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.
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.
Click here to view distances from major Chicago hotels to the Chicago Marathon start line, finish line, Health & Fitness Expo, airports, public transportation, city landmarks and more.
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.
Metra train service
On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound trains for participants and spectators on the following four lines: BNSF Railway, Milwaukee North, Metra Electric, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. Click here to download a schedule with special inbound and outbound trains.
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
Whether you are attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a participant or a spectator, The South Shore invites you to park your car in one of its convenient stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day. The South Shore will make extra stops and run extra trains October 9-11! Visit nictd.com for details.
GO Airport Express
GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle transportation between Chicago area locations and O’Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown and suburban locations. Shuttle counters are located at both O’Hare and Midway in the baggage claim areas. Transportation to airports is arranged by reservation. Book now and pay only $20 per person on your one-way airport shuttle. To make a shuttle reservation, visit airportexpress.com or call 800.284.3826. For private charters call 773.843.2420. Fares do not include a $2 MPEA departure tax from the airports.
Divvy to Grant Park
Warm up your legs and Divvy to Grant Park on race day. Divvy Valets will be at the Michigan Ave & Jackson Blvd, as well as Michigan Ave & Congress Pkwy Stations on Sunday, October 11 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ensure you can always return a bike.
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.
Park with ParkWhiz on race day
With ParkWhiz you can find and book a guaranteed parking spot whether you need it for race day, or the entire weekend. ParkWhiz has a ton of parking options near hotels, the expo and Grant Park, not to mention spots along the course – all at the lowest possible price. Booking a spot on ParkWhiz ensures your spot will be waiting for you when you arrive. To save money and book your spot now go to parkwhiz.com or download the app.
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. Attendees will need to get their parking validated at a booth within the Expo hall to receive the $10 reduced rate.