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Plan for normal university operations in Loop around NASCAR Street Race, July 1-2

Be flexible, accomodating in light of traffic, street closures

Flags on DePaul Center
(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

The City of Chicago will host the inaugural NASCAR Chicago Street Race on July 1-2. In preparation, street closures and parking restrictions are already in place and will increase around DePaul's Loop Campus as the event approaches.

"As the city prepares to host the NASCAR Chicago Street Race in the beginning of July, normal university operations and summer classes will continue as planned," DePaul President Robert L. Manuel says. "I encourage faculty who teach in the Loop and have concerns about their classes being affected by the race to work with their college or school leadership. They can assist you in identifying an alternative location for your class on the Lincoln Park Campus. I also ask our university community to be flexible and accommodating for anyone who needs to adjust their schedules."

Closures and restrictions will make car travel through the Loop difficult. Those coming to the Loop should instead use public transportation, including Metra or CTA. You can find a complete listing of street closures here.

The Chicago Street Race is NASCAR's first-ever Cup Series street race in its 75-year history. The event includes a two-day festival in Grant Park, including pre- and post-race musical acts on both days.

"This race is an exciting moment for Chicago and its resurgence," Manuel says. "DePaul is happy to be supportive, and I hope members of our community will take time to enjoy the festivities."