Awards Banquet

Celebrate the racing season at the CARA Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 4, 2017 

Celebrate an exciting and successful 2016 racing season with CARA at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart-Plaza River North. CARA Runners Choice Circuit Runners of The Year, Indvidual, Age Group, Age Graded, Clydesdale / Athena, Corporate Circuit and Youth Circuit award winners will be honored along with Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

Date / Time: Saturday, February 4th, 2017, Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Meal and awards program begins at Noon. Acitivities will conclude prior to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart-Plaza River North (350 West Mart Center Dr., Chicago).

Menu: Enjoy a plated meal. Included will be Lagunita’s Beer (one complimentary per attendee), Coffee, DeCaf, Hot Tea, Ice Tea. A cash bar will also be available serving wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks. Standard, Vegan/Vegetarian and Gluten Free meals available upon request (indicate on registration form).

Dress:  Cocktail Attire to Informal Cocktail Attire is recommended.

Ticket Purchase: To purchase click HERE. CARA members, and those who have registered for CARA events previously, may log-in to their member accounts to register. If you do not have an account with CARA please follow the instructions for “New Users”. A credit card will be needed at time of registration. For assistance with registration please e-mail or call 312-666-9836. Groups wiching to purchase reserved tables and pay by check please use this FORM. Form must be received by the purchase deadlines. 

Ticket Prices: Until Jan. 22Jan. 23 to Feb 1At Doors*
Adult $60 $70 $80
Youth (18 & Under) $35 $35 $80
Reserved Table of 10 $550 $550 n/a

 *If space available.

Policies: A credit card processing fee will be added to each individual transaction. Groups wishing to purchase reserved tables and pay by check please use this FORM. Form must be received by the purchase deadlines. 


Wolf Point Parking is located off the hotel front drive entrance. Garage clearance is 8.2ft. Discounted self parking parking will be available during the event to all attendees for $10 ($25 discount off regular rate). Overnight parking will be available for attendees for a discounted rate of $20. No valet parking is available.


Hotel Location Map / Directions: HERE

  • From Ogilvie Station:  0.7 Miles
  • From Union Station:  0.9 Miles
  • From Millennium Station:  0.9 Miles
  • Brown / Purple Lines Merchandise Mart Station: Walk 0.2 Miles
  • Green / Pink / Blue / Orange Lines Clark & Lake Station:  Walk 0.3 Miles
  • Red Line: Transfer at Lake to Brown / Purple Lines, Stop at Merchandise Mart Station:  Walk 0.2 Miles


Attendees wishing to stay downtown for the evening at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart-Plaza River North may reserve a room for a special CARA rate of $99. Overnight parking is available to attendees for a discounted rate of $20 ($15 discount). Call 855-268-0372 to reserve.

Coat Check: 

Free coat check will be available. Tips accepted.


Contact Greg Hipp at or 312-262-7831.

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