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 book a room for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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 2016 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 2016 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.
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.
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 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 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.
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.
Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park, and Millennium Lakeside garages.