Expo & packet pick-up
The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of participant packet pick-up for all Marathon participants. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.
McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 S. Prairie Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616
*For driving and parking, use the above address for the best access to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. The publicly listed mailing address for McCormick Place is 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Participant packet pick-up
Packet pick-up includes:
- Bib number and safety pins
- Gear check tag
- Timing device
- Nike participant running shirt
- Participant bag
Packet pick-up is located at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. All packets must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. Packets are not available for pick up the day of the event and packets will not be mailed to participants.
Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID in order to receive their participant packet and participant bag.
You must pick up your own participant packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will not be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitors
More than 200 exhibitors featuring the newest designs in running footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition will be in attendance at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. A list of 2015 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitors will be available in advance of the race.
Runner’s World Stage
Runner’s World Stage presentations at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo give you an opportunity to learn more about the course, receive last-minute tips, see the latest in running gear and technology and hear from industry experts and special guests. Click here to view the Runner’s World Stage schedule.
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation
Free shuttle bus service
Free shuttle bus service to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be provided to and from the following four locations:
- Downtown: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue (8th Street entrance)
- South Loop: CTA Red Line Stop serving Red, Orange and Green lines, State Street and Roosevelt Road
- Magnificent Mile: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store to the east on St. Clair Street at Erie Street
- Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, upper Wacker Drive at Stetson Avenue
Shuttles will operate every 15 – 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. The final pick-up time from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
CTA transit tips
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. Click here for information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.
Learn more about the CTA bus and rail system by visiting transitchicago.com.
South Shore Line
The South Shore invites you to park your car in one of its convenient stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day. The South Shore will make extra stops and run extra trains October 9-11. Visit nictd.com for details.
Metra train service
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $8 weekend pass for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information on Metra service, visit metrarail.com or call 312.322.6777.
Parking will be available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees at McCormick Place Parking Lot A for a reduced rate of $10. Attendees will need to get their parking validated at a booth within the Expo hall to receive the $10 reduced rate.
If you are a vendor who is interested in marketing at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please click here for more information.