When it comes to horse racing and handicapping excitement, residents in the State of Illinois have a ton of local and regional options to chose from. The crown jewel of Illinois racing scene is the Arlington International Racecourse, which opened in 1927 and was home to the first million-dollar purse: the Arlington Million (1981). Though not all still in business today, there was a time when Chicago had more horse betting tracks (six) than any other major metropolitan.
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If you can’t make it to the Land of Lincoln to get your horse handicapping fix, try betting at one of the top online horse wagering racebooks listed in the Sports Betting Sites table below.
Off Track Betting Locations in Illinois
Whether it’s exciting thoroughbred action at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, or the famed Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero (opened in 1891), pony punters are always just a short drive away from live trackside horse betting in the Chicago and area. Throw in thrilling harness racing at Balmoral Park (first opened in 1926) or Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, and the hits keep coming.
While these great horse racing venues are in close proximity to the main centers in Illinois, Chicago and area bettors also have access to a wealth of Off Track Betting destinations located from Aurora to Waukegan. If you can’t make it to track in person, please check out one of the OTB bureaus listed below.
Trackside Waukegan630 South Green Bay Road Waukegan, IL 60085 Phone: (847) 336-1400
Stanley’s Ale House & Restaurant335 North McLean Boulevard South Elgin, IL 60123 Phone: (847) 468-8022
Time Out OTB at Fairmount Park315 Belle Street Alton, IL 62002 Phone: (618) 465-1006
Trackside at Joe’s Bar940 West Weed Street Chicago, IL 60642 Phone: (312) 787-9600
Corliss OTB11203 South Corliss Chicago, IL 60628 773-995-8238 Phone: (773) 995-8238
Jupiter’s at the Crossing2511 Village Green Place Champaign, IL 61822 Phone: (217) 403-0922
Ringside Sports Bar and OTB554 East Devon Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Phone: (847) 364-4122
Shark City2240 Bloomindale Road Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Phone: (630) 893-9346
Trackside at Salerno-Picente Ristorante9301 63rd Street Hodgkins, IL 60525 Phone: (708) 354-1668
Crestwood OTB13148 Rivercrest Drive Crestwood, IL 60445 Phone: (773) 995-8238
Trackside at Iron Horse Saloon1225 East 9th Street Lockport, IL 60441 Phone: (815) 838-4420
Trackside at Nicolino’s621 Ridgeview Drive McHenry, IL 60050 Phone: (815) 344-0742
Bookie Magee’s2450 Jefferson Street Joliet, IL 60435 Phone: (815) 744-6500
Lucky Magee’s9215 North Greenwood Avenue Niles, IL 60714 Phone: (847) 795-8000
All Seasons Entertainment Center1304 Cross Creek Drive Normal, IL 61761 Phone: (309) 829-3300
Stoney Point Grill19031 Old LaGrange Road Mokena, IL 60448 Phone: (708) 478-1670
Oakbrook Terrace OTB17W648 22nd St Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Phone: (630) 627-8238
Trackside at Sam’s Triple Crown9201 159th Street Orland Hills, IL 60487 Phone: (708) 873-1119
The Turf Room650 Randall Crossings Lane North Aurora, IL 60542 Phone: (630) 906-9300
Don Carter Lanes4007 East State Street Rockford, IL 61108 Phone: (815) 398-2300
Route 3 OTB2400 Mississippi Avenue Sauget, IL 62201 Phone: (618) 274-6468
Trackside at Tavern on North105 East North Street Villa Park, IL 60181 Phone: (630) 758-0099
Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill1322 Gardner Street South Beloit, IL 61080 Phone: (815) 389-4921
Players Pub & Grill1250 South River Road Prospect Heights, IL 60070 Phone: (847) 693-7323
Capital Teletrack1766 Wabash Avenue Springfield, IL 62704 Phone: (217) 546-2111
The Foundry85 Executive Drive Aurora, IL 60504 Phone: (630) 978-2088