The 10 Best Sports Centers in Illinois!

Communities across Illinois offer sports centers that provide a variety of spaces for sports and recreational activity, ranging from field sports, to weight lifting, to ice skating. Sports centers offer leagues, programs, and other amenities for the public to stay active. These best sports centers cater to both athletes and the non-athletes and provide a high-quality space for your favorite recreational activities. 

1. McFetridge Sports Center, Chicago, IL

McFetridge Sports Center caters to a wide variety of athletes by offering year-round competitive recreational and competitive ice hockey, skating, and tennis programs. This awe-inspiring sports center features a NHL-size ice arena, a 50-yard outdoor pool, four outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a tennis pro shop, and other indoor amenities. They also house Illinois’ first wheelchair-friendly baseball field. 

2. Northbrook Sports Center, Northbrook, IL

Northbrook Sports Center provides fun and competitive recreational activities for the entire family. As one of the most popular sports venues in North Shore, this 23.5-acre sports center offers an indoor skating rink for freestyle, competitive figure skating, public skating, and hockey, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playground, and more. Several Olympic skating champions have trained at this facility. 

3. Bo Jackson's Elite Sports, Lockport, IL

Proudly known as a leading indoor sports training center, Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports features 88,000 square-feet of training space for athletic training. Turf sport teams such as football, soccer, and lacrosse can train here as well as individual athletic sports. Bo Jackson’s is also dedicated to empowering the whole athlete beyond just skill training, providing a competitive edge. 

4. Sycamore Family Sports Center, Sycamore, IL

Sycamore Family Sports Center is the perfect place for spending time with family and friends. They offer batting cages for all skill levels, three soccer cages for practicing your skills, and a driving range with over 50 practice bays. Other fun activities include 18-hole mini golf, jump shot, and go karts. 

5. Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, Chicago, IL

This 150,000-square-foot architectural wonder is the ultimate sports and recreational facility. It features a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool, multipurpose dance studio, and a gymnasium that seats over 1,600 people. Ratner Athletics Center is also home to several University of Chicago sports teams. 

6. Skokie Sports Park, Skokie, IL

Skokie Sports Park is ideal for golf lovers. It even made the list of top 50 golf ranges in America. This year-round sports park features a 40-station range, two adventure golf courses, and batting cages. Golfers appreciate the automatic tee-up system, which allows easy access with the swipe of a debit card. 

7. The Recreation & Athletic Center, Springfield, IL

This beautiful facility not only houses the UIS basketball and volleyball teams, but also provides recreational activities for Springfield locals. The 72,000-square-foot Recreation & Athletic Center features three badminton courts, three basketball and volleyball courts, cardio and weight training areas, two racquetball courts, an elevated running track, multi-purpose exercise room, performance area, and juice bar. Built in 2007, this new multi-purpose facility is worth the visit. 

8. Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, Oak Park, IL

Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex offers a wide variety of sports and recreational activities year-round. This newly renovated, energy-efficient facility features a baseball/softball field, dance studio, swimming pool, multi-purpose field, fitness studio, and indoor ice rink (open all year). They also provide Wi-Fi access and a dog park (permit required). 

9. Westwood Fitness & Sports Center, Sterling, IL

The Westwood Fitness & Sports Center consists of two separate buildings, making this sports center the largest in the district. One building features a 200-meter indoor track, 60-yard football/soccer field, two batting cages, four indoor racquetball courts, four indoor tennis courts, a wrestling room, and Sauk Valley’s largest fitness facility. This sports center also offers CrossFit, basketball and volleyball leagues, indoor flag football, and other sports activities. 

10. Morgan Park Sports Center, Chicago, IL

Morgan Park Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility featuring an ice skating rink, gymnastics center, fitness center, and yoga studio. This beautiful venue is open 18 hours per day, seven days a week to provide a variety of recreational and competitive sporting activities to individuals of all skill levels and ages. 

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