Best Indoor Basketball Courts In Chicago

February 12, 2016 7:00 AM

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There’s only one way to describe weather in Chicago: unpredictable. Warm weather and sunny skies may give way to colder temperatures and rain, sometimes almost within the blink of an eye. So what does the weather have to do with indoor basketball courts? Quite a bit, actually, especially if you’re fairly serious about the game. If you want to play a game of hoops with friends or practice your three-point shots, then making your way to an indoor basketball court is a matter of practicality. Take a look at these indoor basketball courts in the Chicago area the next time you want to play a game or two. Keep in mind that some basketball courts may have schedules in place; additionally, you may need to pay a fee so you can play.
Chicago Park District
(312) 742-7529
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Chicagoans don’t have to look too far when it comes to finding an indoor basketball court. Chicago Park District has indoor gymnasiums throughout the city, with facilities in parks that include Altgeld Park in the East Garfield neighborhood and Broadway Armory Park in the Edgewater neighborhood. Contact the park you wish to visit regarding court reservations and the hours for open gym schedules. In addition to indoor basketball courts and gymnasiums, several parks offer fitness centers, racquetball courts and other indoor amenities.

Ray And Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
1250 W. 119th St.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773)-995-0151
www.kroccenterchicago.com

Located in the Chicago neighborhood of West Pullman, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has indoor basketball courts complete with bleacher-style seating. You can also break up your lunchtime routine by registering in the center’s Noon Hoops program, with additional details on the center’s website. In addition to indoor basketball courts, the center boasts batting cages as well as soccer, tennis and volleyball courts — all located indoors. When the weather warms up, check out the center’s outdoor amenities, too, which include a baseball park and basketball courts. The center also has a competition pool and even an indoor waterpark. The center’s website also has details on obtaining a membership; day passes to the center are also available.

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Recreation Center Of Highland Park
1207 Park Ave. W.
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 579-4554
www.pdhp.org

If you’re in the North Shore suburbs, then you can play a friendly game of basketball with family or friends at the recreation center of Highland Park. The Park District of Highland Park’s center features two indoor basketball courts which are also available for rental. There is a single-visit fee of $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents if you feel like trying out the courts, and a ten-visit pass is available for $40 and $60, respectively, if you’d like to play even more. When can you stop by and play? Take a look at the rec center’s website for a schedule of open gym times so you can plan your schedule accordingly. The rec center also offers yoga classes and has amenities that include a fitness center, an indoor pool and a walking track.

Sport Center
Schaumburg Park District
1141 W. Irving Park Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 891-1266
www.parkfun.com

The northwest suburbs offer a few options for indoor basketball courts, including the Sport Center of Schaumburg Park District located in the northwest suburb of Schaumburg. The center has four basketball courts under its roof so you can play without worrying about wind, rain or other unpleasant weather. Switch up your fitness plan a bit and play volleyball or soccer indoors at the stadium, too. Membership fees, including daily use fees, are available for both residents and non-residents and are posted on the park district’s website. Basketball courts are also available for rent for a party or even a corporate event.

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Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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