This latest round of deep freeze is such a bummer. I mean, it’s going to be March on Saturday! So it’s going to take extra effort to get motivated this weekend. One way to recharge your batteries and fulfill your kid’s need for speed is to take them go-karting at Chicago Race Factory. We took Big & Middle last weekend, and we had a blast (which I was not expecting truth be told). I have really never been one with a thirst for speed. In fact I’m sort of the opposite…
Chicago Race Factory is a no frills indoor Go Kart Arena in Bedford Park, Il (near Midway and the Chicago Fire stadium). But it’s the perfect spot to take your kids (age 7+ and a minimum of 51 inches) for an afternoon of fun and bonding. It features a 4,000 square foot facility with a quarter mile track that gives drivers long straightaways and tight turns. For those looking for bragging rights, this track is apparently one of the longest in Chicago. I mention this only because it seemed very important to Big and Husband who sought top possible speed. Kids 16 and Up can race in top-of-the-line go-karts that can travel up to 45 mph. Younger kids race in modified carts. Don’t worry about them keeping up as Big still blew us all away with his time. Those “smaller” karts are still swift!
While less embellished than some of the other area race tracks, Chicago Race Factory is far less crowded then the competitors in the area. After calling two other places and being told that there was already a four hour wait by noon, we were thrilled to be able to walk in here. Here’s what you can expect.
After walking in and selecting a race package (fancy way of saying how many laps do you want) you’ll pick out your safety equipment. A head sock, which is when I knew I liked the place (Lice is one of my greater fears in life), a helmet and a neck cushion. Next you’ll participate in a short safety lecture. After that you’ll be lead into the track area. The staff is very friendly and adheres to strict safety standards. At the same time, they genuinely seem to love what they do, have a passion for the sport, and are wonderful with kids. You and your group will gear up and be loaded into your cars. They’ll line you up and everyone takes a warm up loop around the track. Once the green flag is waived the competition begins. I promise you’ll be hooked after the first lap (even if you’re like me and never go above 15). What I loved most was having my boys see their mother do something totally out of my comfort zone. I don’t like to tackle the Whole Foods Parking lot so go karting is not really running through my veins. Nevertheless, the boys loved seeing me suit up, try and navigate the cart, and they were especially amused at watching me slow down into every turn (apparently not what go karts are meant to do).
This is a fabulous way to bond with your tweens and teens. It’s also a great way to see your youngster in a more grown up light. We were in awe of Middle’s quiet confidence in handling his own cart; normally 7 year olds have to ride in slow tandem carts piloted by an adult-he blew me away!
Afterwards, you can bask in the glory of your scores and review your lap times down the road at Portillos.
I think this would be a totally cool birthday party for a kid as well. They will customize party packages. To learn more visit their website6955 Harlem Ave Bedford Park, IL 60638