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.
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.
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 RoadWaukegan, IL 60085Phone: (847) 336-1400
Stanley’s Ale House & Restaurant335 North McLean BoulevardSouth Elgin, IL 60123Phone: (847) 468-8022
Time Out OTB at Fairmount Park315 Belle StreetAlton, IL 62002Phone: (618) 465-1006
Trackside at Joe’s Bar940 West Weed StreetChicago, IL 60642Phone: (312) 787-9600
Corliss OTB11203 South CorlissChicago, IL 60628 773-995-8238Phone: (773) 995-8238
Jupiter’s at the Crossing2511 Village Green PlaceChampaign, IL 61822Phone: (217) 403-0922
Ringside Sports Bar and OTB554 East DevonElk Grove Village, IL 60007Phone: (847) 364-4122
Shark City2240 Bloomindale RoadGlendale Heights, IL 60139Phone: (630) 893-9346
Trackside at Salerno-Picente Ristorante9301 63rd StreetHodgkins, IL 60525Phone: (708) 354-1668
Crestwood OTB13148 Rivercrest DriveCrestwood, IL 60445Phone: (773) 995-8238
Trackside at Iron Horse Saloon1225 East 9th StreetLockport, IL 60441Phone: (815) 838-4420
Trackside at Nicolino’s621 Ridgeview DriveMcHenry, IL 60050Phone: (815) 344-0742
Bookie Magee’s2450 Jefferson StreetJoliet, IL 60435Phone: (815) 744-6500
Lucky Magee’s9215 North Greenwood AvenueNiles, IL 60714Phone: (847) 795-8000
All Seasons Entertainment Center1304 Cross Creek DriveNormal, IL 61761Phone: (309) 829-3300
Stoney Point Grill19031 Old LaGrange RoadMokena, IL 60448Phone: (708) 478-1670
Oakbrook Terrace OTB17W648 22nd StOakbrook Terrace, IL 60181Phone: (630) 627-8238
Trackside at Sam’s Triple Crown9201 159th StreetOrland Hills, IL 60487Phone: (708) 873-1119
The Turf Room650 Randall Crossings LaneNorth Aurora, IL 60542Phone: (630) 906-9300
Don Carter Lanes4007 East State StreetRockford, IL 61108Phone: (815) 398-2300
Route 3 OTB2400 Mississippi AvenueSauget, IL 62201Phone: (618) 274-6468
Trackside at Tavern on North105 East North StreetVilla Park, IL 60181Phone: (630) 758-0099
Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill1322 Gardner StreetSouth Beloit, IL 61080Phone: (815) 389-4921
Players Pub & Grill1250 South River RoadProspect Heights, IL 60070Phone: (847) 693-7323
Capital Teletrack1766 Wabash AvenueSpringfield, IL 62704Phone: (217) 546-2111
The Foundry85 Executive DriveAurora, IL 60504Phone: (630) 978-2088