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 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 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.
As the 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 2016 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 2016 Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience.
Information 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
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.
Tune into NBC 5 Chicago and TelemundoChicago.com
on race day
NBC 5 Chicago brings live broadcast and web-streaming coverage of the 40th Anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon to a global audience. Make plans to watch! Here’s how it works. On Sunday, October 8, Chicagoans can tune into NBC 5 and catch live coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon from 7 – 11 a.m.
Not in the area? Log on to nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com for extended coverage from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (U.S. Central Time), including live video of finishers crossing the finish line, custom video clips, photos and social media integration. You can watch from anywhere in the world, right on your smartphone or computer.
Weekly training tips
To help prepare for the 40th Anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon, NBC 5 Chicago and telemundochicago.com will air weekly tips throughout your weekly training journey. NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago training tips will feature Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski and special guests that address important topics like hydration, nutrition, cross training and much more! Training tips will air on NBC 5 Chicago on Saturdays at 6 a.m., 10:30 p.m. in “Sports Sunday” programming and Mondays at 5 p.m. Starting July 29 Telemundo Chicago will air training tips Mondays at 5 p.m.
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 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview shows on 670 The Score Sports Radio
Tune into 670 The Score Sports Radio for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview shows featuring Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski and running industry special guests discussing what to expect and how to prepare for the Chicago Marathon. The preview shows can be heard from 7 – 8 a.m. (U.S. Central Time) the three Saturdays in advance of race day.
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 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: 7:20 a.m.
Runners: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Marathon starts in Grant Park at Columbus Dr. and Monroe Dr. The route travels north on Columbus Dr. to Grand Ave., west on Grand to State St., south on State St. to Jackson Blvd.
Mile 2 to Mile 4
Wheelchair: 7:26 a.m.
Runners: 7:39 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Continues west on Jackson Blvd. from State St. to LaSalle St. and north on LaSalle St. to Division St.
Mile 4 to Mile 6
Wheelchair: 7:33 a.m.
Runners: 7:49 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Continues north on LaSalle St. from Division St. to Stockton Dr., north on Stockton Dr. to Fullerton Pkwy., east on Fullerton Pkwy. to Cannon Dr. and north on Cannon Dr.
Mile 6 to Mile 8
Wheelchair: 7:40 a.m.
Runners: 7:58 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Continues north on Cannon Dr. from Fullerton Pkwy. to Sheridan Dr., north on Sheridan Dr. to Inner Lake Shore Dr., north on Inner Lake Shore Dr. to Addison St., west on Addison St. to Broadway St. and south on Broadway to Roscoe St.
Mile 8 to Mile 10
Wheelchair: 7:47 a.m.
Runners: 8:08 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Continues south on Broadway St. from Roscoe St. to Clark St., south on Clark St. to Webster St., west on Webster St. to Sedgwick St., south on Sedgwick St. to Menomonee St.
Mile 10 to Mile 12
Wheelchair: 7:54 a.m.
Runners: 8:18 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Continues south on Sedgwick St. from Menomonee St. to North Ave. (eastbound lanes),
east on North Ave. to Wells St., south on Wells St. to Hubbard St., west on Hubbard St. to Franklin St.
Mile 12 to Mile 14
Wheelchair: 8:01 a.m.
Runners: 8:27 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Continues west on Hubbard St. to Orleans St., south on Orleans St. to Franklin St., south on Franklin St. to Monroe St., west on Monroe St. to Jefferson St., south on Jefferson St. to Adams St., west on Adams St. to Racine Ave.
Mile 14 to Mile 16
Wheelchair: 8:08 a.m.
Runners: 8:37 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Continues west on Adams St. to Damen Ave., south on Damen Ave. to Van Buren St., east on Van Buren St. to Ogden Ave. and northeast on Ogden Ave. to Jackson Blvd.
Mile 16 to Mile 18
Wheelchair: 8:14 a.m.
Runners: 8:47 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Continues east on Jackson Blvd. to Halsted St., south on Halsted St. to Taylor St. and west on Taylor St. to Laflin St.
Mile 18 to Mile 20
Wheelchair: 8:21 a.m.
Runners: 8:56 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Continues west on Taylor St. to Ashland Ave., south on Ashland Ave. (northbound lanes) to 18th St., east on 18th St. to Halsted St. and south on Halsted St. to Cermak Rd.
Mile 20 to Mile 22
Wheelchair: 8:28 a.m.
Runners: 9:06 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Continues south on Halsted St. from Cermak Rd. to Archer Ave., northeast on Archer Ave. to Cermak Rd., east on Cermak Rd. to Wentworth Ave., south on Wentworth Ave. to 27th St.
Mile 22 to Mile 24
Wheelchair: 8:35 a.m.
Runners: 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Continues south on Wentworth Ave. to 33rd St., east on 33rd St. to State St., south on State St. (northbound lanes) to 35th St., east on 35th St. to Michigan Ave., north on Michigan Ave. to 29th St.
Mile 24 to Mile 26
Wheelchair: 8:42 a.m.
Runners: 9:25 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Continues north on Michigan Ave. to Roosevelt Rd., east on Roosevelt Rd. (westbound lanes) to Columbus Dr., north on Columbus Dr.
Mile 26 to Finish
Wheelchair: 8:49 a.m.
Runners: 9:35 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The route concludes north on Columbus Dr. to the finish line