What: NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend
Where: Grant Park, downtown Chicago
When: July 1, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. +
Chicago, IL – For NASCAR drivers the iconic scenes of the Chicago landscape will be a blur as they zoom by them in this year’s biggest street race taking place in downtown Chicago. For some, it may take some getting used to seeing Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain, The Field Museum and other popular tourist attractions as part of their 2.2-mile racecourse. But NASCAR fans are here for it, and even if you are not a big race enthusiast, the music festival featuring acts like The Black Crowes, Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers, and more, is sure to get you out to this year’s historic NASCAR event. Bring the kids for the interactive displays and stick around for Q&A with NASCAR pros. There will be something for everyone during NASCAR Weekend.
By now, if you live in Chicago, you might have already seen the scaffolding for the grandstands and the construction fences go up as the city gears up for a historic event. The City of Chicago has indicated in a press release: “The most significant closures will start on Sunday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m. with the closure of Columbus Dr. between Jackson Dr. and Roosevelt Rd. On Wednesday, June 28, at 10:00 p.m., southbound DuSable Lake Shore Dr. from Randolph St. to McFetridge Dr. will close. On Thursday, June 29, starting at 8:00 p.m., Roosevelt Rd. east of Columbus Dr. and northbound Michigan Ave. will close. On Friday, June 30, at 5:00 p.m. southbound Michigan Ave. between Balbo Dr. and Jackson Dr. will close. During race weekend, northbound DuSable Lake Shore Dr. will close on Saturday, July 1, at 4:00 a.m. between McFetridge Dr. and Randolph St. as an added safety precaution. Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Dr. will begin reopening Sunday, July 2.”
Jeff Burton, who is known as the mayor of NASCAR has said, “You have to really think outside the box to plan a course in one of the country’s biggest cities like Chicago,” but it is really happening this year. He also says that even if you are not a NASCAR enthusiast, you should come out and pick a driver to follow. You can get the NASCAR app on your phone, and follow the driver’s scanner, their crew chief and spotter. “This is something you cannot do in any sport,” he shares.
The races are scheduled as follows:
July 1, 2023 – 4:00 p.m. The Loop 121//NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
July 2, 2023 – 4:30 p.m. Grant Park 220//NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
This is an event like no other in NASCAR’s 75 years of existence, having been founded in 1948, and it’s taking place on the streets many people walk and drive on daily, which is sure to leave memories to last a lifetime.