The soundtrack for the first NASCAR Chicago Street Race, set to transform Grant Park into a pop-up racecourse on the 4th of July weekend, includes more than screeching tires and roaring engines.
In addition to the 200 mph race cars, the two-day event features full-length concerts ranging from country to electronic dance, headlined by Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers and The Black Crowes, and NASCAR will announced on Wednesday.
NASCAR expects 100,000 attendees to attend festivals like Lollapalooza, which are designed to “reimagine the NASCAR experience in the heart of downtown Chicago,” said the president of Chicago Street Racing. Julie Guise said in a news release.
Scheduled for July 2, the televised Cup Series event will feature a 12-turn, 2.2-mile racecourse on a closed road lined with temporary fences, grandstands and hospitality suites, where NASCAR’s top Drivers parade inside and outside Grant Park. Texas singer-songwriter Charlie Crockett opens for country superstar Lambert before the race.
The second phase of NASCAR competition, the Xfinity Series races, is scheduled for July 1st. Southern rockers best known for their cover of 1990’s “Hard to Handle,” his The Black Crowes take the stage after the qualifying rounds, while The Chainsmokers take the stage. Electronic dance music duo will perform after the race on the first day.
General admission tickets for the two days, including the race and concert, start at $269 and go on sale February 2nd.
In November, NASCAR began selling two-day reservation tickets starting at $465. Premium club seats are much more expensive. At the top of the list is a temporary hospitality suite above Pit Road, where tickets to the President’s Paddock Club cost him over $3,000 apiece.
NASCAR has signed a three-year deal to transform the area around Grant Park into a racetrack. Under the terms of the deal, NASCAR will pay Chicago Park District $500,000 this year, $550,000 for him in 2024, and $605,000 for him in 2025, with a two-year renewal option. In addition, NASCAR pays the Park District a $2 fee per admission ticket and tiered commissions starting at 15% on food, beverages and merchandise sold at the event.
The course starts from Columbus Drive in front of Buckingham Fountain, which also serves as pit road. From there, drivers head south to Balbo Drive and jog east to Dusable Lake Shore Drive. The driver heads south along the lake, then turns west on Roosevelt Road, south Michigan before reaching the start/finish line. back to
NASCAR will have full access to the racetrack area for nine days before and three days after the event. However, the contract states that the entire staging window, the process of building and tearing down temporary facilities, will last for a month, starting three weeks before the race weekend.