Experience the ultimate sports and events destination in the Midwest at Wintrust Sports Complex, where sports, entertainment and a sense of community converge. Located in the Chicago Southland and in the heart of Bedford Park, Illinois, this impressive 116,000-square-foot facility has been a host to big-time events such as the Under Armour - UAA Boys Basketball Finals and the American Cornhole League (ACL), broadcast live on ESPN. This venue is revolutionizing recreation and entertainment in the region. It is a beacon for sports tourism and local programming, offering something unique for everyone from the local athlete to traveling sports families and the event organizer.
Wintrust Sports Complex is not just a sports venue; it’s an experience. With eight high school hardwood basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts, including a NCAA regulation-size championship court, the venue provides top-notch athletic opportunities. Wintrust Sports Complex also offers flexible meeting spaces, private party rooms and 1,191 free parking spaces.
Looking for a state-of-the-art sports complex that offers family entertainment beyond the courts? At Wintrust Sports Complex, every event participant will leave with a huge smile on their face. While the games are being played, friends and family can play games of their own. The Wintrust Sports Complex offers a 2,000-square-foot laser tag arena and a retro arcade featuring the most popular games available. For adults over 21, the facility offers video gaming slots in the Station Grille sports bar, overlooking the courts.
Not only does it excel in providing top-notch facilities for athletes and sports enthusiasts, but it is also the official indoor training and competition site for Special Olympics Illinois, underscoring the complex’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and sportsmanship.
Its strategic location places it within minutes from Chicago's Midway Airport, prominent interstates, and well-connected railway systems. This convenience and accessibility render it an unparalleled venue for sports tournaments, attracting athletes and their families across the United States; in fact, the Chicago Southland region is within a five-hour drive of eight states. This suburban village, less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, presents an indisputable choice for all teams and families. Additionally, the ease of commuting within Bedford Park, the Chicago Southland, and neighboring areas via Chicago Transit Authority’s buses and trains is a significant advantage for tourists and event organizers alike.
It's no challenge to find somewhere to stay in Bedford Park, with over 1700 hotel rooms (an additional 4,100 throughout the Chicago Southland region). Planners can choose from 11 properties, including major chains like Hilton, Hyatt Place, Marriott and, coming in 2024, the Wyndham Garden Hotel, which will be adjacent to the Wintrust Sports Complex, allowing onsite accommodations. The Village of Bedford Park also has planned additions of retail and restaurants onsite. This visionary planning by the Village of Bedford Park was recently recognized by the Chicago Southland CVB, which awarded the village with the 2023 Municipal Leader of the Year Award.
Apart from the sports-centric offerings, Bedford Park and the Chicago Southland offer an array of leisure activities to make your stay even more enjoyable. Visitors can experience a wide gamut of choices with over 600 inviting holes of golf, 40,000 acres of luscious forestry, countless miles of trails, family-friendly attractions, shopping facilities, art galleries, theaters and over 700 fantastically fun festivals and events. The only thing you can’t do in the Chicago Southland is see it all in one day! Plus, many visitor offerings in Chicago are just minutes away.
The Chicago Southland is home to many unique restaurants that will leave you wanting more! Whether you’re looking for farm-to-table, award-winning breweries, fine dining or family-style restaurants, there’s something that everyone will love. Did we mention Chicago-style pizza?
Groups hosting events at the Wintrust Sports Complex enjoy all the benefits and services of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. New groups can receive incentives based on hotel room bookings. Non-profit organizations can take advantage of their local tourism marketing grant. All groups can benefit from the Chicago Southland CVB’s wide variety of complimentary event services. From pre-event services, including brochure distribution, event listings and supplies, itinerary planning and marketing assistance, to on-site services, such as welcome bags and promotional signs, are available.
The Wintrust Sports Complex is a destination that offers a unique blend of athletic challenges, family entertainment, and local culture. Whether you're an athlete seeking a state-of-the-art venue for your next match, an event organizer looking for the perfect setting for your next big event or a tourist wanting to explore Bedford Park’s vibrant sports scene, the Wintrust Sports Complex is your go-to destination.