Hotels, travel & parking
Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries travel to Chicago each fall to experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re traveling nationally, internationally, or driving in from the Chicago area, we encourage you to book your airfare and hotel rooms well in advance of Marathon weekend. Be sure to take advantage of special offers and rates from official Chicago Marathon hotel and travel partners.
Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, offering access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels.
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarters hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Located just across the street from Grant Park, the Hilton Chicago is a hub of activity on race weekend.
Click here to view distances from major Chicago hotels to the Chicago Marathon start line, finish line, Health & Fitness Expo, airports, public transportation, city landmarks and more.
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 at transitchicago.com. To purchase fare cards in advance, visit faremedia.chicago-card.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information.
Metra train service
On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound service for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on the following four lines: BNSF Railway, Milwaukee North, Metra Electric, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West. The inbound trains will arrive in Chicago at approximately 6 a.m. and the outbound trains will depart Chicago at approximately 1:40 p.m. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. For more information on the special inbound and outbound service click here.
GO Airport Express
GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle transportation between Chicago area locations and O’Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown and suburban locations. Shuttle counters are located at both O’Hare and Midway in the baggage claim areas. Transportation to airports is arranged by reservation. To make a shuttle reservation, visit airportexpress.com or call 800.284.3826. For private charters call 773.843.2420.
Race day parking
All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation to the start and finish areas in Grant Park, as well as for spectators traveling to locations along the course. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race.