Affordable Sports Facilities Close to Chicago
If you’ve ever planned a sports tournament, you know how costly it can be. From the hotels to the dining expenses, down to the chosen complexes where your event will be, it isn’t hard to break your budget. If you’re in the heart of a major city, you can expect that your trip will be especially costly. But fortunately, you can experience big-city fun at reasonable prices in smaller urban areas — and Elgin is one of them. Both a college and sports town, Elgin is where you’ll want to host your next competition.
Elgin offers the perfect mix of visitor attractions and sports facilities. Fun awaits athletes of all ages and levels. They will be able to train and compete in premier venues that host a variety of sports, from soccer to BMX biking.
Reasons to Adventure to Elgin
Besides its abundance of sports facilities, this city encompassing Cook and Kane counties and located along the Fox River is filled with affordable lodging and local attractions. Stay comfortably at the Holiday Inn Elgin, Comfort Suites Elgin, Quality Inn Elgin, TownePlace Suites by Marriot, Hampton Inn Chicago Elgin, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago or Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Elgin/West Dundee.
Looking for ways to entertain your team during your stay in Elgin? Natural beauty abounds in Fox River Shores Forest Preserve and Tyler Creek Forest Preserve. Take the kids to Randall Oaks Zoo, where they’ll be able to pet animals while touring the park. During the winter, get into the holiday spirit by skiing at Villa Olivia in Bartlett. All year round, families can experience the Santa-themed rides, live shows and petting zoos at Santa’s Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee. Spend an afternoon golfing at the award-winning Highlands of Elgin or Bowes Creek Country Club. Check out State Street Market Shops for antiques and locally made trinkets and gifts. Elgin’s diverse dining scene features over 100 restaurants to choose from.
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Athletic Facilities for Every Sport
Sports: Basketball, soccer, lacrosse
Lifezone 360 (LZ360) is a 130,000-square-foot sports complex with two large indoor soccer fields, two futsal courts, a fitness area and multi-sport practice fields. LZ360 can also provide climate-controlled rental spaces and great food – think fresh salad, wood-fired brick oven pizza and homemade ice cream for private events.
Elgin Sports Complex
Sports: Softball, T-ball, volleyball, soccer, BMX biking
Elgin Sports Complex features tons of championship-level competition spaces all in one location. This 107-acre venue comprises 10 full-size soccer fields (four of which are lit), 10 fully-lit softball fields, two sand volleyball courts, hard-surface paths, a playground and The Hill, which is known as Chicago’s best BMX track. The sports complex is a pet-friendly facility and is wheelchair-accessible.
Leaf’s Ice Center
Sports: Figure skating, hockey
Kick up the ice at Leaf’s Ice Center, a state-of-the-art indoor skating rink. Train and compete on any one of three NHL-size rinks, complete with access to Jerry’s Pro Shops for the newest gear. Stop by the Blue Line Bar and Grill for a hot meal and craft beer. Leaf’s recently renovated its space to include large-screen televisions, a patio, tables and fire places.
Intra Sports Complex
Sports: Soccer, football, softball
This newly-renovated, 40,000-square-foot complex sports three outdoor and three indoor fields, complete with bleachers and a concession stand. Rent any one of the facilities and host events in rooms that seat up to 85 people. All participants must bring turf shoes to play indoors.
Judson University-Lindner Fitness Center
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, track and field
This premier sports facility is equipped with a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium, nautilus room, running track, batting cages, two weight rooms, two racquetball courts, new lights and locker rooms. The complex also has three classrooms with computers, projectors and seats for 40-60 people. Caffeine cravings can be assuaged with premium-quality coffee or espresso from Jerry’s Café.
Easy Access to Elgin
Go beyond Chicago’s skyline to discover Elgin’s premier athletic facilities for a plethora of sports. O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport are within driving range of Elgin, which is served by many highways in the Chicago metro area.
By Car: Elgin is located on Interstate 90 about 42 miles from downtown Chicago, 53 miles from Rockford and 103 miles from Milwaukee.
By Air: Fly into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (approx. 30 miles) or Midway International Airport (approx. 50 miles). Most major carriers service O’Hare, while Southwest and Delta airlines service Midway.