Well, crit racing in the Midwest is getting even bigger and better next year.
Mayor Daley just gave the formal announcement for the first annual Chicago Criterium. It's to be held on the 27th of July, 2008. The course will be a 1.3 mile loop in Grant Park.
Comes in the weekend after SuperWeek ends or the last weekend of it (which spans two whole weeks) depending on their scheduling for next year. It could very well be the last race of SuperWeek, should they decide to incorporate it into the series.
Also, I should point out that this race will fall between the NRC races of SW (first week of SW), Tour of Elk Grove, and Downers Grove. If it gets NRC status at some point, that would make 5 straight weekends of NRC racing in the Chicago area. I hope that they have it match the usual distance for all of those races with a 100km Pro/1/2 race.