Kentucky Derby Info

The closest Kentucky Derby wagering to downtown Chicago is at Chicago's hometown track!

No reservations required: first-come, first-serve seating. (Limited due to pending casino construction.)

General Provisions

  • Doors open at 9AM
  • Live racing at Hawthorne begins at 2:40PM.
  • Bet-and-Go wagering.
  • Advance download/set-up of Club HRC mobile app recommended:

Parking Info

Free on-site parking and nearby street parking.


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 three Fanatics 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.


Customer Reviews

Dustin R.
Dustin R.
First time at a horse racing track but I really had a good time. 3 bucks to park, 3 each to get in and low minimum bets make for a fun day...and you can...
Victoria O.
Victoria O.
Went today. Illinois Derby was the 8th race, hence the big crowd, as well as WGN's and others radio stations' presence. Hawthorne has renovated some areas,...
Paul C.
Paul C.
Well, at least it didn't cost anything to park or enter.The entire grandstand is walled off. If you want to watch the race live, you can stand on the...
Cindy J.
Cindy J.
Damn I'm glad to see these reviews. I was thinking about going No Thank You
Jason W.
Jason W.
Bet online, or don't bet, but don't go to this crap hole. Most ghetto peoples ever , the tellers are so unfriendly and slow. They just closed for 3 days...
Jacqueline W.
Jacqueline W.
Dirty Dusty and Old Old. Chicago deserves so much better.I have been to more than a half dozen tracks in the last five years and this by far is the worse...