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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
Runner tracking
Information presented by Molex

Broadcast information
Spectator viewing areas by CTA trains
McDonald’s Runner Update Centers

Participant times and locations


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.

Spectator guide

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.

Download the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide (.pdf)


Runner tracking

Track runners on race day with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile Application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile Application, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect on-the-go guide for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The free mobile application includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race experience, whether you’re running or cheering on friends and family.

The 2016 mobile application features live race-day runner tracking! Download the Mobile Application today by clicking the links below or searching Bank of America Chicago Marathon in the App and Google Play stores. To add registered participants to your race day tracking list, search their names and add them to your favorites. You can track up to 20 runners on race day through the Mobile Application.

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Live race results
The most efficient way to stay updated on race day results is at chicagomarathon.com. 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.

Share your results on Facebook and Twitter
Participants can share their performance with friends and supporters on Facebook and Twitter! TAG Heuer official timekeeper of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will automatically post the status of runners as they pass the start, 10K, half, 30K and finish line of the race. Runners can sign up today to let everyone know what they’re made of. Click here to register.

Molex

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.

Broadcast information

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NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 Chicago complete live TV coverage on race day from 7 a.m. -11 a.m. nbcchicago.com will provide live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

NBC 5 Chicago is your go-to  news source for everything Bank of America Chicago Marathon leading up to and throughout race weekend. Visit nbcchicago.com for the latest news and weekly training 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 a.m. – 10 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.

CTA LogoSpectators viewing areas by CTA trains

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.

McDonalds LogoMcDonald’s Runner Update Centers

Eight on-course McDonald’s locations are proud to be designated as Runner Update Centers where spectators can go to check on the status of their runners by looking them up online.

  • 203 N. LaSalle St. (at Lake St.)
  • 23 S. Clark St. (at Madison St.)
  • 180 W. Adams St. (at Wells St.)
  • 144 S. Wabash Ave. (at Adams St.)
  • 600 N. Clark St. (at Ohio St.)
  • 2635 N. Clark St. (at Wrightwood Ave.)
  • 1563 N. Wells St. (at North Ave.)
  • 1664 S. Blue Island Ave. (at 18th St.)

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

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