by Kristin McCann

We all love that Chicago is a great year-round sports town, but there are just some sports that are a little difficult to play or do outside in the middle of winter. Golf is one of those sports. However, golf enthusiasts have many options to play a game or get in some practice, even when all of the outside courses are covered in snow. From driving ranges to high-tech simulated full range courses, these indoor golf options will help you improve your game and get a little exercise without getting frostbite.


Open 7 a.m. Closing time varies.
Fees range by age and time. Long-term passes available.

Ditka’s Sports Dome is a state-of-the-art multi-sport, multi-purpose facility. Activities include driving range, putting area, PGA golf lessons, and field rentals. The 6,000 square foot clubhouse features the 46 Zone Sports Bar and Grill, a spa and salon. Sometimes the site is closed for private events and there is a large haunted house on site during the Halloween season, so call to check that the golf range is open before you go.


Zigfield Troy offers golfers half a dozen heated and sheltered stations for year-round practice. Not exactly inside, but protected from the weather. In warmer parts of the year, the praised Par 3 course, a sand bunker/chipping area, plus an expansive bluegrass-tee practice range are available. Experienced PGA professional instructors provide lessons for adults and kids. You’ll also find a pro shop offering expert fitting of the latest technology equipment. And don’t forget about the exciting Lost Mountain Adventure Mini Golf right next door.

Hours by appointment only
Hours and Prices Vary

The weather is always perfect and the course is always in pristine condition at Golfer’s Paradise. Experience golf with state-of-the-art, top-notch simulators that provide you access to more than 35 courses from around the world. PGA teachers are available to take your game to the next level. Golfer’s Paradise is available for corporate events as well.


The EBC Golf Center includes five hitting stations with a range of 90 feet, enabling golfers to follow their ball flight from the beginning. The Golf Center also includes a putting area, a sand bunker and an elevated and contoured green for chipping and pitching. PGA-certified professionals guide players toward a consistent swing and more enjoyment on the course. The EBC offers a variety of group classes for those at every level of play, as well as private lessons.

Bogie’s Downers Grove features seven Full Swing Golf Simulators with courses from around the world and a concession area serving beer, wine, and a limited menu. Bogie’s Indoor Golf Club in Oswego features seven Full Swing Golf Simulators, an 18-hole, glow in the dark mini-golf course, a party room and concession area serving beer, wine, and a limited menu.


The White Pines Golf Dome is one of the world’s premiere indoor golf facilities. Measuring 300-feet wide, 300-feet long and 100-feet high, it is the area’s largest golf dome. It features five large target greens each surrounded by bunkers, a 45-ft. long contoured putting green, six suspended hitting targets for practicing your accuracy, 50 hitting tees on two levels and a state-of-the-art virtual golf simulator, four large screen televisions, broadcasting the latest golf and other sporting events. The dome maintains a constant temperature of approximately 64 degrees even on the coldest winter days. The dome has an indoor snack bar which sells beer, soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

The Golf and Sports Center offers a temperature controlled, realistic practice environment suitable for practicing full shots and the short games. The facility features a putting green and a separate chipping green with two sand bunkers. There is also a full service pro shop with clubs, soft goods, custom fitting equipment & club repair. The snack shop offers soft drinks, sandwiches, chips and other refreshments.

Kristin McCann is working mom with two young girls. She strives to have fun, quality time with her family and a fulfilling professional career – even though many believe the two to be mutually exclusive.
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