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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 2017 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 40th anniversary 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 2017 mobile app features live race day runner tracking, schedule of events, real time weather, an interactive course map, marathon store, official Nike+ Run Club training program, event photos and much more!  Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Download on the App Store 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 brings live broadcast and web-streaming coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to a global audience. Make plans to watch! Here’s how it works. On race day, Chicagoans can tune into NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago to catch live coverage of the Chicago Marathon.

Not in the area? Log on to and 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.

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670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day.

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 2017 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.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 (Mile 1). Walk three blocks west to LaSalle St.(Mile 3) and five blocks west to Orleans St. (Mile 12).

Monroe (Red Line) Station – Mile 2
Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe Street.

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 (Mile 3.5) and four blocks west to Wells St. (Mile 11.5).

Clark/Divison (Red Line) Station – Miles 4 and 11
Board a Red Line train and exit at Clark/Division. Use the LaSalle Street exit (Mile 4) and walk one block west to Wells Street (Mile 11),

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 13.5 and 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 Adams Street (Mile 13.5). Exit at Halsted Street (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.

Sox-35th (Red Line) Station – Mile 23.25
Board a Red Line train and exit at 35th Street. Walk two blocks east on 35th Street to State Street.

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

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 Museum Campus/Grant Park.

For more information on the CTA visit

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: 7:33 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 Addison, west on Addison to Broadway and south on Broadway to Roscoe.

Mile 8 to Mile 10
Wheelchair: 7:47 a.m.
Runners: 8:08 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Continues south on Broadway from Roscoe to Clark, south on Clark to Webster, west on Webster to Sedgwick, south on Sedgwick to Menomonee.

Mile 10 to Mile 12
Wheelchair: 7:54 a.m.
Runners: 8:17 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Continues south on Sedgwick from Menomonee to North (eastbound lanes), east on North to Wells, south on Wells to Hubbard, west on Hubbard to Franklin. 

Mile 12 to Mile 14
Wheelchair: 8:01 a.m.
Runners: 8:27 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Continues west on Hubbard to Orleans, south on Orleans to Franklin, south on Franklin to Monroe St, west on Monroe to Jefferson St, south on Jefferson to Adams St, west on Adams to Racine. 

Mile 14 to Mile 16
Wheelchair: 8:08 a.m.
Runners: 8:37 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Continues west on Adams to Damen, south on Damen to Van Buren, east on Van Buren to Ogden and northeast on Ogden to Jackson.

Mile 16 to Mile 18
Wheelchair: 8:14 a.m.
Runners: 8:47 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Continues east on Jackson to Halsted, south on Halsted to Taylor and west on Taylor to Laflin.

Mile 18 to Mile 20
Wheelchair: 8:21 a.m.
Runners: 8:56 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Continues west on Taylor to Ashland, south on Ashland (northbound lanes) to 18th St., east on 18th St. to Halsted and south on Halsted to Cermak. 

Mile 20 to Mile 22
Wheelchair: 8:28 a.m.
Runners: 9:06 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Continues south on Halsted from Cermak to Archer, northeast on Archer to Cermak, east on Cermak to Wentworth, south on Wentworth to 27th St.

Mile 22 to Mile 24
Wheelchair: 8:35 a.m.
Runners: 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Continues south on Wentworth to 33rd St., east on 33rd St. to State, south on State (northbound lanes) to 35th St., east on 35th St. to Michigan Ave., north on Michigan to 29th St.

Mile 24 to Mile 26
Wheelchair: 8:42 a.m.
Runners: 9:25 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Continues north on Michigan to Roosevelt, east on Roosevelt (westbound lanes) to Columbus Dr., north on Columbus.

Mile 26 to Finish
Wheelchair: 8:49 a.m.
Runners: 9:35 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
The route concludes north on Columbus Dr. to the Finish Line.

Spectator parking

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