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Spectator information

Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectators

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
Spectator guide
Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS
Information presented by Molex
Broadcast information
Spectator viewing areas by CTA trains
Expected participant arrival times
Spectator parking


Spectator viewing areas

As in previous years, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will 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 after the race.

The Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party and runner reunite area of Grant Park will open to spectators at 9:30 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening.  Please note, any items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.

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.

Spectator guide

As the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. As you prepare to cheer on your runner make sure to take advantage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide. With a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details and more helpful information, the Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience.

Download the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide (.pdf)

Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The 2018 mobile app features unlimited live race day runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live broadcast streaming, real time weather, an interactive course map, bib share, marathon store, event photos and much more! Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Molex logoInformation presented by Molex

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

Broadcast information

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Tune into NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago on race day
NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7. The NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo live television broadcast will air from 7 – 11 a.m. and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

670 The Score logo670 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 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Listen to Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday, October 7.

CTA LogoSpectators viewing areas by CTA trains

Use Chicago’s convenient and affordable CTA rail system to cheer on your runner from start to finish at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Find out your runner’s planned pace per mile to estimate when they will arrive at easy to reach locations along the course.

Grand Red Line Station – Miles 1, 3 and 12.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Ave. (Mile 1). Walk three blocks west to LaSalle St. (Mile 3) and four blocks west to Wells St. (Mile 12.5).

Monroe Red Line Station – Mile 2
Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe St.

Chicago Red Line Station – Miles 3.5 and 12.25
Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Ave. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle St. (mile 3.5) and four blocks west to Wells St. (Mile 12.25).

Clark/Division Red Line Station – Miles 4 and 12
Board a Red Line train and exit at LaSalle St. (Mile 4). Walk one block west to Wells St. (Mile 12).

Sheridan Red Line Station – Mile 8
Board a Red Line train and exit at Sheridan Rd. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Addison Red Line Station – Mile 8.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison St. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Sedgwick Brown Line Station – Mile 11
Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick St. Walk a half-block north to North Ave.

Washington/Wells Elevated Station – Mile 13.5
Board any Brown, Pink or Orange Line train and exit at Washington/Wells. Walk one block west on Washington St. to Franklin St.

UIC-Halsted Blue Line Station – Miles 14.25 and17
Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted St. exit or Morgan St. exit and walk two blocks north to Adams St. to view the runners at Mile 14.25 in Greektown. Or use the Halsted St. or Morgan St. exit and walk one block north to Jackson Blvd. (Mile 17).

18th Pink Line Station – Mile 19.25
Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th St. Walk four blocks east to Loomis St.

Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station – Mile 21.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Cermak-Chinatown.

Sox-35th Red Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25                                                                  Board a Red Line train and exit at Sox-35th. Use the 33rd St. exit (Mile 23) or walk two blocks east on 35th St. to State St. (Mile 23.25).

35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25
Board a Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd St. exit (Mile 23) or 35th St. exit (Mile 23.25).

Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station – Mile 25
Board a Green Line train and exit at Cermak-McCormick Place. Walk two blocks east to Michigan Ave.

Roosevelt (Red, Green and Orange Line) Station – Finish Line
Board a Red, Green or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Rd. Walk east on Roosevelt Rd. toward the Museum Campus/Grant Park.

For more information on the CTA visit transitchicago.com.

Expected participant arrival times

Start to Mile 2
Wheelchair Start: 7:20 a.m.
Runners: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 
Marathon starts in Grant Park at Columbus Dr. and Monroe Dr. The route travels north on Columbus to Grand, west on Grand to State and south on State to Jackson.

Mile 2 to Mile 4
Wheelchair: 7:26 a.m.
Runners: 7:39 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Continues west on Jackson from State to LaSalle and north on LaSalle to Division.

Mile 4 to Mile 6
Wheelchair: 7:32 a.m.
Runners: 7:49 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Continues north on LaSalle from Division to Stockton, north on Stockton to Fullerton, east on Fullerton to Cannon and north on Cannon.

Mile 6 to Mile 8
Wheelchair: 7:40 a.m.
Runners: 7:58 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Continues north on Cannon from Fullerton to Sheridan, north on Sheridan to Inner Lake Shore Dr., north on Inner Lake Shore Dr. to Sheridan, and west on Sheridan to Broadway.

Mile 8 to Mile 10
Wheelchair: 7:45 a.m.
Runners: 8:08 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Continues south on Broadway from Sheridan to Clark, south on Clark to Fullerton.

Mile 10 to Mile 12
Wheelchair: 7:52 a.m.
Runners: 8:17 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Continues south on Clark from Fullerton to Webster, west on Webster to Sedgwick, south on Sedgwick to North, east on North (eastbound lanes) to Wells, and south on Wells to Walton.

Mile 12 to Mile 14
Wheelchair: 7:58 a.m.
Runners: 8:27 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Continues south on Wells from Walton to Wacker, west on Wacker (westbound lanes) to Franklin, south on Franklin to Monroe, west on Monroe to Jefferson, south on Jefferson to Adams, and west on Adams to Halsted.

Mile 14 to Mile 16
Wheelchair: 8:05 a.m.
Runners: 8:36 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Continues west on Adams from Halsted to Ashland, west on Adams to Damen, south on Damen to Jackson, and east on Jackson to Ogden.

Mile 16 to Mile 18
Wheelchair: 8:11 a.m.
Runners: 8:46 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Continues east on Jackson from Ogden to Halsted, south on Halsted to Taylor, and west on Taylor to Morgan.

Mile 18 to Mile 20
Wheelchair: 8:18 a.m.
Runners: 8:55 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Continues west on Taylor from Morgan to Loomis, south on Loomis to 18th St., and east on 18th St. to Newberry.

Mile 20 to Mile 22
Wheelchair: 8:24 a.m.
Runners: 9:05 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Continues east on 18th St. from Newberry to Halsted, south on Halsted to Canalport, southwest on Canalport to Cermak, east on Cermak to Wentworth, and south on Wentworth to 26th St.

Mile 22 to Mile 24
Wheelchair: 8:31 a.m.
Runners: 9:14 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Continues south on Wentworth from 26th St. to 33rd St., east on 33rd St. to State, south on State (southbound lanes) to 35th St., east on 35th St. to Indiana, and north on Indiana to 31st St.

Mile 24 to Mile 26
Wheelchair: 8:37 a.m.
Runners: 9:24 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Continues west on 31st St. from Indiana to northbound Michigan, north on Michigan to Roosevelt, east on Roosevelt (westbound lanes) to Columbus Dr., north on Columbus.

Mile 26 to Finish
Wheelchair: 8:44 a.m.
Runners: 9:34 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
The route concludes north on Columbus Dr. to the Finish Line.

Spectator parking

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