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      Open for Fun Since 2013

      Fully Air-Conditioned Location

      2 Challenging Tracks

      Adult and Junior Electric Karts

      Paddock Lounge Restaurant

      5 Meeting Rooms with A/V Connections

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    Indoor Go Kart Racing Chicago

    With Chicago being the third largest city in the United States, we knew one location in Addison wasn’t enough to satisfy the legions of motorsport enthusiasts and speed freaks we love to accommodate. That’s why we created our Buffalo Grove facility. Conveniently located near Highland Park, Northbrook, Palatine, and Arlington Heights, our Buffalo Grove location is the ultimate destination for special occasions, corporate events, or company functions. Both of our two tracks offer high speeds with tight, twisty sections to allow for plenty of overtaking opportunities. Our Paddock Lounge restaurant overlooks these two tracks, providing the perfect environment to enjoy our varied menu and extensive beverage selection. When not racing, our Billiards Room will keep the competitive spirit alive. The five meeting rooms inside our Buffalo Grove location can accommodate groups from 12 to 150 in a world-class setting, with some rooms offering picturesque views of the nearby lake. If you’re in the Greater Chicago Area, a stop at K1 Speed Buffalo Grove is a must for your next birthday celebration, corporate event, team building event, or casual outing.

    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 location 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.

    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 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 9 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.

    Really fun experience, the karts were really responsive and the live timing and scoring was awesome for our competitiveness.One thing that really annoyed us and dampened the experience - we practiced and qualified in our first two races, and it all leads up to your main event race. You're ensured that if there is an incident you'll be able to re-take your place on the grid.Well, we were there for my birthday. I started third on the grid for the final race, and the kart wouldn't start. It finally did - at this point im a half a lap down. Then, on the back side of the course, it completely dies and I am brought a new kart. I asked the worked if they could reset the grid, even keeping the amount of laps at the current lap, but just resetting the lineup. He said "uhhh, idk let me check" - didn't check, avoided talking to me afterwards, and that was that. That sucked.
    Levi O.
    Levi O.
    19:11 06 Dec 21
    Very well organized and safety is clearly a priority. We had a large group and they executed perfectly. Cant wait to go back and try to improve my lap times!
    Scott O.
    Scott O.
    17:04 06 Dec 21
    Wanted to go out with some buddies and decided on go karts. We saw this place and could tell just from reading about it that it could be a blast, and we were not disappointed. The karts made us feel like a championship was on the line every race. The excitement and fun is well worth the price. The track is well maintained and the staff was not only helpful but was obviously having a good time too. The whole building is full of good vibes. Can't wait to go back.
    Austin C.
    Austin C.
    21:02 02 Dec 21
    Wait was very long. They do have a bar and massage chairs (not free) while you're waiting. Race track was decent. The way they take scores after the race is pretty cool.
    Alaina S.
    Alaina S.
    17:58 30 Nov 21
    Place is really fun try and get a decent size group of like 4-6 to make it the most fun. Reason for 4 stars is prices are a little high in my opinion 3 races for pretty much 70$. Took us about an hour and a half to do. Maybe a little less. Overall super fun and if you got money to spend it’s worth it.
    Joe T.
    Joe T.
    17:43 28 Nov 21
    We LOVED K1. Parking was great, staff is friendly and professional, all riding gear available if you need it and you can get in fast even if it's busy. I recommend doing at least 3 sessions because once you ride, it's fun to try to beat your times of best lap. Also recommend bring friends. Competition is awesome. Highly recommend going to K1. WE LOVE IT everytime we go!!!!
    CC C.
    CC C.
    12:39 28 Nov 21
    Great place for families - young and old - to get some adrenaline!!I wouldn't suggest doing their "drift" races though. The time we were there, I had a chance to watch a couple of races and all they did was spin out on every turn. It just really didn't look fun at all.
    MJC
    MJC
    10:47 16 Nov 21
    AGood Indoor place to have fun
    Jose Luis H.
    Jose Luis H.
    16:43 13 Nov 21
    Came in for gift card for grandson. Staff were very helpful and patient. I understand why my grandsons like this place
    Helene A.
    Helene A.
    17:02 12 Nov 21
    Had a great time with our group. People at K1 made it easy. They were very accommodating. Thank you,
    Philip C.
    Philip C.
    16:53 09 Nov 21
    I had fun here I highly recommend
    Niko T.
    Niko T.
    02:37 09 Nov 21
    We had a blast! Not only was it a totally enjoyable experience but the staff went above and beyond to make sure our Bachelor party was taken care of.
    Justin L.
    Justin L.
    01:10 09 Nov 21

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