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Expo & packet pick-up


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
Expo transportation
Marketing opportunities

Location & hours

McCormick Place
North Building, Hall B
2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.*
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.

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:

  • Magnificent Mile: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store on the southeast corner of St. Clair and Erie streets
  • Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, southeast corner of Wacker Drive and Stetson Avenue
  • Downtown: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, 8th  Street entrance
  • River North: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, southwest corner of Rush and Ohio streets

Shuttles will operate every 15 – 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. 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.

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 rate. 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 logoSouth 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 2018 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 $10 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

DivvyDivy logo
Warm up your legs with a Divvy bike ride to and from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Purchase an Explorer Pass on the Divvy app and receive unlimited rides up to 3-hours long. (It is a great way for families to follow along the course) Passes are available at all Divvy station kiosks or you can download the Divvy 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!

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot for the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo, visit the McCormick Place SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero app.

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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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