Between the snow, frigid temperatures, freezing rain and mighty wind-gusts, it can become impossible to get outside for a nice walk or jog. If cabin fever is setting in, and you are needed a little non-gym exercise, we have compiled a list of a few indoor walking tracks in Lake County. These tracks are available to the public to use–so get your legs moving.
As I prepare for some spring races, indoor tracks are an essential part of my preparation. None of these facilities requires a membership, but you can certainly get one for a great price and enjoy full use of the facilities.
Indoor Walking Tracks in Lake County
Lindenhurst Park District
2200 East Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst | (847) 356-6011
This one is a personal favorite because it is both close to home, reasonably priced, and offers a few extra amenities. Open from 9:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m., it costs only $1 for residents and $2 for non-residents. Besides the three-lane indoor track, it also has two elliptical machines, a rower and a weight area, and offers towel use on the honor system. The only downside is that the track is one of the smallest in the area at approximately 14 laps per mile.
Libertyville Sports Complex1950 N. IL Route 45, Libertyville | (847) 367-1502
This indoor comprehensive sports complex opens its doors to walkers and runners on Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For only $1, you may use the perimeter of the facility (which does not have an official track, but works just as well). One lap is 1/4 mile, making it the biggest one in the area. It is stroller-friendly, and walkers or runners may use the locker rooms.
Waukegan Park District Field House
800 Baldwin Avenue, Waukegan | (847) 782-3300
This state-of-the-art facility offers many great amenities in addition to the track, but we are just talking abut the track today. The track hours are the same as the facilities. Track-only, day passes are only $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents; however, there are special free times for Waukegan residents (Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday free hours for Waukegan residents atre 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.). The track is 7 laps per mile.
Park District of Highland Park
1207 Park Avenue West, Highland Park | (847) 579-4554
Walk or run this track for FREE for both residents and non-residents. This is the only FREE free indoor track in the area! The track is 12 laps to 1 mile.
Gurnee Park District
920 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee | (847) 623-7788
The Hunt Club Road location has an indoor track with drop-in rates of $8 for students and $12 for adults. The track is small at 12 laps per mile. The rate also allows you to use the rest of the indoor gym facilities.
Buffalo Grove Fitness Center
601 W. Deerfield Parkway, Buffalo Grove | (847) 353-7501
This walking track is open to all residents and non-residents of Buffalo Grove for $15 a day, which includes use of all of the gym facilities. The track has three lanes and averages 10 laps per mile.
Mundelein Park District
1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein | (847) 566-0650
This site offer a 1/13th of a mile track with three lanes and a stretching area. The drop-in rate is $10 for residents and $13 for non-residents, and includes use of all of the gym facilities.
And don’t forget that your local mall has lots of early rising mall walkers for laps around the shops without the temptation to shop. Check out Gurnee Mills and Hawthorn Mall for walking communities there. And there are other options to get in a work out for free in Lake County.
Where is your favorite indoor walking track in Lake County?