Lincolnshire Approves Big Sports Complex
The Lincolnshire Village Board approved plans for a massive sports facility next to Interstate 94, a project that will include basketball and squash courts, an Olympic swimming pool, an indoor turf field and two ice rinks.
St. James plans to open the 450,000-square-foot complex on a 40-acre property at I-94 and Half Day Road formerly occupied by Medline. It would be the second sports and recreation facility for St. James, a recreation company that plans to open its first one outside Washington next month.
The property’s developer, Chicago-based GlenStar Properties, had proposed also building a Topgolf driving range on the site but dropped that plan amid opposition from Lincolnshire residents. Though some residents raised concerns about GlenStar’s revised plan, citing increased traffic and other issues, the village board approved the development last night.
“Our goal is to bring the premium, dynamic and scaled experience that is the St. James to every major market in the country,” St. James co-founder and co-CEO Craig Dixon said in a statement. “With our expansion to Chicago, people who are passionate about sports, wellness and active fun in two of the largest markets in the country will have an opportunity to pursue their passions in a wholly unique way.”
About the only thing missing from the project is a curling rink. Expected to open in 2020, the complex also will include batting cages, a gymnastics center, a climbing wall, fitness center, spa, water park and zip lines.