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City announces road closures for July 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race


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CHICAGO (CBS) — The NASCAR Chicago Street Race returns for a second year in July, and the city released a traffic plan for the event on Wednesday.

This year’s race will be held on July 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday. It will be the second in a series of three series.

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

The city released the following list of street closures:

Pre-race activities at Grant Park

  • Monday June 10: Ida B. Wells Drive will be closed from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive beginning at 12:01 a.m. This allows key viewing areas to be constructed. There will also be limited parking restrictions on southbound Columbus Drive between Jackson and Balbo Drives.
  • Wednesday June 19 to Thursday June 20: A temporary road closure will be in effect from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM on northbound Michigan Avenue from Congress Circle to Jackson Drive to allow a pedestrian walkway to be installed while viewing structures are under construction.
  • Wednesday, June 26 – Starts at 8 p.m: The northbound lane will be closed at Congress Circle, also known as Congress Plaza Drive.
  • Thursday, June 27 – Starts at 7 p.m The curb will be closed on Columbus Drive between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Significant street closures

  • Thursday, June 27 – Starts at 7 p.m Jackson Drive is closed between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
  • Friday June 28 – From 8am Balbo Drive is closed from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The intersection of the Balbo and DuSable Lake Shore driveways remains open.
  • Friday, June 28 – Starts at 7 p.m. Balbo Drive will be completely closed from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.
  • Saturday, June 29 – Starts at 7 p.m Southbound Columbus Drive is closed from Balbo Drive to Roosevelt Road.
  • Monday July 1 – From 1am Columbus Drive is closed between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road. Jackson Drive is closed between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Monday, July 1 – start at 9 p.m Southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Randolph Drive and William L. McFetridge Drive. It will open again at 6am on July 2.
  • Tuesday, July 2 – Starts at 6am Congress Circle and the entrances at Michigan Avenue, Van Buren Street and Harrison Street are closed.
  • Thursday, July 4 – From 9 p.m Westbound and eastbound Roosevelt Road will be closed between Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Michigan Avenue is closed between Roosevelt Road and Jackson Drive.
  • Friday, July 5 – Starts at 12:01 PM Northbound and southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive 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 end of Indiana Avenue will be closed at 13th Street. Monroe Drive is closed between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
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Street closures during the race weekend – Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July

  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive south from Randolph Drive to William L. McFetridge Drive.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive north from William L. McFetridge Drive to Randolph Drive.
  • Northbound Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Jackson Drive.
  • Michigan Ave. southbound from Jackson Drive. 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.
  • Northbound Indiana Avenue from Roosevelt Road to 13th Street.
  • Post Location: Lower Wacker Drive entrance and exit.
  • Garvey Court: Entrance and exit from Lower Wacker Drive.
  • Monday July 8: Certain streets will reopen after the event. However, it is expected that all street closures will remain in place as the track wall, fencing and viewing structures are removed.
  • The city emphasizes that the priority streets to reopen are DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Ave. and Columbus Drive. Other street closures remain in place for the dismantling of the racing structures.
  • Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will begin reopening Monday, July 8 at 6 a.m., with everything expected to be removed from the NASCAR race by the end of the day July 18.
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The following streets are only accessible locally to residents and companies and their employees. The sidewalks are open during construction and dismantling (June 10 to July 18):

  • 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 Drive from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Jackson Boulevard from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • From Burenstraat from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Monroe Drive from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive south from Randolph Drive to Monroe Drive.
  • Northbound Michigan Avenue from 13th Street to 16th Street.
  • Northbound Indiana Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street.
  • The Columbus Drive Underpass and the 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 alternate routes, but warns that other streets may be closed if deemed necessary:

  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive northbound will remain open from South Shore Drive in Jackson Park until the merger with the Stevenson Expressway (I-55).
  • To visit the Museum Campus from the south, motorists 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 that area – to drive north and access to 18th Drive.
  • To visit the Museum Campus from the north, motorists should take the inbound Stevenson Expressway, then merge onto northbound 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 will remain open in both directions in the areas where it runs.
  • 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, the South Loop and the 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.
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The city also notes that the Chicago Park District will prioritize public access during the race, keeping 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 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 rain showers on Sunday, July 2, turned a day of racing upside down. Last year’s opening race annoyed some people because of the road closures and disruptions.

Nevertheless, the race was seen as a major economic success for the city. Choose Chicago, the city’s tourist bureau the economic impact at almost $109 million.

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