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Balmoral Park Racetrack

26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, Illinois  [view mapview map]   

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Casino opened:August 9, 1926
Self parking:Yes


Hotels: Crete Hotels


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Balmoral Park Racetrack Review

Balmoral Park Racetrack is located at 26435 South Dixie Highway, just south of Crete, Illinois. The facility first opened August 9, 1926 and is currently owned by George Steinbrenner's family and a group of local track operators headed by Billy Johnston and his sons John and Duke.

The 5/8 mile track was eliminated in 1995 and a state-of-the-art lighting system was installed on the one-mile harness racing oval.

The track hosts harness racing for most of the year except for a period in January and February when the track is dark. On June 1, full-card simulcast wagering started and is still available today, year round. There are two restaurants and multiple concessions outlets track-side, and on the first and second floors. Crowd capacity for live racing is about 70,000.

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Gaming at Balmoral Park

Experience the excitement of live harness racing at  the legendary Balmoral Park from mid-March through the end of December. The two days per week season ends at the end of March and then live racing is presented 3 times per week for the remainder of the year. The first post time is 7:10pm, gates open 2 hours earlier.

Simulcast wagering is available 7 days a week all year round.

Live Racing Schedule

March 15 - March 31 ~`Saturday and Sunday

April 2 - December 31 ~ Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

(No live racing on Easter or Christmas) Most years February is also on the calendar.

Simulcast Wagering

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11am - 11:00pm
Thursday  11am - Midnight
Friday, Saturday 11am -  1am

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Balmoral Club Dining Room

  • Serving: American

The Balmoral Club Dining Room overlooks the spectacular 1 mile long oval harness racing track at Balmoral Park. The ambiance is cheerful and light. The service is first rate and the dining experience is "race-day best." The cuisine is bright and brilliant and offers diners multiple choices in classic fare. Come on Saturday night (reservations are highly recommended) and enjoy a lavish buffet with delicious entrees, freshly made soups and salads, and decadent desserts.

  • Price range: Upscale
  • Reservations: (708) 672-1414
  • Attire: Race Day Casual
  • Takes reservations
  • Buffet

Lincoln Room Bar & Grill

  • Serving: Cafe/Variety

The Lincoln Room Bar & Grill is located on the second floor at Balmoral Park. It'sa great place to come watch the live harness racing from a lofty perch, or enjoy the inter-track wagering facilities with plenty of big screen TVs to catch the action. There are many seating options including the winner's circle, private booths, and viewing carrells. There is a full service bar and an extensive menu featuring appetizers, hot sandwiches, soups, salads,  and desserts.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (708) 672-1414
  • Alcohol: Full Bar

Concessions at Balmoral Park

  • Serving: American, Snacks / Hotdogs, Pizza, Cafe/Variety

No matter where you are at or what you are doing at Balmoral Park you will find a handy concession stand with something tasty to meet your hunger head on. When you are watching the horse races there are several trackside vendors ready to serve you without the need to leave the action. Inside, you will find  venues with burgers, hot dogs, Italian beef,  pizza, nachos, hot pretzels, ice cream, beer, soft drinks and  more on the first and second floors. It's a great way to grab a quick bite without sacrificing convenience or quality.

  • Price range: Budget
  • Reservations: (708) 672-1414
  • Alcohol: Beer
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  • Outdoor seating

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Address: 26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, IL 60417, USA

Phone: (708) 672-1414

Fax: (708) 672-5932


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Twitter: @BalmoralPark

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Casino hours

Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Monday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Thursday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Friday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00am to 12:00am

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