Go-karts allow people to experience the thrill of driving without having to hear radio ads for pungent soaps or look at four empty seats that remind them of the time someone stole their family of mannequins. Keep thrills pure with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four five-lap go-kart or sprint-kart rides at Boschertown Grand Prix Karting in St. Charles (a $40 value).
At Boschertown Grand Prix, pint-size pedal pushers zip across one of the largest go-kart tracks in the Midwest aboard a formidable stable of multi-speed roadsters. Each race consists of five laps around a 5/8-mile-long track replete with daunting obstacles including hairpin turns, banked corners, and armored fleets of feral Micro Machines. Drivers ages 10 and up can achieve speeds of up to 17 miles per hour in a traditional go-kart or double-seater, and charioteers aged 15 or sporting a permit can opt for a sprint kart, which scours straightaways at speeds of up to 24 miles per hour.
Boschertown Grand Prix Racing
The pedal pioneers at Boschertown Grand Prix Racing have been facilitating high-speed adventures on one of the largest tracks in the Midwest since 1957. In the early days of racing, the course served as a venue for the homemade karts of avid individuals, but now houses a herd of go-karts, sprint-karts, and super-karts that eliminate the possibility of unfair home upgrades such as engines outfitted with nitrous or the flux-capacitor of a 1981 DeLorean. Drivers as young as 10 reach speeds of up to 17 mph in a standard kart; racers 16 or older helm 24 mph sprint-karts; and drivers 18 or older take control of 28 mph super-karts. Wheels roll over hairpin turns, banked corners, straightaways, and opponents' rights to call themselves "Greased Lightning" as drivers dominate laps around the 5/8-mile track.