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Expo & packet pick-up

2018 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo Exhibit Hall

The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features more than 180 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 the participant packet pick-up for all Marathon participants. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.

Location & hours
Participant packet pick-up
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo Main Stage presentations
Abbott Health & Fitness Exhibitor list
Expo transportation
Public transportation
Marketing opportunities

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo


Location & hours

McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive*
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 11
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 12
9 a.m. to 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. If you are driving, follow the signs for Parking Lot A for the most convenient parking location. The publicly listed mailing address for McCormick Place is 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive.


Participant packet pick-up

Participant packet items include:

  • Bib number and safety pins
  • MYLAPS BibTag timing device
  • Gear check tag
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag
  • Complimentary post-race 312 Dry-Hopped Urban Wheat Ale*

*For participants age 21 and over

Packet pick-up is located at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B. Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID 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 Main Stage presentations

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo Main Stage presentations will 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. More information including the Expo Main Stage presentation schedule will be available in advance of race weekend.


Abbott Health & Fitness Exhibitor list

A full list of Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitors will be available in advance of race weekend.


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 Rush and Ohio streets
  • Magnificent Mile: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store on the northwest corner of St. Clair and Erie streets
  • Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, southeast corner of Wacker Drive and Stetson Avenue

Shuttles will operate every 15 to 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. 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.


Public transportation

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. For information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

Visit transitchicago.com for information on CTA fares and transit directions to McCormick Place.

CTA


South Shore Line
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees are encouraged to take the South Shore Line race weekend. 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 Health & Fitness Expo.

Visit mysouthshoreline.com for more information about stations and tickets.

South Shore Line


Metra 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 metrarail.com or call 312.322.6777.

Metra Electric
Take the Metra Electric line to and from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Metra Electric provides frequent service between McCormick Place and downtown. View the Metra Electic schedule and visit metrarail.com for more information.

Metra


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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