Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush as NASCAR announces the highly anticipated ticket sales for the annual Chicago Street Race in July 2024. In a spectacular two-day event set against the backdrop of downtown Chicago, racing enthusiasts are in for a treat with top-tier racing, star-studded concerts, and breathtaking views of the city skyline and lakefront.
1. Event Overview:
Buckle up for the 2024 Chicago Street Race, a thrilling spectacle unfolding on a 2.2-mile course in downtown Chicago on July 6 and July 7. The NASCAR Cup Series is returning to the city streets for the second time, promising an unparalleled experience for fans.
2. NASCAR Ticket Information:
Mark your calendars as tickets for this heart-pounding event go on sale starting Wednesday, Dec. 6. Prices start at a competitive $150 for single-day tickets. Families can rejoice, as children 12 and under enjoy free general admission for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race, also known as the Loop 110. Youth prices for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Race, the Grand Park 165, begin at an affordable $45.
3. Diverse Ticket Options:
Dive into a world of possibilities with various ticket options. Opt for the two-day general admission tickets, starting at $269, or elevate your experience with upgrade opportunities for reserved seating and premium experiences. Indulge in the pinnacle of racing luxury with two-day reserved tickets, offering exclusive suite seating options, private lounge access, and more, beginning at $398.
4. Race Schedule:
The action-packed weekend kicks off with the Xfinity Series race at 1:30 p.m. on July 6, followed by the highly anticipated NASCAR Cup Series race at 3:30 p.m. Central on July 7. Race enthusiasts can expect the same thrilling course as the unforgettable 2023 edition.
5. Economic Impact:
The 2023 Chicago Street Race proved to be more than just a sporting event, generating over $8.3 million in state and local tax revenues. Notably, 52% of attendees traveled from out-of-state, underscoring the race’s regional and national appeal.
6. Broadcasting Success:
NBC witnessed unprecedented success in 2023, with the Chicago Street Race becoming its most-watched NASCAR event since 2017. The event also etched its name in history as the most-streamed race in NBC’s archives.
7. Weather Challenges:
Despite facing adverse weather conditions, including heavy rain, the 2023 race was a spectacle to remember. The event concluded with Shane Van Gisbergen’s victorious NASCAR debut on the streets of Chicago.
8. Community Impact and Improvements:
Post-event, Mayor Brandon Johnson engaged in discussions with NASCAR to address concerns raised by residents, alderpeople, and stakeholders. Changes for the 2024 edition include shortened setup and teardown windows, reduced travel disruption for residents, and a comprehensive reevaluation of the financial burden on the city.
9. Contract Controversy and Positive Commitments:
The three-year contract, previously criticized for its secretive dealings, includes terms where NASCAR pays the city $2 per ticket sold, along with a percentage of net commissions on food and beverage sales. Mayor Johnson highlighted NASCAR’s commitment to expanding investments in Chicago communities and providing opportunities for small-, minority-, and women-owned businesses.
Anticipation is reaching fever pitch for the 2024 Chicago Street Race, where NASCAR’s dedication to addressing past concerns and enhancing the overall experience promises an event that not only thrills racing fans but also contributes positively to the city’s economy and community.