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Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 180 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
North Building, Hall B
2301 S. Prairie Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 5, 2018
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
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
  • MYLAPS BibTag timing device
  • Gear check tag
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag
  • Complimentary post-race 312 Urban Wheat Ale beer ticket*

*For participants age 21 and over

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 participant packet and participant bag in person at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. These items (participant packets, bags and running shirts) will not be available for pickup on race day, and will not be mailed. Individuals will not be allowed to pick up these items 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 2017 Runner’s World Stage schedule.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation

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 transitchicago.com.


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 mysouthshoreline.com 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 metrarail.com 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 metrarail.com.


DivvyDivy logo
Warm up your legs with a Divvy bike ride to and from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Purchase a 24-hour access pass for $9.95 and receive unlimited rides up to 30 minutes long. Passes are available at all Divvy station kiosks or download the Transit app to purchase a pass, map directions around the city and request new codes each time you ride!

There are two convenient Divvy stations near the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo: Calumet & 18th Street or along the Lakeshore path at Burnham Harbor.


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 visit the Expo & participant bag page for more information.

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