Places for a Birthday Party With Indoor Go-Karts in Chicago, Illinois

by James Roland, Demand Media

    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.

    Enchanted Castle

    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.

    About the Author

    James Roland started writing professionally in 1987. A former reporter and editor with the "Sarasota Herald-Tribune," he currently oversees such publications as the "Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor" and UCLA's "Healthy Years." Roland earned his Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Oregon.

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