Paintball combines the philosophies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War with anecdotes from Jackson Pollock’s autobiography, I Will Fight Your Painting. Hone combat aesthetics with today’s Groupon for paintball and haunted trail walks at CPX Sports in Joliet. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get two open-play admissions (a $91 value).
- For $59, you get four open-play admissions (a $182 value).
Each admission includes goggles rental, gun rental, and 250 paintballs per player. Both options are valid until May 12, 2012, and make great holiday gifts.
More than 15 themed courts at CPX Sports play host to fearless teams of Chicagoland paintballers who can duke it out among life-like obstacles in a variety of exciting settings. After arriving at CPX and signing a waiver, sharpshooters trek through ruined cityscapes and trees, staying alert for hidden foes or guerilla squirrels equipped with tiny slingshots. Once they’ve traversed paintball fields that include The Jungle of Doom, Armageddon, and The Town of Bedlam, commandos in training receive goggles, a paintball gun, and 250 paintballs in time to wage an onslaught of colorful carnage. Unless supply lines are cut off by a gobble of Thanksgiving turkeys on the run, combatants can refill CO2 and high-pressure tanks as many times as they desire.
A hailstorm of paint projectiles rains down upon CPX Sports' more than one dozen fields, each of which poses different challenges and requires specialized tactics. The crown jewel of the park is the Town of Bedlam, a massive maze of small-town 1950s buildings that jut out between streets dotted by paint-splattered cars and streetlights. There, snipers poke their heads out of the central city hall's tower as the opposing team hides out or checks for abandoned shampoo samples inside the post office. The Jungle of Doom drops teams into a heavily wooded field to vie for control of a central temple, and chromatic combatants weave between desiccated cars in the Wastelands, attempting to collect the most gas cans. A full pro shop outfits players with markers, protective gear, and Sesame Street coloring books for target practice.
In the newly-built indoor paintball facility, meanwhile, combatants can compete on an over 35,000 square-foot field no matter how bad the weather outside is. The location also features private rooms for birthday parties, or corporate outings for effective team-building exercises that don’t involve gluing the marketing staff to people in sales.
2903 Schweitzer Rd.
Joliet, Illinois 60436