Laser Maze is suitable for all ages, and is only $2 per person. Private events and birthday parties can be accommodated, with packages at different price points. There are also special discounted pricing for upcoming events and promotions, whether it’s an all-you-can-play deal or a play all day for one flat price deal. Perfect for the family with small children, Hollywood Park is your go-to destination for all day fun.

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