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.
Location & hours
McCormick Place Convention Center
Lakeside Center, Hall D
2301 S. Prairie Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616
Friday, October 7, 2016
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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.
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.
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)
- River North: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, (southwest corner of Ohio and Rush Streets)
- 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 7, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. 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 race. Click here for driving directions to McCormick Place Parking Lot A.
Chicago 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. 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
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. 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 nictd.com or call 219.926.5744.
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.
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. Click here for additional information or visit metrarail.com.
If you are a vendor who is interested in marketing at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please click here for more information.