All-new event route map and detailed breakdown – NBC Chicago
For the first time, NASCAR will bring stock car racing to the streets of Chicago in 2023, setting up a 2.2-mile circuit that will take drivers past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
From Buckingham Fountain to Grant Park to Michigan Avenue, drivers will ride a track that will also include views of Lake Michigan and several other Chicago attractions.
Here is a full track map, as provided by NASCAR:
Here is a detailed breakdown of the 12-turn street race, which is due to take place on July 2, 2023:
First of all:
The front straight and pit road will be housed on South Columbus Drive, running along a two-block stretch that will take the race past the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
Drivers will turn left onto East Balbo Drive, toward Lake Michigan.
Drivers will then turn right onto the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive, heading towards the museum campus with the Field Museum in front of them and with the Grant Park softball fields on their right.
The slow curve to the right in front of the Field Museum will mark the third turn on the track.
Drivers will snag a 90 degree turn on East Roosevelt Road at the southernmost point of the circuit.
Drivers will then return to South Columbus Drive, heading north on a long straight.
In one of the most interesting parts of the race track, drivers will hang left on East Balbo Drive, approaching where Turn One is.
A right turn onto South Michigan Avenue will send drivers north and into a chicane, representing one of the toughest spots on the track.
Drivers will follow the curve from Congress Plaza to the right, beginning a fast chicane that will take them through Ida B. Wells Drive.
This turn will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain and will divert drivers to the left and toward Michigan Avenue.
This turn will briefly take drivers back to Michigan Avenue, heading north as they make another quick right turn.
This corner represents the northernmost part of the course, with drivers snagging another right on East Jackson Drive. The famous lions of the Art Institute of Chicago will also be near this bend at the intersection of Michigan and Jackson.
This turn will immediately put drivers back in front, sending them right and back down Columbus Drive for a long straight.