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2024 Chicago Street Race Revealed

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What’s Happening?

The Chicago Street Race Twitter account revealed the layout for the 2024 Chicago Street Race. The actual course will be the same as the 2023 layout, but the fan areas do have some slight tweaks from 2023. Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on December 6th with a registered pre-sale on December 5th for the race weekend on July 6th-7th, 2024.

You Need to know:

  • Just like in 2023, the Cup Series cars will race around Grant Park through iconic Chicago streets such as Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The layout includes multiple clubs, multiple suites, and multiple grandstands, and includes viewing areas around the Festival Field for fans with a general admission ticket.
  • The concert stage also returns in 2024 despite 3 of 4 concerts in 2023 being canceled due to weather.
  • The 2023 Chicago Street Race was a massive success in terms of TV viewership for NASCAR, but the event itself was hampered by weather. The Xfinity Series and Cup Series races were both shortened due to weather and 3 of 4 major concerts were cancelled as well.

Changes from 2023

While the layout is generally the same as it was in 2023, there are a bunch of subtle changes, particularly when it comes to the names of certain areas.

  • The North and South Garden Suites in turn 12 and turn 1 have been renamed the reserved grandstands.
  • The North and South Congress Suites on the front stretch have been renamed Noth and South Fronstretch Reserved.
  • A new Club has been added behind turn one called the Jack Daniel’s Turn One Club, which includes the Turn 1 reserved grandstand and the renamed Balbo Reserved.
  • A new suite section has been added on the outside of Lake Shore Drive called Harbor Suites.
  • West Plaza Reserved has been renamed the Turn 7 Patio grandstand in the renamed Plaza Club.
  • East Plaza Club has been renamed Turn 8 Reserved.
  • North and South Well Reserved has been renamed to Turn 9 Reserved.
  • East and West Michigan Reserved have been renamed to Congress Reserved and Michigan Reserved.

The major change is the addition of a Suite section on the outside of Lake Shore Drive. That area was not occupied in 2023. Aside from that, the track will look pretty much the same to fans watching on TV and the layout for fan areas will be very similar to those returning.

The name changes were likely done to make the areas easier to recognize for fans. Rather than using the street names, some names were changed to reflect what area of the track they were in.

There will only be two pedestrian bridges at the track once again this year. These bridges made for a lot of fan congestion throughout the weekend in 2023, and some called for more bridges to be added. igotthebrews on Twitter was one of a few who talked about this while commenting on the new layout.

Will the Chicago Street Race once again be a success in 2024? Hopefully, the rain stays away this time.

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