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The city announces road closures for the July 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The NASCAR Chicago Street Race will be held for the second time in July and the city released a transportation plan for the event on Wednesday.

This year's race will take place on July 6th and 7th – a Saturday and a Sunday. It will be the second engagement in three series.

The city worked with NASCAR to shorten track construction by six days this year, reducing preparation time from 25 days last year to 19 this year.

The city has released the following list of road closures:

Pre-race activity in Grant Park

  • Monday, June 10th: Ida B. Wells Drive will be closed from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive beginning at 12:01 a.m. This allows the construction of the main viewing areas. Limited parking restrictions will also be in place on southbound Columbus Drive between Jackson and Balbo drives.
  • Wednesday, June 19th to Thursday, June 20th: From 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., a temporary road closure will be in effect on northbound Michigan Avenue from Congress Circle to Jackson Drive so that a pedestrian walkway can be established while the observation decks are installed.
  • Wednesday, June 26th – Starts at 8 p.m: The northbound lane will be closed on Congress Circle, also known as Congress Plaza Drive.
  • Thursday, June 27th – Starts at 7 p.m The curb lane will be closed on Columbus Drive between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Significant road closures

  • Thursday, June 27th – Starts at 7 p.m Jackson Drive will be closed between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
  • Friday, June 28th – Starts at 8 a.m Balbo Drive will be closed from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The intersection of Balbo and DuSable Lake Shore on-ramps remains open.
  • Friday, June 28th – Starts at 7 p.m. Balbo Drive will be completely closed from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.
  • Saturday, June 29th – Starts at 7 p.m Southbound Columbus Drive will be closed from Balbo Drive to Roosevelt Road.
  • Monday, July 1st – Starts at 1am Columbus Drive will be closed between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road. Jackson Drive will be closed between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Monday, July 1st – Starts at 9 p.m Southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Randolph Drive and William L. McFetridge Drive. The reopening will take place on July 2nd at 6 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 2nd – Starts at 6 a.m Congress Circle and its entrances at Michigan Avenue, Van Buren Street and Harrison Street will be closed.
  • Thursday, July 4th – Starts at 9 p.m Westbound and eastbound Roosevelt Road will be closed between Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Michigan Avenue will be closed between Roosevelt Road and Jackson Drive.
  • Friday, July 5th – Starts at 12:01 a.m DuSable Lake Shore Drive northbound and southbound will be closed between Randolph Drive and William L. McFetridge Drive. Southbound Michigan Avenue will be closed between Roosevelt Road and Jackson Drive. The north side of Indiana Avenue will be closed at 13th Street. Monroe Drive will be closed between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Road closures on race weekend – Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July

  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive southbound from Randolph Drive to William L. McFetridge Drive.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive northbound from William L. McFetridge Drive to Randolph Drive.
  • Michigan Avenue north from Roosevelt Road to Jackson Drive.
  • From Jackson Drive south to Michigan Ave. to 8th Street.
  • Monroe Street from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Monroe Drive.
  • Roosevelt Road from DuSable Lake Shore Dr. to Michigan Avenue.
  • Jackson Drive from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Balbo Drive from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Ida B. Wells Drive from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.
  • Congress Circle from Harrison Street to Van Buren Street.
  • Indiana Avenue north from Roosevelt Road to 13th Street.
  • Post Place: Lower Wacker Drive entrance and exit.
  • Garvey Court: Entrance and exit from Lower Wacker Drive.
  • Monday, July 8th: Select streets will reopen after the event concludes. However, all road closures are expected to remain in effect as the track wall, fence and viewing structures are demolished.
  • The city emphasizes that priority streets for reopening are DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Ave. and Columbus Drive are. Further road closures remain in place due to the dismantling of the racing facilities.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive northbound will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, July 8. The removal of all parts of the NASCAR race is expected to be completed by the end of the day, July 18th.

The following streets will only be accessible to local residents, businesses and their employees. The sidewalks are open during the entire construction and dismantling period (June 10th to July 18th):

  • Michigan Avenue south from Monroe Street/Drive to Jackson Boulevard/Drive.
  • Michigan Avenue south from 8th Street to Roosevelt Road.
  • 8th Street from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • 9th Street from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • 11th Street from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Balbo Avenue from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Harrison Street from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Ida B. Wells Go from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Jackson Boulevard from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Van Buren Street from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Monroe Drive from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive southbound from Randolph Drive to Monroe Drive.
  • Michigan Avenue northbound from 13th Street to 16th Street.
  • Indiana Avenue northbound from 14th Street to 16th Street.
  • The Columbus Drive underpass and Chicago Lakefront Bicycle Path will remain open throughout the event (including the intersections with Monroe Drive and Roosevelt Road).
  • Pedestrians traveling west from Grant Park may only use and access the sidewalk on the north side of Monroe Drive, Roosevelt Road, or the Columbus Drive underpass.

The city is proposing these alternative routes, while warning that other roads may be closed if deemed necessary:

  • Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive remains open from South Shore Drive in Jackson Park to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) merge.
  • To visit the museum campus from the south, drivers can exit DuSable Lake Shore Drive at 31st Street and use Fort Dearborn Drive – the frontage road that runs east of DuSable Lake Shore Drive in this area – to travel north and to get to 18th Drive.
  • To visit the museum campus from the north, drivers should enter the inbound Stevenson Expressway and then proceed north on DuSable Lake Shore Drive and exit at 18th Drive.
  • Southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive remains open from Hollywood Avenue to Randolph Drive.
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive remains open in both directions in the areas where it passes.
  • The Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) remains open in both directions.
  • The Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) remains open in both directions.
  • The Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) remains open in both directions.
  • The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) remains open in both directions.
  • In the Loop, South Loop and Near South Side, the following streets remain open: State Street, Dearborn Street, Clark Street, LaSalle Street, Wells Street, Franklin Street, Upper Wacker Drive, Lower Wacker Drive, Randolph Street, Washington Street, Madison Street, Roosevelt Road west of Michigan Avenue, 18th Street.

The city also notes that the Chicago Park District will prioritize public access during the race and will keep more than half of Grant Park open throughout the event. Buckingham Fountain, Butler Field and Lower Hutchinson Field all remain open with minimal restrictions.

Maggie Daley Park and the Cancer Survivors' Garden within it will also remain open, as will the museum campus and all of its museums – the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.

Last year, record-breaking rainfall on Sunday, July 2nd, turned a day of racing on its head. Last year's inaugural race upset some people due to the road closures and disruptions.

Nevertheless, the race was seen as a great economic success for the city. Choose Chicago, the city's tourism agency the economic impact at nearly $109 million.