Since the NASCAR road race in Chicago is only a week away, the most important road closures have begun around the event.
Aggressive preparations for the race began on Sunday, with Jackson Drive closed between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, according to officials.
Columbus Drive is also now closed between Jackson Drive and Roosevelt Roads as the domestic extension of the circuit is completed.
Prior to this, Ida B. Wells Drive was closed east of Michigan Avenue, while Balboa was closed between Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
More significant closures will begin on Monday, as lane closures will begin on eastbound Roosevelt Road. Congress Plaza Drive will also be closed on Monday morning.
All closures will continue until race days, which are scheduled for July 1 and 2 around Grant Park.
Starting June 29, several streets will allow entry only for residents and businesses, including 8th Street, 9th Street, 11th Street and Harrison Street, among others.
According to OEMC officials, only residents and business employees will be allowed access between Roosevelt Road and Balbo Drive on the north side and Michigan Avenue between Monroe and Jackson on the south side.
Among other tips, residents are urged to use Randolph Street to travel between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive for the duration of the race preparation process.
a complete list can be can be found on NASCAR’s website.
Here are the rest of the endings, in chronological order.
Congress Plaza Drive will be closed. Lane closures will also be in effect on eastbound Roosevelt Road between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
– The curb lanes on southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Balbo Drive and Roosevelt Road as crews install track barriers.
With both the NASCAR street race and the Sail Grand Prix coming to Chicago this summer, the two organizations previewed their schedules on Wednesday, NBC Chicago’s Patrick Fazio reports.
– Beginning at 8 p.m., southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between Randolph Street and McFetridge Road. Lane closures will also begin on northbound Michigan Avenue between Van Buren and Jackson.
Jackson Drive between Columbus and DuSable Lake Shore Drive will also be closed. Monroe Street will be closed between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Columbus Drive will be closed between Jackson Drive and Monroe Street.
– Beginning at 8 p.m. northbound Michigan Avenue will be closed between Balboa and Jackson.
Roosevelt Road between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed in both directions beginning at 10 p.m. Lanes on southbound Michigan Avenue will also be closed between Balboa and Jackson.
-Starting at 5 p.m. southbound Michigan Avenue will be closed between Balboa and Jackson.
This year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend festivities will include NASCAR’s first NASCAR Cup Series street race, where stock cars race through the city streets of Chicago over a 2.2-mile, 12-turn course.
– Northbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between McFetridge and Randolph as a safety precaution.
Road reopening will begin on July 2, with DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue among the primary roadways crews will focus on first. All the reconstruction and reopening of the road should be done by July 15.