Buy your family some peanuts and Cracker Jacks or have a hot dog this summer as you take in America’s favorite pastime at a minor league baseball field. Although Lake County is not currently home to any minor league teams, there are many teams in the surrounding areas of Illinois and Southern Wisconsin where you can take the family for a fun day at the ballpark.
Typically filled with fun promotions and unique food items, families can enjoy the thrill of the game as they watch up and coming players in cozy local ball parks. Whether you’re in the bleachers or getting a view from the grassy outfield, adults and kids will love the opportunity to soak in the sun and catch home runs and fly balls at these minor league fields during the spring and summer season. We have compiled a list of teams for your family to visit and cheer on this April through September!
Photo Source Schaumburg Boomers website
1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg | (847) 461-3695
The Schaumburg Boomers play in the independent Frontier League and are not affiliated with major league baseball. The team plays in a $17 million, modern stadium constructed in 1999. The season schedule has a full compliment of promotions and hosts the FREE Coop’s Kids Club for budding baseball fans.Image Source Schaumburg Boomers Website
7817 Sheridan Road, Kenosha | (262) 653-0900
The Kenosha Kingfish are part of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of players who have attended at least one year of college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility remaining. This league is known as a “wood bat league,” as they play with wooden baseball bats. The team plays at historic Simmons Field, a field that has been the home of baseball games since the 1920’s. The grandstand behind home plate has retained much of the historical character of the 1940’s when the stadium was the home of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Be sure to check the 2016 Promotional Schedule for all the fun activities planned this season.
Photo Source Kane County Cougars website
Kane County Cougars
34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva | (630)-232-8811
The Kane County Cougars are an Arizona Diamondback Class A Affiliated Team. The Kane County Cougars play at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, built in 1991. The team is known for it’s family-friendly atmosphere, with season promotions, theme nights, entertainment, and an extensive KidZone area with children’s activities.
Photo Source Windy City Thunderbolts website
Windy City Thunderbolts
14011 Kenton Avenue, Midlothian | (708) 489-2255
The The Windy City ThunderBolts are also a professional baseball team in the Frontier League. The team plays at Standard Bank Stadium in Midlothian. The team has ongoing promotions throughout the season, and there is a Boomer’s Buddies Kids Club with a calendar of special activities for kids. The stadium also has a special Kids Zone play area for kids, which was recently built in 2015.
Has your family attended a minor league baseball game? If so, where? Let us know in the comments.