EXCLUSIVE: Is Chicagoland Speedway being reduced to an industrial complex?

Photo of subdivision plat provided to Kickin' the Tires

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

During the April 16, 2020, meeting of the Planning Division of Joliet, Ill, the agency tabled public discussion on plans for an item entitled “Final Plat of Chicagoland Speedway Subdivision Unit 1” that would see the creation of a subdivision encompassing much of the existing Chicagoland Speedway.

With the cancellation of its June race dates late last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chicagoland Speedway may have already seen its final NASCAR event when Alex Bowman took the checkered flag on June 30, 2019. The facility is the largest sports facility in Illinois, according to its website. The 1.5-mile track held its first Cup Series race on July 15, 2001, which was won by then-rookie Kevin Harvick.

According to an overlay plat – P-6-20a – provided to Kickin’ the Tires, much of the racetrack would become a new subdivision. However, it is not known for what purpose the land would be utilized. According to public documents, the potential use states, “To allow a future industrial development.”

The plat – dated April 8, 2020 – shows the racetrack being sliced essentially in half diagonally from Turn 2 across to about one-third of the way through the tri-oval and then north to W. Laraway Road. From there, the boundary line runs about a mile east along E. Laraway Road to Wauponsee Glacial Trail and then due south to W. Schweizer Road. The boundary line then goes west along W. Schweizer Road for approximately one half-mile before cutting north to the track’s outer perimeter, then west for about 200-feet and north again to Turn 2. There is also a 600-foot land barrier around the entire boundary of the proposed subdivision.

The new complex would take in all of the existing camping areas along the backstretch of the track.

It is not known who the potential developer is at this time or if the plans are being put forth by the city of Joliet. During the April 16 meeting – held by teleconference – there was a person who called in to discuss the planned subdivision, but the issue was quickly tabled until July 16, 2020.

“I do believe we had a person that registered to call, be called, on this but given that it is going to be tabled, we can have staff have that person call-in at the appropriate time on the 16th,” said Kendall Jackson, Joliet’s Director of Community Development, during the meeting.

An attempt to contact Michael Schwarz, Joliet’s Director of Planning, via email was unsuccessful as of publication.

A NASCAR spokesperson, reached Sunday afternoon, said the company had no comment.

The planning division numbers for the tabled project and related agenda items were, P-6-20 and FP.3.20.

18 Comments

  1. Linda Kokalj

    May 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I am. founders member. Are they closing the track?

  2. William

    May 10, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    That sucks more traffic more people no roads no shopping what a poor place for housing I like the track there. Just my opinion Joliet needs to elect new officials guess what’s in it for them?

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  5. sb

    May 11, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Don’t think this track would be missed for the less than stellar racing is provides.

  6. Ralph Crain

    May 11, 2020 at 9:21 am

    about damm time

  7. Boller A. Boll Jr

    May 11, 2020 at 11:14 am

    how many more warehouses, storage facilities giant buildings can you put up , before they become obselete , like shopping centers ?

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  9. TRW Racing

    May 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Track is staying yes!!! But somehow Texas, Michigan and Kansas still have 2 dates. New Hampshire still has a race along with the brickyard. Amazing with fake news that people ASSUME the track was disappearing. Must be the current generation.

  10. sean

    May 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Obviously you haven’t seen the last two races.

  11. Rick

    May 11, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Ralph, just because your not a Race car Fan, Doesn’t mean the rest of us Don’t want it. We enjoy our Racing, that’s what we like for the past 22 years.. It gives us a Break from the Rat Race, I go to the Drag Strip more octane, because we have many Friends that Race, my Brother still has his Pro St Car, & my Cousin owns a Hi Performance machine shop in Molina.. If the the tracks bother you that bad then move, but quit whining…

  12. Jason Herring

    May 11, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I used to work in a city planning department in Texas, and based on my experience, if someone submits a plat that substantially changes what on the property…then is MUST BE the PROPERTY OWNER who is doing it! One cannot change property unless they own it. Clearly, the owners of Chicagoland are looking to get out. So what not just sell the property outright, and let the NEW OWNERS decide what to do with the track. Let them decide it they want to keep the speedway, or tear it down and replace it with something else. Such a change in many (all?) states would also require a zoning change, which often precedes a property sale (new owner’s project financiing contigent on a zoninbg change FIRST??)

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  14. ChicagoblandSpeedway

    May 12, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Nobody will miss it, lol

  15. Dan

    May 12, 2020 at 9:57 am

    good get rid of that track and bring back North Wilkesboro everybody wants North Wilkesboro back

  16. T Driver

    May 12, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Good, I hope they do. Asscar sucks, they use to be one of the best series. Now the leadership are just a bunch of liberal saleouts. Nascar died a long time ago…….

  17. RadRacer

    May 12, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Some people just hate for others to have fun.

  18. Coco olson

    May 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    That track was doomed before it opened…trying to money grab with PSL Seating and you had to buy the entire race weekends…..and a scorching July date with absolutely no shade, no coolers allowed or water bottles…..

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