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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix


Oh – Game On my darling! You may have gathered by now that I live for adventure and new experiences and there is nothing better than telling me we are going to the fastest and largest indoor go-kart racing facility in the Midwest to get my adrenaline pumping! My husband and I have a bit of a competitive relationship and love the thrill of a challenge. The Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix was just the place to get our game on as we raced around the track to see who could garner the fastest lap time. At a facility geared towards older teens and adults, this is no child’s play; the go-karts can reach speeds up to 40mph! When the safety video and brief training session made me more nervous than skydiving, I knew I had met my match of fun for the evening.

After donning my full race suit and pink helmet and meeting my husband on the track, it was nothing but thrilling. I was not about to let him beat me. Our daughters came as spectators and laughed as I had to use four booster seats to reach the pedals and spun out at nearly every corner of the first race. But after a few tidbits from the manager, I was ready for the second race where my personal best lap time beat Joe’s by nearly .001 of a second! With the ever changing race track throughout the year, this place can never get old. Once you think you have mastered the track, they change the course to add continued variety. Worried about the smell of gas – no need – this place is environmentally conscious and clean - burning propane powered 9hp engines. Word to the wise, you are racing, so don’t wear your finest and best clothes and don’t forget your closed toed shoes. Sleeved shirts and long pants are also recommended.

After your race is complete, you can have your professionally timed results posted to your Facebook page or emailed to you directly. Then take your bragging rights and enjoy a game of pool and arcades, as well as a cool beer in the Fast Karts Café. Overall, a perfect get-away for a unique date night, girls’ night out, or any group event!


The ultimate go-kart driving grand prix experience in the fastest and largest indoor facility in the Midwest. Geared to those 54” or taller and possess a valid state driver’s license, state ID, or passport. Age restrictions apply on certain days.

Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix, 2225 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL

Phone: 708-343-RACE


Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to Midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to Midnight Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Prices: Prices vary depending on day of week and number of races. Memberships available.

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