NASCAR in Chicago Could Be a Huge Blow To Popular Attraction
NASCAR is heading to the streets of downtown Chicago for the first time this summer. Fans in Illinois and elsewhere have shown a lot of anticipation for this, and a lot of people are excited. But as with any big event, there are also concerns about how it might negatively impact the surrounding area, particularly businesses and tourist destinations like Shedd Aquarium.
Excitement For NASCAR In Chicago This July
Fans are pumped to see the drivers race past Chicago's famous landmarks like Buckingham Fountain, showcasing the city in a whole new way. There's no doubt that the race could be a significant boost to the city's economy, drawing in even more visitors and revenue than usual.
Potential Negative Impact on Local Attractions/Businesses
The Shedd Aquarium, for example, is expected to lose up to $3 million due to road closures related to the NASCAR Street Race, according to NBC Chicago. This is a huge blow to the popular landmark, which sees up to 10,000 visitors a day during the summer.
With the setup and takedown of the race expected to take around 10 days, the aquarium is bracing itself for a significant drop in visitor numbers on what is normally its busiest weekend of the year.
Affect on Tourist Destinations
This isn't just a concern for the aquarium, either. The closures could also impact other tourist destinations in the area, reducing revenue and potentially disrupting summer camp programs.
While NASCAR has stated that visitors will still have access to the museums, the extent of the closures and their impact on the area won't be fully known until plans are finalized.
Despite the negative impact the NASCAR Street Race could have on some of Chicago's businesses and tourist destinations (like the Shedd Aquarium) if the race could be a big win for promoting the second city. It could serve as a significant boost to the city's economy and bring in even more visitors and revenue than usual.
It's all about finding a balance and making sure that everyone benefits from this exciting new addition to Chicago's summer calendar. NASCAR's Chicago races will happen on July 1 and 2, 2023.
[h/t NBC Chicago]