Illinois Relocation, where to ride?

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Looks like I might be transfered to Chicago:( I'm going to miss Seattle (Awesome weather believe it or not). How, and where is the riding around there? I Know the winters suck there, is there any indoor riding? How bout other stuff to do? I'll be without my family for a while so it would be nice to find some stuff to do. Their going to fly me out within the next few weeks to check the area out before I move, and I'd love to go watch a local race or two if anybody could help. Where is the best middle class "burbs" to raise your kids. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'll gladly buy the beer;)
 
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Welcome to Chicago

Surprised no one from around here has responded yet. I'll do my best to answer your questions as I've just got involved in this sport after racing Karts for many years.

Yes, the winters here can really suck but I like snow so it doesn't bother me too much. There isn't any indoor riding to my knowledge. Places to ride, well lets see here:

Joliet - about an hour out of the city, motocross track. Racing on Saturday nights and I believe D17 races there on some Saturday days.

Byron - A little further west and north of Joliet. Motocross track, not sure about trails.

Buffalo Range in Ottawa, probably 2 hrs out from the city. Motocross track, 50cc track and 400 acres of trails.

Red Bud - not too far into Michigan.

I know that there are also places up around Rockford and over the border in Wisconsin. Wardy also has just opened a place not too far from Buffalo Range, been meaning to get out there and check it out. Joliet MX park has Saturday night races coming up on the 8th and 22nd of Sept if your here over one of those weekends.

Best middle class burbs?? Personaly was raised in Crystal Lake but now live in the yuppie community of the world, Naperville. Naperville is about 30-45min due west of the city and it's right close to Joliet and about an hour from Buffalo Range and Wardy's new place. It's been a good place to raise my kids so I can't complain. Hope this is useful and good luck with the move if and when it happens.
 
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Welcome to Chicago as well! I am in the same boat as yourself. I actually travel 4 hours to Central Illinois to ride with my friends because I have not found the right situation here yet. Actually bought a street bike to try to satisfy the urge to ride more often.

Just started looking at this web site. Regarding riding areas and racing - Byron (just south of Rockford - 90 minutes from western suburbs) has racing on Sunday (they also have their own web site (motobryon??). Actually the state championship is being held there soon (maybe when you are in town?).

Regarding suburbs - I live in Bartlett (20 miles or so north of Naperville up highway 59). Nice community (more of a bedroom community than Naperville - but Naperville is very good as well) to raise kids - I would recommend a look.
 

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I don't usually do this but

www.megacross.com has all the District 17 race tracks and many other things pertaining to riding in IL.

Megacross is located 1 hour from Naperville and we are running one last race til next season. The site has a lot of that local type information on it.
You can also find all the riding places in WI (D-16) by going to www.up-front.net this the guy that makes the "motorsports in IL/WI books. When it comes to information about things in this area, Okie, AJ, Myself and many others can help out a bunch. We might have to get you used to hard pack, but there are some loam tracks around that may be similiar to what your used to.

have a good trip
 

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Ken

That link has a ton of mistakes on it pertaining to phone numbers and directions. Places not open any longer etc.

I aggree Wapella is cool, Hoopeston is closed or at least there is no track prep since all the equipment is gone. I talked to jim like a month ago. the place is for sale. I will try to contact that site to get the list corrected.

thanks
 
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Sorry about that I wasn't aware of mistakes on that site. I was at Hoopeston about a month ago and posted about it here. It was open but there was no track prep. in fact there was 3ft. of weeds at the starting line. The track it self wasn't to bad, I had a good time but my son and I where the only ones there.
 
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Thanks for all the help you guys can give. It may be the case that I'm there soon enough for dirtweek 01, that would be cool. I wouldn't have my bike, but I'm sure there would still be good times. Hard pack will take some getting used to I guess. Thanks for the Naperville thing I'll need to look at housing when I get there so any suggestions will save me time. No winter AX:scream: We even have a few guys that set up small tracks in horse arenas. Nothing special, but any riding is better than none. We have a larger AX series that travels the Northwest that is pretty cool, but the jumps are serious stuff.
 

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Just thought of this......

I have a friend that is a real estate broker in Naperville. He rides and used to race with me years ago. In fact I may list my place with him soon. I bet he can help you if you get to that point. If so let me know i can get his e mail addy and or phone.
ken I thought i seen that post actually. I guess that list that has circulated for like 4 years kinda bugs me since I helped MXA put it together only to have them juggle all the track information and screw it up......go figure. Its to bad on Bailey's actually, I wasn't his biggest fan, but for alot of people in that area it was a nice place to ride/race. I think a different set of circumstances it mite have made it, but the way it was it was destine to fail.
 
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Thanks Wardy, when I get to that point I'll let you know. I was surfing the web and found a town that looked pretty cool its called Glen Ellyn heard of it? Seemed like a nice place.
 
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Someone called Joliet "motocross"? Well prep'd, great dirt . Uhh... it's outdoor supercross :scream:
That place down there by Wardy? Oh yeah, Buffalo.. used to have a good MX track, great place for trails, some intense stuff there.
 

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JJ,

My wife and I grew up in Glen Ellyn. It's a great place. Good schools. A little closer to the city than Naperville or Bartlett. Other towns like Wheaton and Elmhurst are very nice, also. Worth a look.
 
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How bad ARE the winters? I've heard things, and the weather sites say that the average snowfall is about 32''! Would love to hear from the real world
 
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JJ,

The winters around here these past few years haven't been all that bad, as far as snow goes. Last year we got dumped on in December, alot! But after that practically nothing. A few storms here and there but nothing that really caused any serious accumulation. Keep in mind that I'm talking about the Naperville area. Up north they might have gotten a bit more. The biggest problem is the cold. It can get down right cold around here during the winter. Of course I can remember some winters growing up that you could walk out of your first story window into the snow. But that was a long time ago. We're probably due for another one of those. :scream:

Just got back from Wardy's place yesterday. Nice area with some good trails and a small MX/SX track. He's looking at getting some more land so that will really add to the place. He's planning on keeping it open during the winter so if you don't mind the cold and snow there will be some winter riding around here. Okie is also right about Joliet, more of a SX track than MX. I think I've even heard them call it an outdoor AX track.
 

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Originally posted by JJmxr
How bad ARE the winters?
I grew up in Seattle and went to school in Ellensburg. Moved to Texas in '91, got married and moved to Chicago in '98. The three big snowstorms I remember in Seattle were November of '78, November of '85 and December of '90. Those were nothing compared to what Chicago gets. Our first winter there we received 2 feet of snow on January 1st and 2nd of '99. I was semi-prepared, but my wife, the Texan, freaked out. Luckily both vehicles have 4-wheel drive. Our second winter there was very mild with warmer temps. and very little snowfall. Last winter was a doozy. We lived 60 miles south of the city in Bourbonnais. I had to commute into Elk Grove Village when I was in town. If it snowed, It would take at least three hours. I used to count the number of vehicles, stuck on the shoulder or median, on I-57 between exit 315 and I-80, approximately 30 miles. The record was 47 one day last December. We went skiing in Tahoe early in January and there was more snow in my back yard than on the slopes. The best advice I can give you is to buy a snow blower and insulated coveralls.