Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers to Headline the NASCAR Chicago Street Race This Summer

NASCAR announced Wednesday that two high-profile musical artists will perform full-length concerts for its first Cup Series street race to be held this summer in downtown Chicago.

“The Chicago Street Race is truly the first two-day sports and entertainment event of its kind in NASCAR’s 75-year history,” Chicago Street Race President Julie Giese said in a statement.

Headlining artists taking the stage over the 4th of July weekend are The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert. They will be supported by The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett.

“We are proud to welcome superstars The Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert, The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett as we reinvent the NASCAR experience in the heart of downtown Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend,” said Giese.

The two-day event will take place in and around Grant Park on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

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The 12-turn, 2.2-mile street race will send cars 200 miles per hour past some of the city’s most notable landmarks.

“I can’t think of a better city, a more iconic city, when you think about the Fourth of July weekend, the lake, the skyline, the museums, that view,” Giese said.

The race, however, is only part of the experience.

On July 1, The Black Crowes will open the day and The Chainsmokers will close it.

On July 2, Charley Crockett will open with Miranda Lambert as the headliner before the Chicago Street Race begins.

Giese shared the details with an audience at the University Club on Wednesday.

“We are committed to being good residents,” Giese said. “We’ve set up an office, we’re here 365 days a year, we have a staff that is dedicated exclusively to Chicago street racing, and we make sure to do our best not only for NASCAR but for the city of Chicago.” and for all of you.”

Still, not everyone is in favor of the race.

Critics have raised concerns about the two-week period that NASCAR will have control of Grant Park, which currently includes nine days of setup and three days of teardown.

In a statement to FOX 32 Chicago on Wednesday, a NASCAR spokesperson said that “maintaining as much public access to Grant Park as possible during race setup and teardown is a priority, and areas like Buckingham Fountain, Butler Field and Lower Hutchinson Field will remain accessible for much of this time.”

“Most areas of the park will not temporarily close to residents until Wednesday, June 28, and will reopen beginning Tuesday morning in July,” the statement continued. “Most of the streets used for the race will remain open and accessible through June 28 and will reopen beginning the morning of July 3.”

Opponents of Chicago hosting the race have also raised questions about who will cover the costs of additional security and any potential damage caused, and how lucrative the two-day event will end up being for the city.

Two-day general admission tickets starting at $269 will go on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10 am. The most expensive packages will cost race attendees more than $4,000.

More information can be found at NASCARCHicago.com.