The most skilled paintball shooters reveal their aptitude at a young age by covering the neighborhood pets in graffiti and pelting their mothers with the most colorful berries they can find. Display natural-born talents with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get open admission, a rental marker, a day's worth of CO2, and 500 paintballs at O’Hare Paintball Park in Bensenville (a $54.63 value).
O’Hare Paintball Park sports a gargantuan 25,000-square-foot indoor battlefield designed for colorful day-long war. Under the careful supervision of spatter chaperones, squadrons of soldiers ages 10 and older are initiated with peeper-protecting goggles, a rifle-style rental marker, 500 paintballs, and a day's worth of CO2, which is roughly enough to carbonate Lake Michigan. Warriors dance a melee ballet over barricades, around a camo-cloaked Humvee, and across a grass-like turf landscape. Referees possess a 360-degree view of the battlefield and the watchfulness of a mother hawk with eagle eyes, ensuring the safety of all players. Conveniently located near its namesake airport, O’Hare Paintball Park is one of the closest indoor paintball facilities to Chicago, shielding paint-splotched battalions from blizzards, buzzards, and game-ending turpentine downpours.
O’Hare Paintball Park
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.