Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectators and fans, whether you are planning to support a specific runner or looking to cheer on the masses, we have all the information you need to prepare for race day viewing along the course or from home.
Spectator viewing areas
As in years past, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will only 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 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park.
The 27th Mile Post-Race Party/runner reunite area of Grant Park (Butler Field) will open to spectators at 9 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening.
Recommended spectator viewing areas:
- 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.
- After the race, spectators should plan to meet their runners at the runner reunite area in Butler Field, located north of Jackson Drive, between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide contains a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details, estimated participant checkpoints and finish times, and more helpful information to heighten your race day experience. The 2015 spectator guide will be available in advance of race week.
The most efficient way to stay updated on race day is through the live race day results link. The mobile-friendly race website allows spectators to view our race leaderboard and to follow friends and family by getting real-time updates and splits every 5K.
Information presented by Molex will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information Tents will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information Tents will be located in the following areas:
- On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
- On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
- On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
- Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant only Information Tent)
- North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
- On the northwest corner of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive
In addition to the six Information Tents, Information Teams of 2 to 4 individuals will be positioned throughout Grant Park and on Michigan Avenue on race morning to assist participants and spectators with maps and viewing tips.
670 The Score Sports Radio
670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 6 – 10 a.m.
Use Chicago’s excellent CTA rail transit system to show your support for this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon from beginning to end. Talk to your runners and find out their planned pace to estimate when they will arrive at particular locations on the course.
Below is a list of the best viewing locations from CTA stations along the Chicago Marathon route.
Grand (Red Line) Station – Miles 1, 3 and 12
Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Avenue.
Monroe (Red Line) Station – Mile 2
Board a Red Line train and exit at Jackson Blvd.
Chicago (Red Line) Station – Miles 3.5 and 11.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Avenue. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street and four blocks west to Wells Street.
Addison (Red Line) Station – Mile 7.75
Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison Street. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.
Sedgwick (Brown Line) Station – Mile 10.25
Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick Street. Walk a half-block north to North Avenue.
UIC-Halsted (Blue Line) Station – Miles 16, 16.5
Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted Street exit or Morgan Street exit. Walk two blocks north on Morgan Street to Jackson Blvd. to view the runners at Mile 16 in Greektown or use the Halsted Street exit to Mile 16.5.
18th (Pink Line) Station – Mile 19
Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th Street. Walk one block east to Ashland Avenue.
Halsted (Orange Line) Station – Mile 20.5
Board an Orange Line train and exit at Halsted Street.
35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Red and Green Line) Station – Miles 23, 23.25
Board a Red or Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd Street or 35th Street exit.
Roosevelt (Red, Green and Orange Line) Station – Mile 26
Board a Red, Green or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Road. Walk east on Roosevelt Road toward the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
For more information on the CTA visit transitchicago.com.
Participant times and locations
Below are the approximate times the first and last participants will pass through the listed mile markers.
Start to Mile 2 (wheelchair start: 7:15 a.m. & runners: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.)
Marathon starts in Grant Park at Columbus Drive and Monroe Drive The route travels north on Columbus to Grand Avenue, west on Grand to Rush Street, south on Rush Street to Hubbard Street, west on Hubbard to State Street and south on State to Jackson Boulevard.
Mile 2 to Mile 4 (wheelchair: 7:21 a.m. & runners: 7:39 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
Continues west on Jackson Boulevard from State Street to LaSalle Street and north on LaSalle Street to Division Street.
Mile 4 to Mile 6 (wheelchair: 7:28 a.m. & runners: 7:49 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
Continues north on LaSalle Street from Division Street to Stockton Drive, north on Stockton Drive to Fullerton Parkway, east on Fullerton Parkway to Cannon Drive and north on Cannon Drive.
Mile 6 to Mile 8 (wheelchair: 7:35 a.m. & runners: 7:58 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Continues north on Cannon Drive from Fullerton Parkway to Sheridan Drive, north on Sheridan Drive to Inner Lake Shore Drive, north on Inner Lake Shore Drive to Addison Street, west on Addison Street to Broadway Street and south on Broadway to Roscoe Street.
Mile 8 to Mile 10 (wheelchair: 7:42 a.m. & runners: 8:08 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
Continues south on Broadway Street from Roscoe Street to Clark Street, south on Clark Street to Webster Street, west on Webster Street to Sedgwick Street, south on Sedgwick Street to Menomonee Street.
Mile 10 to Mile 12 (wheelchair: 7:49 a.m. & runners: 8:18 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Continues south on Sedgwick Street from Menomonee Street to North Avenue (eastbound lanes), east on North Avenue to Wells Street, south on Wells Street to Hubbard Street, west on Hubbard Street to Franklin Street.
Mile 12 to Mile 14 (wheelchair: 7:56 a.m. & runners: 8:27 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Continues west on Hubbard Street to Orleans Street, south on Orleans Street to Franklin Street, south on Franklin Street to Adams Street, west on Adams Street to Racine Avenue.
Mile 14 to Mile 16 (wheelchair: 8:03 a.m. & runners: 8:37 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Continues west on Adams Street to Damen Avenue, south on Damen Avenue to Van Buren Street, east on Van Buren Street to Ogden Avenue and northeast on Ogden Avenue to Jackson Boulevard.
Mile 16 to Mile 18 (wheelchair: 8:09 a.m. & runners: 8:47 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Continues east on Jackson Boulevard to Halsted Street, south on Halsted Street to Taylor Street and west on Taylor Street to Laflin Street.
Mile 18 to Mile 20 (wheelchair: 8:16 a.m. & runners: 8:56 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Continues west on Taylor Street to Ashland Avenue, south on Ashland Avenue (northbound lanes) to 18th Street, east on 18th Street to Halsted Street and south on Halsted Street to Cermak Road.
Mile 20 to Mile 22 (wheelchair: 8:23 a.m. & runners: 9:06 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Continues south on Halsted Street from Cermak Road to Archer Avenue, northeast on Archer Avenue to Cermak Road, east on Cermak Road to Wentworth Avenue, south on Wentworth Avenue to 27th Street.
Mile 22 to Mile 24 (wheelchair: 8:30 a.m. & runners: 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Continues south on Wentworth Avenue to 33rd Street, east on 33rd Street to State Street, south on State Street (northbound lanes) to 35th Street, east on 35th Street to Michigan Avenue, north on Michigan Avenue to 29th Street.
Mile 24 to Mile 26 (wheelchair: 8:37 a.m. & runners: 9:25 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Continues north on Michigan Avenue to Roosevelt Road, east on Roosevelt Road (westbound lanes) to Columbus Drive, north on Columbus Drive.
Mile 26 to Finish (wheelchair: 8:44 a.m. & runners: 9:35 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
The route concludes north on Columbus Drive to the finish line.