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Hotels, travel & parking

Hotels, Travel and 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.

Race day parking


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 Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing website is now closed. Please contact the hotels directly at this time in order to receive confirmation of an existing reservation or secure a new room. If you have a question about an existing reservation that was booked through the housing website, please contact Experient at 847.996.5876.

Win hotel and airfare accommodations
Congratulations to Joy Madriaga, who won a complimentary three night stay at an official 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon hotel and roundtrip airfare to this year’s Chicago Marathon.

Hilton Chicago

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.


American Airlines, the official airline of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, has made available a 5% discount off any applicable fare. Race participants (or families and friends) may also utilize the discount when traveling on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection. The discount is valid only for travel that occurs from October 6-18, 2014 and may not be combined or used in conjunction with any other offer.

Reservations on American Airlines and American Eagle may be booked on or by contacting our toll-free number at 1.800.433.1790. Please follow the procedures listed below for booking the available discounts and enter or mention 42H4BQ as the promotion code when booking your reservation:

5% Discount (applies to any applicable fare): Flights may be booked by contacting American Airlines toll-free at 1.800.433.1790 or by visiting Flights booked through the toll-free number will be assessed any applicable administrative charges.

AAdvantage members may accrue mileage on American Airlines for tickets purchased subject to the rules of the AAdvantage program. Electronic and monetary upgrades to Business or First Class are allowed after ticketing.

Airline group travel
American Airlines Meeting Services offers special fares and discounts for 10 or more passengers traveling to a common destination. Use the links below to get information on fares and discounts and to determine if group & meeting travel is right for you. Contact Meeting Services at 1.800.433.1790, or visit the website at


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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 To purchase fare cards in advance, visit 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

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 or call 800.284.3826 and use the code ‘Marathon’ for a $20 flat rate per each one-way trip. Discounted rates will be offered from October 1, 2014 – October 17, 2014. For private charters call 773.843.2420.

Bike to Grant Park on race day
Bicycle parking is available at the McDonald’s Cycle Center located at Randolph Street and Columbus Drive. For more information, visit

DivyDivvy, Chicago’s bike share system
With 300 stations and 3,000 bikes available across the city, Divvy is a convenient, fun, and healthy way to get around on race weekend. Divvy offers 24-hour passes for $7, available by swiping a credit or debit card at any station kiosk. This pass includes unlimited trips of 30 minutes or shorter—trips longer than 30 minutes incur overtime fees. For more information on Divvy and to see locations throughout the city visit

SShore_2PMS_blue_orange_NoTagThe South Shore

Whether you are attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a participant or a spectator, The South Shore invites you to park your car in one of its convenient stations and ride in comfort to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and the Chicago Marathon. The South Shore will make extra stops and run extra trains Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12! Click here for more information.

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.

ParkwhizParkWhiz Race Day Parking
ParkWhiz allows you to find and book the perfect parking space for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. With ParkWhiz, you can book a parking space in advance from a variety of parking lots surrounding Grant Park and the Chicago Marathon course. All parking booked ahead of time ensures drivers of a locked-in rate and a guaranteed space waiting for their arrival. ParkWhiz offers Chicago parking at over 200locations throughout the city and along the Marathon Course.

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