Hotels, travel & parking
Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries travel to Chicago each fall to experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re traveling nationally, internationally, or driving in from the Chicago area, we encourage you to book your airfare and hotel rooms well in advance of Marathon weekend. Be sure to take advantage of special offers and rates from official Chicago Marathon hotel and travel partners.
Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, offering access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels.
Click here to view distances from major Chicago hotels to the Chicago Marathon start line, finish line, Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, airports, public transportation, city landmarks and more.
Enter to win
Enter to win one of three valuable prizes by visiting Experient, the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
- Grand Prize: Complimentary American Airlines round-trip flight and three-night hotel stay during the 2017 Chicago Marathon race weekend.
- 2nd Prize: Complimentary two-night hotel stay in a participating Chicago hotel (to be used within 12-months of award date).
- 3rd Prize: Dinner for two at Park Grill Restaurant, 11 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, in Millennium Park, valued up to $150 (to be redeemed before December 31, 2017).
You must be 21 or older to enter. Click here for more information.
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarters hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Located just across the street from Grant Park, the Hilton Chicago is a hub of activity on race weekend.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend. For travel information, visit CTA’s Trip Planner at transitchicago.com. To purchase fare cards in advance, visit faremedia.chicago-card.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information.
On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound trains. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. Click here to view Metra’s extended race day service.
Participants and spectators 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.
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. Click here to view the 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 nictd.com or call 219.926.5744.
GO Airport Express – Special $20 one-way rides
GO Airport Express offers special pricing for shuttle transportation between Chicago area locations, as well as O’Hare and Midway Airports for $20 one-way rides. Efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown and suburban locations. Click here to view GO Airport Express locations.
Shuttle counters are located at both airports in the baggage claim areas. Transportation is arranged by reservation. To make a shuttle reservation, click here or call 800.284.3826. Reference “marathon” when making your reservation to receive the special $20 one-way pricing on reservations from October 1 – 15.
For private charters call 773.843.2421. Fares do not include a $2 MPEA departure tax from the airports.
Warm up your legs and Divvy to Grant Park on race day. Divvy Ambassadors will be at the Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd., as well as Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy. docking stations on race day between 8 a.m. – 1p.m. to ensure you can always return a bike.
Run Chicago, Ride Uber!
Need a ride to or from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Download the Uber app and get a reliable ride in minutes. Enter promo code RUNCHICAGO when you download the Uber app for your first ride free, up to $15. Not valid on uberCAB.
*First-time riders only. Expires December 31, 2016.
To request your ride at the Chicago Marathon, exit Grant Park and head west past Michigan Ave. Once you’re past Michigan Ave, open the Uber app and request a ride by entering your pickup location and destination.
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
There are four dedicated Uber pickup locations at McCormick Place. When you open the Uber app and request a ride you will be directed to choose the dedicated pickup location that is closest to you. The Lakeside Building pickup location is closest to the Expo. Your driver will meet you at your selected location.
All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation race weekend. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race.