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Street closures for 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race announced – NBC Chicago

Chicago and NASCAR officials have unveiled a new traffic plan for this year’s NASCAR Chicago Street Race, the second summer street race to be held in the city.

This year’s event, scheduled for July 6-7, will feature a shortened closure schedule, officials said, citing “lessons learned” from last year.

Officials say the new plan is six days shorter than the previous run, with just 19 days needed for assembly and dismantling, compared to 25 days in 2023.

However, there will be numerous street closures, parking restrictions and pedestrian detours associated with the event.

“Now in its second year, the City of Chicago is working with NASCAR in planning and executing the 2024 race to minimize disruption to residents and visitors,” Jose Tirado, executive director of the Office of emergency management and communications (OEMC). in Chicago, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority, and OEMC will help monitor all racing activities before the event, throughout the race weekend and after the event to help coordinate city resources.”

Officials noted that while many streets will be closed, “all businesses and residences will remain accessible during course setup, race weekend and during troubleshooting.” There will also be adjustments to public transportation routes due to the closures.

Access to popular locations like Buckingham Fountain, Butler Field and Lower Hutchinson Field is expected to remain open “with minimal restrictions.” Maggie Daley Park, the Cancer Survivors Garden and the museum campus will also remain open throughout the event, officials said.

Here is a complete list of announced closures:

Pre-race activity at Grant Park

  • Monday June 10: Ida B. Wells Parkway will close from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Parkway beginning at 12:01 a.m. to allow construction of primary viewing areas; and limited parking restrictions will be in place along southbound Columbus Drive between Jackson and Balbo Drives.
  • From Wednesday June 19 to Thursday June 20: Temporary road closure from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on northbound Michigan Avenue from Congress Circle to Jackson Dr. to allow for the installation of a pedestrian bridge while the observation structures are assembled.
  • Wednesday June 26 – From 8 p.m.: Closure of the northbound travel lane on Congress Circle.
  • Thursday June 27 – From 7 p.m. Closure of a lane along Columbus Drive between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Major street closures

  • Thursday June 27 – From 7 p.m. Closure of Jackson Dr. between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr.
  • Friday June 28 – From 8 a.m. Closure of Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive (intersection will remain open).
  • Friday June 28 – From 7 p.m.. Complete closure of Balbo Dr., Michigan Ave. at Columbus Dr.
  • Saturday June 29 – From 7 p.m. Southbound lane closure on Columbus Drive from Balbo Drive to Roosevelt Road.
  • Monday July 1 – From 1 a.m. Closure of Columbus Drive between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Road. Closure of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Monday July 1 – From 9 p.m. Closure of southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive between Randolph Street and McFetridge Road. Reopening at 6 a.m. on July 2.
  • Tuesday July 2 – From 6 a.m. Closure of Congress Circle and entrances at Michigan Ave., Van Buren St. and Harrison St.
  • Thursday July 4 – From 9 p.m. Closure of Roosevelt Roads in the west and east directions. between Michigan Ave. and DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Closure of Michigan Ave. northbound between Roosevelt Rd. and Jackson Dr.
  • Friday July 5 – From 12:01 a.m. Closure of DuSable Lake Shore Drive northbound and southbound between Randolph Street and McFetridge Road. Closure of southbound Michigan Ave between Roosevelt Rd. and Jackson Dr. Closure of northbound lane of Indiana Ave at 13th Closure of Monroe Street between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Street closures on race weekend – Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7

  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive southbound from Randolph Street to McFetridge Drive.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Drive looking north from McFetridge Drive to Randolph Street.
  • Looking north on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road. to Dr. Jackson.
  • Michigan Ave. southbound from Jackson Dr. to 8th St.
  • Monroe Street, from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
  • Columbus Dr. from Roosevelt Rd. to Monroe Street.
  • Roosevelt Road. from DuSable Lake Shore Dr. to Michigan Ave.
  • Jackson Dr., from Michigan Ave. at DuSable Lake Shore Dr.
  • Balbo Parkway, from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Parkway.
  • Ida B. Wells Dr., of Michigan Ave. at Columbus Dr.
  • Congress Circle, Harrison Street to Van Buren Street.
  • Indiana Avenue looking north from Roosevelt Road. at 13th Street.
  • Post location: Lower Wacker Dr entrance and exit.
  • Garvey Ct.: Lower Wacker Dr entrance and exit.

Monday July 8: Some streets will begin to reopen after the event concludes. All street closures are expected to remain in effect while the railway wall, fence and observation structures are demobilized.

NOTE: Priority streets to reopen are DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr. Other street closures will remain in effect as the railroad wall, fence and observation structures are demobilized.

DuSable Lake Shore Dr. northbound will begin to reopen Monday, July 8 at 6 a.m., with all NASCAR-related demobilization activities expected to conclude by the end of the day July 18.

Streets with local access only for residents, businesses and their employees.

The sidewalks will remain open during the entire assembly and dismantling period (from June 10 to July 18).

  • Michigan Ave. southbound from Monroe Street to Jackson Drive.
  • Michigan Ave. southbound from 8th St. 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 Dr., from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Harrison St., from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Ida B. Wells from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Jackson Boulevard. from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Van Buren Street, from Wabash Avenue to Michigan Avenue.
  • Monroe St., from Michigan Ave. at Columbus Dr.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Parkway southbound from Randolph Street to Monroe Street.
  • Michigan Ave. northbound from 13th St. at 16th St.
  • Indiana Avenue northbound from 14th St. at 16th St.
  • Columbus Underpass and the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path will remain open throughout the event (this includes Monroe St. and Roosevelt Rd.).
  • Pedestrians traveling west should use and access the sidewalk on the north side of Monroe Street, Roosevelt Road. or the Columbus Dr. underpass only.

Alternate Routes Available – NOTE: Streets may be closed by the City of Chicago, if deemed necessary.

  • DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Northbound will remain open from South Shore Dr. to the I-55 merge.
  • To visit the museum campus from the south: Exit DuSable Lake Shore Dr. at 31st Street and use Fort Dearborn Dr. to continue north to 18th Street.
  • To visit the museum campus from the north: merge onto Stevenson Highway (I-55N)/and merge onto N/DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Exit at 18.th Dr.
  • DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Southbound will remain open from Hollywood Blvd. at Randolph Street.
  • Inner DuSable Lake Shore Dr. will remain open in both directions.
  • The Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) will remain open in both directions.
  • The Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) will remain open in both directions. The Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) will remain open in both directions.
  • The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) will remain open in both directions.
  • In the loop – the following streets will remain open: State St., 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 Ave., 18th Street.

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