While the Chicagoland 400 has gone by many names over the years due to sponsorship changes, it's always remained a super-exciting time for race fans of all stripes. You can always count on this event in the NASCAR Cup Series to be a race to remember, pitting the most prolific and powerful drivers in stock car racing against one another. With tons to do and see for both adults and children, taking a trip out to the racetrack is a fun time for all. Make it an even better time by getting an RV, adding the extra convenience of a rental on top of all the unique opportunities for entertainment and comfort offered by a recreational vehicle.
There's a ton you can do when experiencing the Chicagoland 400. Even before the race starts, there's plenty to keep your interest around the speedway. With or without an RV, visiting the Chicagoland Speedway means you can participate in these non-race activities:
• Enjoy the refreshments on sale at the concession stands around the speedway.
• Take a guided tour of the racetrack.
• Enjoy the perks of a Pit Pass, like driver Q&A sessions, tours of the pit area and more.
• Shop for merchandise and souvenirs at the Pit Shop.
• Enjoy concerts after each race.
Where else could the Chicagoland 400 take place than at the Chicagoland Speedway?
500 Speedway Blvd
Joliet, IL 60433
Like many racetracks, the Chicagoland Speedway has many amenities specifically for those who choose to camp in an RV during the event. Given that the Chicagoland 400 is a major race, this makes it a prime weekend for RV campers and RV renters from all across the country.
There are five camping spots available at and around the Chicagoland Speedway:
Frequently offering some of the best seats in the house, infield RV camping offers plenty of excitement when viewing a race. Positioned almost in the center of the track, the infield gives a full 360-degree view of the track as the drivers race. Unlike other options, the infield spots are not included in a normal camping pass and must be requested separately with admissions, with prices from $135 for adults and $60 for kids. Additionally, things like electricity are limited and cost extra to have activated; all hookups are 30-amp in this area.
Located next to the backstretch of the track, Gecko Ridge is a great place to camp out with tons of room. The 50-amp electrical hookups come standard with your admissions, with prices starting at $195 for adults and $100 for kids.
Gecko Park Lower Ridge is a bit farther away from the track than other options, being south of Gecko Ridge. While you may not have the immediate view of the track of some other options, you more than make up for it in price with spots starting at $430. Additionally, you can take the tram services right to the speedway before the race.
Gecko Park Lakeside is a full community of RV campgrounds. With pricing here at $350 for electrical hookups and $130 for non-electrical spots, you can enjoy a great sense of community while watching the race from the grandstands.
Family camping is the farthest south of all the campgrounds. That said, you'll be anything but left out; each spot includes the same kinds of amenities as the others along with various other perks like driver meet and greets and porta-let services.
If you choose not to rent an RV to attend the Chicagoland 400, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun. There are plenty of places to stay in and around the Chicagoland Speedway during the event. Whether you're an RVer or not, you have multiple options.
There are many options for those looking to camp on the Chicagoland Speedway grounds. Whether you're in a rental RV or one you own, there's a lot to do and see when camping out at the speedway. Whether you're right up there next to the action or hanging back near the lake, you can be sure that you'll find a great community of other race fans to spend time with before and after the big event. Each type of spot also has options to rent on a monthly basis, giving you great access to the Chicagoland 400 as well as a ton of other upcoming races and events held at the speedway.
If you don't intend to rent an RV for your trip down to the Chicagoland 400, that's perfectly fine. You'll still be able to enjoy everything both the race and the city of Joliet have to offer in any of the many hotels in the area. With a major racing venue in the middle of town, there's rarely a shortage of places to stay. The Chicagoland Speedway itself recommends places like the Best Western and Comfort Inn for your stay. Remember to consider how quickly rooms can fill up right before big events like these, so book early.
If you're looking for directions on how to get to the track, these routes will take you to the main parking lot.
• From I-80
Traveling from I-80, you'll want to get off on Highway 52 using Exit 132A. From there, it's just a matter of following the signs until you reach the track.
• From I-55
Head south on I-55 until you can merge into I-80 using Exit 250A. From there, just follow the same path you'd take when starting on I-80.
• Shuttle service
The speedway offers its own shuttle service to take guests to and from the venue, stopping 25 times along a route leading from the Chicagoland Speedway to the Joliet train station. Trips cost $5 each way but are very convenient if you don't want to deal with the hassles of navigation and parking.
• Public transit
If you're intending to get to the venue via bus or other public transit, be aware that these forms of transportation should drop you off at Gate 4 A as opposed to any other locations. It's recommended you leave at least two hours open before the race starts to give yourself ample time to make it.
There are plenty of parking options available at the Chicagoland Speedway, and they're entirely free to use. Spaces are first come, first served no matter where you end up, with guides to direct you into open spaces in various lots. If you would like, you can upgrade to a preferred parking pass that gives you access to a closer lot for a price.
If you're interested in buying tickets to see the Chicagoland 400 live, it's a simple matter of heading over to the Chicagoland Speedway website and buying them straight from the event page. Ticket prices range from $50 to $170 depending on your seat, and prices are lower for monthly renewal services.
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