Indoor Go-kart Racing Chicago
The Quickest Wheels in the Windy City!
At K1 Speed, we are dedicated to indoor go-kart racing and our two Chicago locations are evidence of this dedication. We have locations nationwide, including in California, Washington, Arizona, Texas and Florida, to meet the needs of racing enthusiasts. To meet the needs of America’s third largest city and the epicenter of culture and sport in Middle America, however, we realized we needed more than center. For that reason, we have not one location, but two: Addison and Buffalo Grove. If you want to experience the thrill and excitement of indoor karting, we invite you to come in any time. Our indoor center is open rain or shine, hot or cold – whether it’s a hot and humid day in July or a blisteringly cold day in January, you can experience the thrill of wheel-to-wheel racing at one of our K1 Speed Chicago indoor karting centers!
Indoor Go-kart Racing – The K1 Speed Difference
Have you been go-kart racing before? Were you unimpressed? Most kart tracks fail to impress us too, which is why we set out to create the best karting experience in America, using only the best kart tracks and best go-karts. We can assure you that karting at K1 Speed will change your opinion on go-kart racing, and will give you a whole new outlook on the sport. At K1 Speed, every single one of our tracks is professionally designed and built, and every center is indoors so that people can race regardless of the weather. Though this may not make much of a difference at our Southern California locations, as you know, weather in Chicago can have a mind of its own!
What further separates K1 Speed apart from the competition is our high-performance, all-electric go-karts. When put side-by-side with the anemic, heavy, lawn mower-powered karts of your youth, there is simply no comparison. Our karts are designed in Europe, the heartland of modern kart design, and are powered by environmentally friendly, zero-emission electric motors. With maximum torque available from 0 rpm and the equivalent of 20hp, our karts can achieve a top speed approaching 45mph in mere seconds. The performance is enough to push you back in your seat under acceleration, and extracting maximum performance from these machines takes real talent. However, with power that’s adjustable based on the needs of the driver, our karts are accessible to individuals of all skill sets and experience, from novices to veteran racers.
All junior racers must be a minimum of 4′ tall to race.
K1 Speed Buffalo Grove
301 Hastings Dr
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Full center opening times
Phone: (847) 941-9400
For Corporate Inquiries, Private Parties & Birthdays
Phone: (855) 517 7333
Email: Group Reservation
Arrive & Drive Racing, Special Events, and Corporate Functions
There is a multitude of ways to experience indoor go-kart racing at our Chicago locations. However, our most popular option is Arrive & Drive racing. Whether you and your co-workers want to go racing after work or you’d like to come by with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon, our Arrive & Drive program allows you to race our karts any day of the week, any time, without a reservation.* During each Arrive & Drive race, competitors hit the track with up to 11 other racers in a 14-lap heat. During this race, competitors race against the clock, rather than directly against each other, to see who can set the fastest lap time. Racing in equal machinery, the winner is determined based on talent, skill, and strategy, rather than luck of the draw or your position on the track. To ensure accuracy, we utilize a data logger on every one of our karts, which transmits wirelessly lap times to a large display overlooking the track. This allows racers to keep track of their performance, and that of their competitors, in real time. The experience is thrilling and immersive.
In addition to our Arrive & Drive racing option, we also offer race packages, which provide exclusive use of the track during race heats, reserved race times, and a medal ceremony for winners. Perfect for groups of 8 or more people, these indoor karting packages, available at both Chicago K1 Speed locations, are ideal for:
Whichever option is right for you, we are confident that you will not be disappointed in your experience. Quite the contrary in fact! Once you try indoor go-kart racing at our Chicago location, don’t be surprised if you become a regular visitor! Speed is thrilling and for many of our guests, they simply can’t get enough!
*Please inquire about private rentals and height requirements.
Matthew and Mike,
“I intended to send this note a while ago, so I apologize for the delay. I am writing to tell you about an amazing customer experience that my family had at your Buffalo Grove location on New Year’s Eve. My family of 6, and my cousins, also a family of 6, decided to try take the kids to K1 Speed, as I had heard great things from a few friends and co-workers. One of he challenges we faced was we were not sure if one of the children would be able to ride the go-karts, as he has epilepsy. When my cousin (the child’s mom) spoke with Tim, he was fantastic! He told her that they could have him ride the last race and allow him and a few of the other children in our group to be the only ones on the track. What was impressive, is that Tim was presented with a unique request and figured out how to accommodate everyone. He could have just told her that there was nothing they could do but he went out of his way to find a solution. It is rare that you have an employee that is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate a customer. Most of the time, employees just take the easy way out.
As if that was not enough, one of the track employees, Derek, was amazing! When he found out about the situation, he went above and beyond to help that child, showing great empathy and patience. Again, most young men are focused on just doing the bare minimum of their job, but Derek was unbelievable. He took time to show that child everything he needed to know, versus rushing through it.
What makes a memorable customer experience is when someone goes above and beyond and that is excactly what Tim and Derek did. Their willingness to do that made a huge difference in our New Year’s Eve experience (the kids still talk about it and just recently asked me if they can they go back to K1 speed again) and allowed a child who often has to sit out from activities be able to participate with everyone else. What an awesome ability to make a difference for someone like that.
Thank you to Tim, Derek and K1 for a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back!!”
“Hi Sean and Tim,
Everyone had such a great time! You really exceeded my expectations with your organization, timing and all around fun attitude!! Wishing you continued success in the future and hope you see some of our group at future outings at K1 Speed! Your assistance in putting this together was much appreciated!!!”
“It was a pleasure racing at your facility today. It was a wonderful facility to visit. The staff was friendly and courteous. I give this facility two thumbs up! Thanks for the experience.”