Tickets for the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race hit the market Wednesday, revving up fans for another high-octane weekend in Chicago set for July 6 and 7. If you've got a need for speed and a pretty penny, single-day passes are peeling out starting at $150, while full weekend experiences flag off at $269, according to NASCAR's announcement.
Young speed demons don't get left in the dust; NASCAR's tossing a bone with free General Admission Youth tickets for kids under 12 to Saturday's events and a lower-priced ticket for the NASCAR Cup Series Race on Sunday—starting at the kid-friendly price of $45, as reported by ABC7 Chicago. Buckle in for upgraded experiences too because this race isn't just about rubber and road—GA+ lounge access starts at $398, and for those looking to splurge, two-day reserve tickets will rev your engines starting at $465.
Last year's inaugural city circuit race made a splash—both from the heavens and in the sports world—drawing over $8.3 million in tax revenue and a crowd of out-of-staters making up 52% of the audience, NASCAR said Wednesday. Even though Mother Nature threw in some twists by washing out the Xfinity Series race and shortening the Cup Series, it was NBC's most eyeballed NASCAR event since 2017.
Mayor Brandon Johnson, who was putting the city's pedal to the metal in negotiating with NASCAR post-race, promises a more resident-friendly event this time around shorter setup and teardown times, plus less urban gridlock chaos, he said in the statement. This all comes after some side-eyes at the previous administration's hush-hush deal-making, which critics lambasted for giving NASCAR too much of a slice of the city pie, both in parkland and profit. The city's looking to shift gears by tweaking the financial load and "win" some concessions from NASCAR, including bumping up community and small business involvement for the next race, according to Mayor Johnson's comments.
With engines revving and changes gearing up, Chicago's ready for another lap with NASCAR as both fans and city officials buckle up for a smoother ride—and a view of the skyline that'll take your breath away quicker than a green flag at Daytona.