The History of Hawthorne Race Course

Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the oldest sporting venue in Illinois for America’s original sport: horse racing.

For more than a century, the 4th generation family-owned and operated business has hosted racing on the border of the City as “Chicago’s hometown track” which is the only race course in the nation to host both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.

Hawthorne operates Illinois’ largest network of off-track betting bars which also feature two PointsBet Sportsbooks, in addition to a sportsbook at the track.

On July 30, 2020, the Illinois Gaming Board approved Hawthorne to move forward with a $400 Million development of the State’s first race track casino.