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Chicago Marathon

Run 26.2mi

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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Chicago is now one of the biggest marathons in the world and has developed a reputation as also being one of the best marathon experiences anywhere - a 'must do'. With 45,000 runners this is truly a major event and many think the best of the big marathons, as its status as one of the Marathon Majors (along with London, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo and New York) testifies. With a start and finish in Grant Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan, this flat route takes in much of the shoreline, and downtown areas with their massive and distinctive skyscrapers.

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Kristina A
"This was by far the best experience for me, and made even more special because..."

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Nani B
"Chicago is a very friendly and beautiful city! The views on the course were..."

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Rustam V
"Nice and friendly crowd. Course clearly marked. Transportation is as easy as it..."
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Chicago Marathon route

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records and countless personal bests. Runners enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Bib number and safety pins
  • MYLAPS BibTag timing device
  • Gear check tag
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag
  • Complimentary post-race 312 Urban Wheat Ale beer ticket*
Raceday Logistics

Sunday, October 13
Grant Park, Chicago

5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
7:21 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spectators

As in previous years, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will be accessible to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). Individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line.

We recommend that spectators support runners from elsewhere on the course, and meet runners after the race at the designated runner reunite area after the race.

To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.

To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Connect with friends and family after the race, at Runner Reunite. Alphabetical signs (A-Z) will be staged on Columbus Drive adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party to facilitate meeting locations by name.

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Chicago Marathon weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Chicago Marathon are ranked #74 in the UK out of 536 organizers

Chicago Marathon reviews (8)

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Chicago is a very friendly and beautiful city! The views on the course were almost as awesome as the jovial spectators. Mostly flat, crisp cool weather, lots of energy! Pretty well organized, although many volunteers could not answer questions or give directions. Nice that it’s a walkable distance from many hotels. I was t impressed with the expo, the medal, or the goodie bag, but I still had a great time and would do it again!
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Nice and friendly crowd. Course clearly marked. Transportation is as easy as it gets. Parking not a problem.
    Gets really chilly at times. Need more porta potties.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Chicago is a world major for a reason. The well planned course and support make this an honest challenge to do your best. It's flat overall, with a few small climbs here and there. There are usually huge crowds all along the course. The weather is mostly good, but Chicago is unpredictable. Still if you are going to get a major marathon under your belt, this is the one.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    This was by far the best experience for me, and made even more special because it was my 1st Marathon! Loved every bit of it and would definitely come back year after year!
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  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Well organised and very well supported around every inch of the course. Both the volunteers and police officers were fantastic, all really supportive. Thanks.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Amazing race!!! the crowd support can not be beat. The course is perfect, there was so much electricity in the air.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    One of the most well-organized races of its size I’ve ever seen. Easy to navigate on race morning, top-notch race expo, and a super fun course with incredible crowd support from start to finish. Very flat, very fast.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Had an awesome first experience at the Chicago Marathon 2019. The people lining the streets and the energy throughout was the needed push that I needed to finish. The people running the race were awesome and very friendly as well. Getting to the marathon itself presented some challenges, but I made it and the volunteers were awesome. Getting my bag checked in and afterwards was seamless. Overall, I had a great experience!