Paintball Explosion began when a group of paintball fanatics decided to make their dreams a reality and set about designing eight different fields of movie-set quality. Located just a 40-minute drive outside of Chicago, the real-life fantasy land they created includes the sci-fi-inspired, concrete environs of Code Black Field as well as the abandoned amusement-park setting of Biohazard Field.
The expansive facility also sports indoor and outdoor speedball fields for adrenaline-fueled fastness. Between matches, gamers can prepare at heated buildings with locker rooms and showers. With an onsite sports bar and grill, Paintball Explosion makes the paintball haven a place where enthusiasts can discuss the forces of velocity, wind resistance, and the physics of splatter.
Near the runways of O'Hare Airport, O'Hare Paintball Park hosts competitors inside its 25,000-square-foot indoor arena. A quiet staging area away from the noise of roaring opponents lets combatants prepare for each skirmish before storming the field with paintball guns in speedball or scenario matches. Red and blue speedball-format obstacles lend cover during quick elimination games, and inflatable hummers, log cabins, and wooden boxes conceal warriors in themed games to give an authentic war-zone feel. Experienced staff members interact with players before and after matches by assisting younger competitors, offering strategies for overcoming difficult situations, and offering techniques for painting Monet's Water Lilies on opponents' bunker walls. O’Hare Paintball Park is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays.
On the weekend after Independence Day, at the very height of summer, some 2,000 urban adventurers will converge on Chicago for a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, bucket-list-busting weekend of fun and discovery. Over the course of three days, the Windy City will fan its feathers with an array of handpicked, small-group outings during the daytime and barn-burning spectacles at night.Festivities kick off on Friday evening with a trip to the beating heart of Chicago—Wrigley Field. Sprawl out picnic-style across the hallowed outfield for Movie Night and take in a gem of classic Chicago cinema—a redemptive tale woven from the comical exploits of two particularly musical brothers, Jake and Elwood. On Saturday and Sunday, set out on three activities, accompanied by local Chicagoans who serve as camp counselors and offer up city secrets, such as the location of Mrs. O'Leary's charred Zippo lighter. Your activities will come from six curated tracks, including:Saturday night once again marries spectacle to iconic Chicago scenery. You’ll head to Navy Pier—Chicago’s most popular attraction—for a private event headlined by Counting Crows and featuring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Beneath the 80-foot ceilings of the Grand Ballroom, revelers will sip drinks from an open bar and soak up panoramic views of fireworks as they explode over Lake Michigan. Throughout the weekend, you'll dine at some of Chicago's most acclaimed eateries including Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, and The Signature Room, which is located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. Each night, you’ll retire to private accommodations in downtown luxury hotels such as Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Swissôtel Chicago, and Hyatt Regency Chicago. Start planning your Camp Groupon adventure here and see the Camp Groupon FAQ here. Camp Groupon Waiver and Release must be signed upon arrival to Camp Groupon on 7/6/12. See the waiver and release here.Terms and conditions apply. Please review Fine Print and Details.
Westmont Yard’s indoor 60yd x 90yd rubber infill turf field, which can split into three separate fields, hosts athletic activities for everyone in the family, from a young son’s one-hand-touch football game to a dad’s adult league soccer match. The facility also puts on after school sports programs and houses birthday parties. For tykes too young to play on the fields, they offer The Playroom, replete with a huge bounce house and obstacle course.
Odyssey Fun World's attractions aren't confined to its 45,000 square feet of indoor games and rides—they also sprawl across 11 acres in the fresh air. Inside, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a roller coaster host both kids and adults, and more than 250 arcade games and a laser-tag arena foster friendly competition. The indoor Gamers Lounge allows youngsters to practice their PS4 and XBox One skills, while kids up to 10 years old fling themselves into ball pits, slip down slides, or dispute the physics behind make-believe-ore extraction in tunnels at the four-story Exploration Adventure play structure.
Outside, at the Naperville location, the staff keeps the Kidz Adventure Park's inflatable bounce houses and slides properly puffed. At the Tinley Park location, they pretend to manicure the faux turfs of two 18-hole mini-golf courses, including one that's wheelchair accessible. Their bumper boats encourage friendly jostling, but the speedboats—limited to drivers aged 16 and older with a driver's license—are all about crossing the finish line first. As trips down the zipline peak adrenaline and appetites, Chipper's Cafe counters hunger with pizza, wings, and burgers.
Go-karts roar across the racetrack, bumper boats collide, and the cracking sound of confined home runs rings out from batting cages. This multisensory symphony fills the landscaped grounds of Fun Time Square, where attraction after attraction beckons visitors of all ages to kiddie train rides, 18 holes of mini golf, and the blinking lights of pinball machines in the onsite arcade. More intense thrills unfold at a paintball field, where abandoned cars, inflated cover, and war-torn art teachers guard players from enemy paint.