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The NASCAR Foundation Doubles Down on Chicago with Two Charitable Events in Advance of the Chicago Street Race

The Chicago Street Race will bring back its star-studded fundraiser at Steak 48 and debut a new celebrity golf tournament at Harborside International Golf Center

CHICAGO – Today, The NASCAR Foundation and the Chicago Street Race announced that it will expand its race-week charitable efforts in Chicago, with the return of the “Gear Up for Good” charity dinner at Steak 48 to benefit the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and the inaugural Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting the Special Olympics Illinois and The NASCAR Foundation. Special Olympics Illinois will also return to the 2024 Chicago Street Race Weekend as the beneficiary of this year’s 50/50 raffle.

In anticipation of the 2024 Chicago Street Race – which will return to Grant Park, July 6-7 – The NASCAR Foundation will return to Steak 48 on Wednesday, July 3 from 5-8 p.m. to host its second annual fundraising dinner, with proceeds benefiting the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Last year’s dinner at Steak 48 included a star-studded red carpet featuring local dignitaries and notable NASCAR Cup drivers like 2004 Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, 2023 DAYTONA 500 champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and young phenom Harrison Burton, as well as NBC Broadcast talent such as Steve Letarte and Jeff “The Mayor” Burton. To register for this year’s “Gear Up for Good” dinner at Steak 48, visit

New for 2024, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett will host the first-ever Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Celebrity Golf Tournament two days later, on the morning of Friday, July 5 at Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago. The tournament, which is slated to feature NASCAR celebrities, will benefit the Special Olympics Illinois and The NASCAR Foundation. Harborside International is managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports and is considered one of the best public golf courses in the Chicagoland area with 36 holes of golf and iconic views of the Chicago skyline. Sponsorships and foursome entries for the Celebrity Golf Tournament are available. To register, visit

In addition to the Celebrity Golf Tournament, Special Olympics Illinois will also be the recipient of the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race 50/50 raffle proceeds. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will officially kick-off on Friday, June 7, in conjunction with the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, June 7-9 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

“The NASCAR Foundation is proud to return to Chicago with an expanded presence during this year’s Race Week,” said Nichole Krieger, Vice President & Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation. “Giving back in the communities where we live, work and race is paramount to the Foundation and we are delighted to build upon our positive momentum in year two in order to grow our impact in the Chicago area.”

In addition to the events organized by The NASCAR Foundation, the Chicago Street Race team itself is active within the Chicago community 365-days a year. To date, NASCAR has invested nearly $2 million in community initiatives throughout Chicago, including $155k to local area hospitals and a $50k contribution to Chicago Park District Teen Centers to upgrade their esports offerings.

“Community engagement is at the forefront of everything we do here at the Chicago Street Race,” said Julie Giese, Chicago Street Race President. “To see our larger motorsports industry come together and continue to grow its charitable presence in this market is a testament to what we’re building in Chicago, and what we can do to help uplift our community – not only during race week, but on a year-round basis.”

Chicago Street Race

The Chicago Street Race is a unique two-day sports and entertainment event with a festival-like atmosphere that exemplifies NASCAR’s characteristic fan experience that puts attendees closer to the action than any other sport. Coupled with top-tier musical performances from global headliners Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Lauren Alaina and a special House Music 40th Anniversary Showcase, the Chicago Street Race Weekend is a once-in-a-lifetime experiential opportunity for any sports, music, and entertainment fan.

NASCAR has single-day ticketing options starting at $150. NASCAR also offers Youth General Admission Pricing for children 12 and under that are free on Saturday, July 6, and Youth GA tickets for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race are $45.

Two-day reserved tickets starting at $465 offer an array of opportunities that include reserved seating and a wide variety of premium experiences. Two-day general admission tickets start at $269. For a complete listing of ticketing options or to purchase tickets, fans can visit or call 888-629-7223.

Fans can also visit for multiple options for travel, tickets, and hospitality experiences, courtesy of Quint, the Travel and Experience Package Provider of the Chicago Street Race.

To stay up to date with the Chicago Street Race, fans can subscribe to receive exclusive Chicago Street Race emails, follow @NASCARChicago on X 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 home to the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race in the 75-year history of NASCAR. Located in downtown Chicago, the 2024 event will once again take competitors past and through many of the city’s most renowned downtown landmarks on Michigan Avenue, South Columbus Drive, South DuSable 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 with global music headliners Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Lauren Alaina and a special House Music 40th Anniversary Showcase, July 6-7, 2024. For more information, visit

About The NASCAR Foundation

The NASCAR Foundation is a leading charity that works to improve the lives of children who need it most in NASCAR® racing communities through the Speediatrics® Children’s Fund and the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The NASCAR Foundation, designated as a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator® for its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency, has contributed more than $46 Million to impact the lives of more than 1.7 million children across the country since 2006.

For more information, visit

About Lerner & Rowe Gives Back

Lerner & Rowe Gives Back is a charitable organization founded by Kevin Rowe, managing partner of Lerner & Rowe, P.C. Lerner & Rowe Gives Back is a nonprofit organization dedicated to extensive and various community outreach programs. The idea was inspired by the 2000 movie “Pay it Forward.” Lerner & Rowe Gives Back believes in paying forward the success the firm has achieved through the newly established foundation and team of employees. The nonprofit works to advance the missions of community organizations that focus on serving youth programs, health and human services, animal welfare, and public safety. To learn more, visit

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region by calling 800-394-0562 or visit our website at You can also follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and TikTok.

About YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Founded in 1876, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is a social enterprise committed to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. As a leading association among a national network of more than 200 YWCAs, YWCA Metropolitan is committed to advancing safety, wellness and belonging; unleashing youth and family potential; and driving economic equity. Among a diverse and broad portfolio of services, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is a leading provider in the areas of sexual violence and community violence support services, early childhood and childcare provider services, family support services, youth STEM programming, and economic empowerment services. Learn more at