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Street closure notification

The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is just around the corner. On Sunday, October 7, 2018, more than 40,000 runners will be racing through the streets of Chicago, as they make their way to the finish line of one of the premier running events in the world. We encourage you to become part of this city-wide event and join spectators from around the world in cheering on the runners. The documents on this page are guides to inform residents, staff and guests of your business or organization on how to best navigate the city on race day, and how to enjoy one of the city’s premier events.

NEW IN 2018: This year, the event will introduce several changes to the 26.2-mile course. These changes were designed to improve the race day experience for participants and enhance the safety and security of those on and near the course route. Download a 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course map below.

2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course map (pdf)

2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon street closure brochure (.pdf)*
2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course flyer (.pdf)*
2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course flyer – Spanish (.pdf)*

*The following documents will be available in the coming weeks.

Race start times

7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (men)
7:21 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (women)
7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start


The start and finish line areas are both located in Grant Park on Columbus Drive. The 26.2-mile course runs through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. The route extends north to Sheridan Rd., west to Damen Ave. and south to 35th St.

Parking and Street Closures

No parking zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Please look for no parking signs in your area for full details. Street closures along the route will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The roads in Grant Park will be closed longer. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through (at a 15-minute mile pace). The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets, they will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety. Please follow their instructions when approaching streets on the course. Do NOT attempt to block the race course at any time.

Towed Vehicle Information

The towing of vehicles along the course and other posted No Parking zones will be enforced beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto-pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 312.744.4444.

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