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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
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 2013 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.

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.

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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