To rev up your next birthday party even in the middle of an icy Chicago winter, book your next birthday party at a facility with an indoor go-kart track. These tracks are located in the city's suburbs at family fun centers and racing centers. While go-karts excite both kids and adults, some venues have age and size restrictions.
The Enchanted Castle in Lombard (enchanted.com) is a 60,000 square foot family entertainment center. Enchanted Castle has a variety of birthday packages that include go-kart rides, food, game tokens and entrance to other attractions such as miniature golf. Go-kart rides have age and height restrictions, so check that your guests meet the requirements before booking a party there.
Chicago Indoor Racing
Chicago Indoor Racing (chicagoindoorracing.com) is another venue for birthday parties with indoor go-kart tracks. It has locations in Addison and Buffalo Grove that specialize in go-kart racing. Each venue has several tracks with varying lengths and layouts. Both locations offer private rooms for parties, with on-site catering from their own restaurants. Go-karts at these facilities are geared toward adults. Powered by Honda engines, they reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Drivers younger than 16 must attend a two-day driver's course.
Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix
Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix (mpgrandprix.com) in Melrose Park offers competitive go-kart racing for birthday parties. Its go-karts reach speeds of up to 42 miles per hour. Each is fitted with a transponder that records lap times and then projects the information on a big screen for spectators. The facility has a café which provides food for parties. Drivers must be at least 13 years old, no taller than 6'3" and no heavier than 250 pounds.
On a Budget
Go-kart racing can be expensive and smaller budgets will stretch further if you enjoy food and presents at another location. Have your guests meet you at the go-kart facility to compete in some races, then rendezvous at your place or a park for the rest of the party. If you control food and drink costs, you can set aside more money for racing.
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