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Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 200 Abbott Health and Fitness Expo logoexhibitors 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.

Location & hours
Participant packet pick-up
Runner’s World Stage
Expo transportation
Marketing opportunities

Location & hours

McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 S. Prairie Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 6
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Times are subject to change.

*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

Items to be picked up include:

  • 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 and bags must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. Packets and bags are not available for pick-up the day of the event and 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.

Runner’s World Stage Runner's World logo

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.

View the 2016 Runner’s World Stage schedule.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo parking
Parking will be available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees at McCormick Place Parking Lot A for a reduced rate of $10. You must have your parking ticket validated at the Health & Fitness Expo in order to receive the reduced race. View driving directions to McCormick Place Parking Lot A.

CTA LogoChicago Transit Authority (CTA) transit tips
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. For information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

Learn more about the CTA bus and rail system by visiting

South Shore Line
Participants and spectators are encouraged to take the South Shore Line to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The South Shore Line runs from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago with stops along the way. View the 2017 South Shore Line schedule.

Park your car at one of the convenient South Shore Line stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day. For more information about stations and tickets visit or call 312-836-7000.

METRA logoMetra 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 or call 312.322.6777.

Metra Electric
Provides frequent service between Abbott’s Health & Fitness Expo (McCormick Place) and downtown, with convenient stops at Millennium Station, Van Buren Street and Museum Campus. View additional information or visit

Spot Hero logoReserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress-free!

To book convenient and affordable parking, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo SpotHero parking page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Chicago —learn more here.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code CHIHEALTH for an extra $5 off your first park!

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Marketing opportunities

If you are a vendor who is interested in marketing at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please click here for more information.

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