Chicago may be the Windy City, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a vast array of adult sports leagues. And who knew how much Chicago loved rugby? You’ll find a surprisingly high amount of adult rugby leagues in the city. But if rugby isn’t your jam, there’s plenty more to choose from when it comes to adult sports, and we’ve got you covered.

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Instead of making you wade through Google to find an adult sports league in Chicago, Adults Play Sports has made it easy by putting together a list of some of the best leagues the Second City serves up to its residents.

You’ll get a short description, and you can get more details by linking to their listing in our directory from the list below.

Speaking of which, Adults Play Sports has a searchable online directory of adult sports leagues, trainers, camps, clinics, lessons, and tournaments (sort of like the Yelp of adult sports). Search by sport, location, gender, competition level, or other features, like LGBTQ, senior leagues, social leagues, and more.

Who says just because you’ve hit the adulting stage in your life, you should have to give up sports or be intimidated about starting a sport later in life? We think there’s no better time than now to get involved in adult sports in Chicago, and we’ll give you some guidance and highlight some adult sports leagues in the city you call home.

Things To Consider In An Adult Sports League

Born Competitor or Social and Sporty (Or Just Social)?

There are several factors to consider when picking an adult sports league. Are you looking for full-contact, hardcore competition? Or are you more interested in a social sports league where you can have fun playing a sport but also participate in social events like happy hours? Or do you not consider yourself much of an athlete, but you’d still like to do something sporty-ish?

There are all types of adult sports leagues that cater to different personas. Some leagues are ultra-competitive. But there are other leagues where socializing is just as important as actually playing a sport.

Social sports leagues usually arrange events beyond sports games, like happy hours or other networking events. These types of leagues tend to be good choices for the more casual athlete. A lot of social sports leagues offer beginner-friendly sports like cornhole, kickball, bowling, and dodgeball.

Additional Features You Might Want In An Adult Sports League

Some other things you might want to consider in picking an adult sports league that’s right for you are:

  • Do you prefer single-gender or co-ed sports?
  • Are you “of a certain age” and prefer a league with age divisions in the 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond?
  • Are you looking for LGBTQ+-specific leagues?

The great thing about living in Chicago is that you’re more likely to find leagues with these types of features. Those adult athletes in South Dakota aren’t quite as fortunate when it comes to having as many options as you do.

The List Of Adult Sports Leagues In Chicago

Without further ado, here is the list you’ve been waiting for! Of course, this is not the complete list of adult sports options in Chicago, but it’s a pretty darn good one.

Chicago Sport & Social ClubAdult social sports league with more sports than you can count on two hands
Simply Social Sports (S3)Co-ed adult social sports league
Women’s Sports ChicagoWomen’s only sports league for basketball, soccer, volleyball
Chicago Fire Rec SoccerThe Midwest’s largest adult recreational soccer league
Catholic Sports Co-ed adult sports for both Catholics and non-Catholics
Players Sport & Social GroupOne of Chicago’s largest adult social sports leagues
Chicago Indoor LeagueFutsal, indoor soccer, basketball, and volleyball for adults
Addison Ice ArenaAdult hockey league
Elk Grove Park DistrictCo-ed, men’s, and women’s sports offerings for Elk Grove residents
Downers Grove Park DistrictCo-ed, men’s, and women’s sports offerings for Downers Grove residents
Redstar FencingFencing club with adult intro to fencing class
Progression Beach Volleyball
Sand/beach volleyball for men and women
Tinley Park DistrictCo-ed, men’s, and women’s sports offerings for Tinley Park residents, including seniors
Cog Hill GolfGolf for adults of all skill levels
Rolling Meadows Adult HockeyBeginner to intermediate to over 40s adult hockey
Chicago North Shore Women’s RugbyCompetitive women’s rugby league
Chicago Lions RugbyMen’s and women’s rugby club for multiple skill levels
Lincoln Park RFCIntermediate-level men’s rugby league
Chicago DragonsMen’s adult rugby, part of the International Gay Rugby Association
Chicago Griffins RugbyMen’s competitive rugby
Chicago Riot Rugby LeagueMen’s semi-competitive rugby l
Beers Lacrossse ClubCasual adult lacrosse club
LWLCWomen’s post-collegiate lacrosse club
Chicago UltimateMen’s, women’s, and co-ed ultimate leagues
Chicago Metropolitan Sports AssociationLGBTQ+ social sports club with a dizzying amount of adult sports
Chicago North Men’s Senior Baseball LeagueBaseball divisions from 24 to 65+
Absolute AthleticsMen’s, women’s, and co-ed flag football
Midwest Suburban Baseball LeagueMen’s three-divison baseball league
Lake Front BaseballMen’s intermediate baseball league
Chicago Suburban Baseball LeagueSemi-pro men’s baseball league
Chicago DevilsMen’s baseball league in north/northwest Chicago
Chicagoland Roy Hobbs Baseball League25+ to 60+ men’s baseball league
Chicago Hounds Baseball ClubAdult baseball club
Northern Illinois Men’s Baseball LeagueMen’s adult baseball league; plays games from Chicago to WI
Elgin Men’s Baseball LeagueAmateur men’s baseball league
Benito Juarez Men’s BaseballSouth side men’s baseball league
Chicago Central MSBLSenior men’s baseball league (30+ to 65+_
Chicago Metropolitan Baseball AssociationMen’s adult baseball league
The List of Chicago Adult Sports Leagues

Not Sure What Sport Is Right For You? Take Our Quiz To Find Out.

Maybe you’re what we call sports-curious–intrigued by the idea of playing sports but not quite sure which is the right one for you. You can take our short sports quiz that will narrow down some well-suited sports for you based on your answers.

Motivation and Inspiration

If anything is holding you back from getting involved in adult sports in the bustling city of Chicago, whether it’s intimidation, lack of training, or lack of motivation, Adults Play Sports has a robust blog to help. Our blog posts include everything from training tips to motivational stories from adult athletes from all walks of life. If the sub-zero temps are holding you back, you’re on your own there.

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Now that you have the lowdown on adult sports leagues in Chicago it’s time to get your game on!

Choose a league that gets your heart pumping, and remember–it’s never too late to #growupandplay. After all, in the great city of Chi-Town, playing sports is just another way to live life to its fullest and still feel young at heart, whether you’re 25 or 75.

Did we miss a league on the list? Shoot us an email or drop a comment below, and we’ll update it! You can also add your league to our directory.