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NASCAR Partners with Wendella Tours & Cruises as the Official Boat Tour of the Chicago Street Race

Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour Organization to Provide Visitors and Locals with Views from the Water During the Inaugural Chicago Street Race Weekend

Today, NASCAR announced a new partnership with Chicago-based Wendella Tours & Cruises, naming the Chicago institution the Official Boat Tour of the Chicago Street Race Weekend. Family owned & operated since 1935, Wendella will offer discounted tours to visitors and locals alike who are participating in the Chicago Street Race Weekend festivities during the Fourth of July weekend.

“When you think of Chicago summers, you think of boat tours – and when you think of boat tours, you think of Wendella,” said Julie Giese, Chicago Street Race President. “As NASCAR looks to support local small businesses throughout the race weekend and beyond, we are thrilled to partner with a fourth-generation family-owned organization like Wendella who are such a quintessential part of the Chicago community.”

As a part of the partnership, Wendella will receive marketing and promotional rights throughout the Chicago Street Race Weekend. The multi-year partnership will offer race-goers an opportunity to tour the city’s architectural landmarks during their extended stays in Chicago.

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“From our beautiful river to our incredible architecture, Wendella has been proud to showcase the best of what Chicago has to offer for more than 88 years,” said Andrew Sargis, Director of Sales and Chief of Operations at Chicago Water Taxi and Wendella Tours & Cruises. “As thousands of NASCAR fans come to our city for the first-ever Chicago Street Race, we’re looking forward to showing both visitors and locals alike a unique vantage point of Chicago by the water.”

To learn more about Wendella Tours & Cruises, visit www.wendellaboats.com.

Chicago Street Race

As part of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, the first-ever Chicago Street Race Weekend will feature the NASCAR Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and NASCAR Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121 competing on a 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course, along with full-length concerts by The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert with the support of The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett over Fourth of July Weekend on July 1-2.

General admission and reserved tickets are on sale for the Chicago Street Race. Two-day general admission tickets start at $269 and reserved tickets that offer an array of opportunities including reserved seating and a wide variety of premium experiences start at $465. To purchase tickets, fans can log onto NASCARChicago.com or call 1-888-629-7223.

The Grant Park 220 will be nationally broadcast on NBC on Sunday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT and The Loop 121 will be broadcast nationally on USA Network at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT.

To stay up to date with the Chicago Street Race, fans can subscribe to receive exclusive Chicago Street Race emails, follow @NASCARChicago on Twitter and Facebook and download the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest real-time updates on all aspects of the event.

About Chicago Street Race

The Chicago Street Race is the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race. Located in downtown Chicago, the event will take competitors past and through many of the city’s most renowned downtown landmarks on Michigan Avenue, South Columbus Drive, South Lake Shore Drive and the start-finish line near Buckingham Fountain. The Cup Series will be joined by the NASCAR Xfinity Series as part of a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment festival headlined by Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers, Charley Crockett, and The Black Crowes over the Fourth of July Weekend on July 1-2, 2023. For more information, visit NASCARChicago.com.


Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Wendella Tours & Cruises
Wendella Tours & Cruises is Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour. For over 88 years Wendella has been providing unforgettable journeys through the captivating architecture of the Windy City on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.