For the first time ever NASCAR is introducing a street race into their Cup Series. A race-style typically saved for open-wheel racing like Formula 1, this will be the first time stock cars are taken away from their standard oval tracks and placed onto a street course. NASCAR has chosen Chicago as the prime location for its Street Race Weekend, a city that used to host a race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet from 2001-2019.
However, this will be a completely different animal. Taking these cars through the tall buildings of Chicago and along iconic Lake Michigan will make for some scenic moments. On top of the racing, the city has planned out a festival surrounding the events hosted by NASCAR. Musical guests, The Black Crowes, The Chainsmokers, Charley Crockett, and Miranda Lambert will all perform, it is slated to be an action-packed weekend at Grant Park.
Saturday, July 1st – Sunday, July 2nd. Gates open at 9 am both days.
The 12-turn track is placed between Michigan Ave. and Lake Shore Drive. It goes around Grant park and crosses in front of Buckingham Fountain. South Columbus Dr. will be transformed into the pit lane for the race with multiple streets lined by Grandstands for the events. I mean, just look how badass this eNASCAR race looks.
Saturday, July 1 (Gates open at 9 am)
10:00 am – Practice and Qualifying
TBD – Pre-Race Concert ft. The Black Crowes
4:00 pm – Nascar Xfinity Series Race
TBD – Post-Race Concert ft. The Chainsmokers
Sunday, July 2 (Gates open at 9 am)
TBD – Pre-Race Concert ft. Charley Crockett and Miranda Lambert
4:30pm – NASCAR Cup Series Race
TBD – Victory Lane Celebration
On top of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, multiple shows and concerts are planned with Grant Park being a Concert Venue. From the looks of the planning, it looks like a jam-packed weekend. With more than just the races on offer, there will be enough entertainment for anyone looking for something to fill their weekend.
There are multiple different ticket packages available to suit whatever needs you may need. General Admission tickets get you access to both days of the event
General Admission: $269
General Admission+: $353
Field Reserved: $521
Michigan Reserved: $465
Premium Hospitality Clubs
Fountain Club: $1,417
Balbo Club: $857 (SOLD OUT)
President’s Paddock Club: $3,377
Suites: Congress Suite and Garden Suite: Scheduled by Call
On top of all these different ticket packages, there is also the NASCAR Chicago Experiences. These provide racing fans with unparalleled access to the Race, premium seating locations, driver meet-and-greets, pit lane walks and so much more. The information on different packages can be found here.
Any other information can be found on the official website at https://www.nascarchicago.com/. As well as on the official NASCAR Instagram closer to Race Day.
Image Credit: NASCAR Chicago