Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course

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In a Nutshell

For the first time in 8 years, harness racing returns to Hawthorne; enjoy climate-controlled seating, food, live music, and special prizes

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 8, 2016. Limit 4/person. Redeem 1/8 for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Must be 21 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $29 for a live harness racing package with climate-controlled indoor seating (up to $88 total value)
  • 21+ party begins at 6:30 p.m.; races begin at 7:20 p.m.

Package includes the following:

  • Admission ($2 value)
  • Program with the day’s lineup of races ($3 value)
  • Reserved seating in the WinterHop Brewfest Party area (first floor of the grandstand; east end) (up to $15 value)
  • $10 worth of food and soda/beer tickets
  • $10 in wagers (for new Club members only)
  • A semi-private handicapper, who will be available to help read the racing program and dole out tips on the horses ($20 value)
  • A semi-private mutuel clerk, who will be available to take wagers and bets ($20 value)
  • A complimentary knit winter cap ($8 value)

Harness Racing Returns to Hawthorne

  • What’s harness racing?: instead of riding in a saddle, drivers ride in a two-wheeled cart called a “sulky” behind specially bred horses (known as “trotters” and “pacers,” depending on the gait they use)
  • Why is it special?: this will be the first time in eight years that Hawthorne has hosted a harness race—and the fresh variables it introduces adds excitement to every bet
  • Isn’t it cold out?: not where you’re sitting—you’ll enjoy climate-controlled seating, a knit winter cap, an array of craft beers, and a hot set of live music courtesy of rock/funk outfit Bifunkal
  • What else can I win?: By buying this package, you’ll be automatically eligible to win a ride in a starter car—putting you practically in the race as you take off from the starting gate

Hawthorne Race Course

On May 20, 1891, an estimated 6,000 people attended the first-ever Opening Day at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Illinois. The event featured the Chicago Derby—a quarter-mile race won by a horse named Brookwood. Since that day, the family-owned facility—celebrating over 125 years in business—has thrilled Chicago-area racing fans season after season with live competition and full-card simulcasting. The track hosts standardbred harness racing in January and the summer months, while thoroughbred racing dominates the rest of the year. But it hasn't always been easy. In 1905, for instance, racing was banned in Chicago for more than 15 years after several of the facility's horses became mired in a political scandal. And Hawthorne Race Course itself has had to overcome its fair share of adversity, including two fires, but continues to enthrall thousands of fans each year.

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