If you live in Chicago or somewhere close by and are eager to have a great paintball experience, you can’t go wrong with some of these top paintball arenas. Many offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor options, with creative games and events to make the experience a truly memorable one. So whether you’re part of a team looking to set up a play time or a lone wolf seeking some open play, take a look at the list below. Then get your gear ready, cause you’re gonna need it.

People Paintballing Celebrating Victory

People Paintballing Celebrating Victory

Badlandz Paintball Field
306 W. Elmscourt Lane
Crete, IL
(708) 418-3335
www.thebadlandz.com

For those seeking some tough terrain, Badlandz Paintball Field may have what you are looking for. Located only 25 minutes from Chicago, Badlandz Paintball field offers five distinct wooded areas for players to battle it out in. Badlandz also holds a summer paintball camp, and even hosts special themed games such as The Averngers: Fight for Badlandz. So if you are looking to hold your next corporate outing or birthday party, or maybe just some open play, Badlandz might be right for you.

Paintball Explosion 
601 Dundee Ave.
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-2662
www.pbbomb.com

Located 40 minutes west of Chicago, Paintball Explosion is housed within the historic Santa’s Village Amusement Park. Except now, instead of fond memories looking for Rudolph and the jolly St. Nick himself, you can join your family and friends in Paintball Explosion’s paintball themed park, which boasts move quality sets modeled after video games like Call of Duty. Paintball Explosion also offers Airsoft and Laser Tag parties, with walk-on plays also available. A Bar and Grill is also available for anyone that wants to chill out and watch any Chicago games that are locally broadcasted.

CPX Sports
2903 Schweitzer Road
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 726-2800 xt. 14
www.cpxsports.com

With 143 acres and 24 plus playing fields, CPX Sports is the perfect paintball venue for private groups and walk-ons. CPX offers both indoor and outdoor arenas, with the indoor facility located in Melrose Park. It features 35,000 plus square feet of playing areas, and private rooms for both corporate retreats and birthday parties. CPX also hosts Living Legends, a national paintball event that honors those who helped create the sport of paintball and those who helped shape its history. The two-day event joins both legends and fans in one of the most anticipated paintball events of the year.

Area 52
702 Smith St
Mackinaw, IL 6175
(309) 208-1053
www.area52paintball.com

Area 52 offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to either play paintball or go canoeing with their canoe rentals. Area 52 specializes in open play during the weekends. No matter if your group is two or 15, there’s no reason why you can’t set up a game here. Weekdays do require an appointment. There is also a fully stocked refrigerator with energy and sports drinks for when you build up that thirst.

Paint Pursuit Games
P.O. Box 545
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 577-0044
www.paintballfieldchicago.com

Paint Pursuit Games is the only Paintball field in Chicago that provides exclusive private group outings in Illinois, with a limited number of groups per time session. What this means is that they can then guarantee quality and a more personalized experience for their customers. Paintball courses vary from heavy to moderately wooded areas that offer natural defenses and many manmade bunkers, towers and bridges. There are over 12 flag stations throughout the wooded course as well, with a variety of games that can be played by teams.

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