Go-kart flags signal racers with the same color codes of the open road, where green means go, red means stop, and checkered means the driver has accidentally veered into a nearby picnic. Stay on track with today's Groupon: for $30, you get an indoor go-karting outing at Chicago Race Factory in Bedford Park (a $62 value). The outing includes the following:
- Three indoor go-kart races (up to a $60 value)
- Required head sock (a $2 value)
Chicago Race Factory exercises the speedometers of 14 Sodi GT2 karts as their 200cc Honda GX engines whip racers around a quarter mile of switchbacks and chicanes snaking through a 40,000-square-foot facility. After prescheduling races or planning a last-minute walk-in, drivers slip into a pint-size racecar, patrolling straightaways at up to 45 miles per hour during three approximately 8-minute battles. A one-time safety briefing precedes the day's races, protective helmets keep noggins descrambled, and a tire border prevents captive Michelin men from escaping back into the wild. To get an early jump on driving skills, tenderfoot racers age 7 and older practice for the driving test's peel-out section behind the wheel of specialized junior karts.
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.
My hands were shaking from the adrenaline after the race. The staff was helpful and made sure you understood all the rules.Fred A., Yelp, 7/30/11
It was a blast. We've done go karts before, but not like these. Fun track to ride on and my son LOVED it.Jeremy G., Yelp, 1/17/12
Tips from Groupon Customers
“HAD A GOOD TIME , HAVE FUN GOING FAST!”
“Thumbs up great staff all had fun cool place”
“Great karts, fast track, go there on off times to race with your friends alone on the course. Definitely worth checking out if you like racing, the adrenaline is awesome.”
6955 S Harlem Ave.
Bedford Park, Illinois 60638Get Directions