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- Trackside OTB
940 W. Weed Street
Chicago IL 60642-2540
Trackside’s newest location is in Joe's Bar on Weed Street (right across from our old Mud Bug OTB) is 20,000+ square foot warehouse-style venue located near the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago specializing in sports, live music and private parties. Joe's is host to both national and local music groups and have been home to acts such as Keith Urban, Rick Springfield, and Grammy award-winning Lady Antebellum. Joe’s is home to 14 different college alumni groups such as the Fighting Illini, the Indiana Hoosiers and the Florida Gators Joe’s features unique entertainment and seating options throughout to include a newly constructed state-of-the-art OTB simulcast center. Arlington added more than 70 LED televisions to the 110 sets that already resided in Joe’s Bar. Without a doubt, a merger of Illinois biggest OTB operation with Chicago’s greatest sports bar.
OTB Hours of Operation
- Sunday - Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
- Friday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. or last Illinois race
- For Race Event Days – please call for early opening hours
Joe's Bar Hours of Operation
- Monday-Thursday 5pm-12am or 2am
- Friday 5pm-4am
- Saturday 11am-5am
- Sunday 11am-8pm/12am (depends on events/games)
The City of Chicago and Cook County requires us to collect a $2 Admission Tax from each guest using wagering services.
Racing Information & Services
Daily Racing Forms, Simulcast Programs, Illinois Programs and tip sheets are available at our programs counter.
Food & Beverage Service
Joe’s Bar provides for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are accepted. You can watch the races in a comfortable atmosphere while enjoying delicious sandwiches, salads or a light appetizer and bar foods.
Joe’s can accommodate private parties with a wide range of food and drink packages. Contact one of Joe’s managers for more information at (312) 337-3486.
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From I-90/94: take the NORTH AVE exit. Go 1 mile EAST on NORTH AVE. Turn RIGHT onto FREEMONT. Turn LEFT at the first corner/WEED ST. Trackside Chicago is on the RIGHT side of the street in the middle of the block.
From Lake Shore Drive: take the NORTH AVE exit. Go .95 miles WEST on NORTH AVE. Turn LEFT onto FREEMONT. Turn LEFT at the first corner/WEED ST. Trackside Chicago is on the RIGHT side of the street in the middle of the block.
Trackside Chicago offers daily valet service in addition to street parking. There are four self-park lots and garages within one block of Trackside Chicago including a lot on FREEMONT next to Grossinger Auto Mall.
Bus: Take the North Avenue Bus (72/NORTH), which stops at the corner of North and Sheffield Ave. Walk one block SOUTH on SHEFFIELD AVE. Turn LEFT on WEED ST. Trackside Chicago is on the RIGHT side of the street in the middle of the block.
Train: Take the Red Line to the CLYBOURN stop. Walk one block WEST on NORTH AVE. Turn LEFT on FREEMONT ST. Walk ½ block and turn RIGHT on WEED ST. Trackside Chicago is on the RIGHT side of the street in the middle of the block.