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Expo & packet pick-up

Abbott-Health-and-Fitness-ExpoThe Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of participant packet pick-up for all 45,000 Marathon participants. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.

Location & hours
Participant packet pick-up
Expo exhibitors
Main Stage presentations
Expo transportation
Expo parking
Turn Your Miles (RED)™ at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Marketing opportunities

Location & hours

McCormick Place Convention Center
North Building, Hall B1
2301 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 10
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 11
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*For driving and parking, use the above address for the best access to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. The publicly listed mailing address for McCormick Place is 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Participant packet pick-up

Packet pick-up includes:

  • Bib number and safety pins
  • Gear check tag
  • Timing device
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag

Packet pick-up is located at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. All packets must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. Packets are not available for pick up the day of the event and packets will not be mailed to participants.

Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID in order to receive their participant packet and participant bag.

You must pick up your own participant packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will not be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.

Health & Fitness Expo exhibitors

More than 200 exhibitors featuring the newest designs in running footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition will be in attendance at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

Click here (.pdf) to download the 2014 Health & Fitness Expo exhibitor list and floor plan.

Main Stage presentations

Main Stage presentations at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo give you an opportunity to learn more about the course, receive last-minute tips, see the latest in running gear and technology and hear from industry experts and special guests. Main Stage presentation information will be available in advance of race week.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation

Free shuttle bus service
Free shuttle bus service to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be provided to and from the following four locations:

  • Downtown: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue (8th Street entrance)
  • South Loop: CTA Red Line Stop serving Red, Orange and Green lines, State Street and Roosevelt Road
  • Magnificent Mile: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store to the east on St. Clair Street at Erie Street
  • Millennium Park: Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Columbus Drive one block south of Wacker Drive

Shuttles will operate every 15 – 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. The final pick-up time from the Health & Fitness Expo will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

CTA LogoCTA transit tips
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. Click here for information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

Learn more about the CTA bus and rail system by visiting

SShore_2PMS_blue_orange_NoTagSouth Shore Line

The South Shore invites you to park your car in one of its convenient stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day. The South Shore will make extra stops and run extra trains October 10-12. Click here for more information.

DivyDivvy to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Go green, get fit and Divvy to the Expo. Divvy Ambassadors will be at the 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive docking station on Friday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Divvy Ambassadors will be available to answer any questions you might have and to ensure you can always take or return a bike.

Health & Fitness Expo parking

Parking will be available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees at McCormick Place Parking Lot A for a reduced rate of $10. Click here for driving directions to McCormick Place Parking Lot A.

BofA_OneStep_LockUp_NEW_REDTurn Your Miles (RED)™ at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Earlier this year, Bank of America launched a two-year partnership with (RED), committing $10 million to get one step closer to ending AIDS.

At the 2014 Chicago Marathon, you can take steps to help too. Just use the Nike+ Running App and Bank of America will donate 40 cents per mile up to $1,000,000 to fight HIV/AIDS.* That 40 cents can provide one day’s worth of life-saving HIV/AIDS medication.

For more details on the 8-week program, visit NIKE.COM/ONESTEP4RED. And remember to share how you’re Turning Your Miles (RED) using #onestep4RED.

*From October 12 until December 7, 2014, for every mile, up to a weekly cap published at NIKE.COM/ONESTEP4RED, recorded on Nike+ Running as part of the Turn Your Miles (RED) pledge program Bank of America Corporation will donate $.40 to the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to support and fund prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, up to a total maximum donation of $1,000,000. No purchase necessary. Bank of America and the Bank of America logo are registered trademarks of Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC © 2014 Bank of America Corporation.

Marketing opportunities

If you are a vendor who is interested in marketing at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please click here for more information.

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