Humanity has spent hundreds of years streamlining methods of travel, but go-karts remain the most efficient way to escape after accidentally burning down a mini golf course's windmill. Make a clean getaway with today's Groupon: for $30, you get three races (up to a $60 value) and accompanying safety gear (a $2 value) at Chicago Race Factory in Bedford Park (up to a $62 total value).
Chicago Race Factory flings speedsters around its indoor arena in enhanced go-karts designed for speed and carefully maintained for safety. Greenhorn drivers enjoy a brief introduction to track etiquette before hopping behind the wheel of a Sodi GT2 go-kart, custom-rigged to craft more suavely wind-blown hairdos. The mini vehicles capably hit 45 miles per hour on the straightaways or deftly handle switchback turns on the quarter mile of track that weaves through the 40,000-square-foot facility. Flags send out brightly colored signals to drivers as they power through the multiple laps of each race, with green signaling the start, checkered indicating the finish, and puce warning of sudden monster-truck attacks. Schedule a group in advance online, or simply walk up to join in with the next available group.
Though Chicago Race Factory sometimes features discounted prices online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Chicago Race Factory
A green flag cuts through the air, signaling rows of Sodi RX7 karts to throttle up their 200cc Honda GX engines and roar around the quarter-mile track. Inside the 40,000-square-foot facility that houses these karts, Chicago Race Factory's staff provides safety briefings and protective helmets to drivers, scheduling track time in advance or penciling walk-ins into the next available race. The track is also open to parties for birthdays, social gatherings, and corporate team-building events. Recognizing man's natural need for speed, they have formed competitive and league racing for true gearheads who want more laps around their racer-designed track, whose tire border prevents captive Michelin men from escaping back into the wild.