Chicago Marathon

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Get involved in the 45th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon! With 40,000 participants, this once-in-a-lifetime run boasts an atmosphere that needs to be seen and heard to believe. Let the roar of the crowds fuel you on your race to the finish, and celebrate with a bespoke finisher's medal.
Participants
Marathon
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Calendar
Sun, Oct 8, 2023
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Chicago, United States
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5
(8 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
310 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Start times
Sun, Oct 8, 2023
Marathon:
TBC
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Chicago Marathon
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
Route information
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.
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
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How to get there
310 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
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Public transportation
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend. For travel information, visit CTA’s Trip Planner.
Metra
On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound trains. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. Participants and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $10 weekend pass for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday.
South Shore Line
Participants and spectators are encouraged to take the South Shore Line to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The South Shore Line runs from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago with stops along the way.
Park your car at one of the convenient South Shore Line stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day.
Parking
All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation race weekend. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race.
Millennium Garages
Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park, and Millennium Lakeside garages.
Crowds
Spectator Info
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.
Reviews
5.0
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
FamilyFamily friendly
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5.0
Did the race 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!
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5.0
Did the race 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.
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4.7
Did the race 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.
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5.0
Did the race 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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5.0
Did the race 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.
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Amazing race!!! the crowd support can not be beat. The course is perfect, there was so much electricity in the air.
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5.0
Did the race 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.
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5.0
Did the race 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!
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