The chrome strip doesn't offend me at all, on my car. But, I have shiny chrome wheels and emblems. I have to say that I really like the blacked out chrome on many of the other cars, especially those with the whole blacked out theme. Whatever floats your boat...it's your StingRay and your choices rule, IMHO.
A bit off topic, the chrome Stingray logo on the C7 has a certain historical aspect, see the photos of the 1959 Stingray concept car.
Our C7's have a modernized version of that original concept car logo, some people don't like it but I certainly appreciate it's history and would never consider removing it.
When I pulled mine off, it just crumbled like any other cheap plastic part would. I have a temporary piece of weatherstripping in its place until I can find a different grille. But I agree with the others that it looks good on certain cars. The Z06 grille, or a similar aftermarket one, looks proper with my color combo.
I'm keeping my stock appearance, it blends well with the chrome wheels. The members who have moded their C7's to their taste they look great, sinster, stealthy. it came out of no where officer and it was gone in a flash! Continue to improve on your masterpiece!