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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, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.

Location & hours
Attendee requirements
Participant packet pick-up
Bank of America Booth
Virtual Expo
Expo transportation
Public transportation
Marketing opportunities

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo


Location & hours

McCormick Place, West Building, Hall F2
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive*
Chicago, IL 60616

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

Saturday, October 9
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.

If you are taking a rideshare service to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, we encourage you to enter McCormick Place – West Building as your drop off location.


Attendee requirements

Proof of vaccination (hard copy, photocopy or digital version of an immunization record) OR negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. All attendees who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within 72 hours of attending the event. Individuals unable to prove full vaccination or a negative test will be barred from entering the Health & Fitness Expo and picking up the necessary race materials that allow participation in the event.

Upon verification of proof individuals will receive a tamper proof wristband which will act as identification of the screening process and allow entrance into indoor event venues for the remainder of the weekend.

This policy recognizes COVID-19 vaccines authorized or approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Accepted COVID-19 tests include RT-PCR, lateral flow PCR, and rapid antigen.

Individuals based in the United States can visit vaccinefinder.org for more information on COVID-19 vaccines and to find a vaccination location.

Once the verification process is complete attendees will pass through a security screening process. All Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees should refrain from bringing large bags and/or luggage to the Health & Fitness Expo.

All attendees are required to wear face coverings while at indoor event venues, including the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Face coverings must be two-ply at a minimum and cover the mouth and nose securely. Single-ply neck gaiters and face shields are not acceptable face coverings.


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

*Registered participants age 21 and over will receive a tag on their bib number redeemable for one Goose Island beer following the race.

Packet pick-up is located at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. Participants must present their packet pick-up 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.


Bank of America Booth

Celebrate the return of world marathon racing to the city of Chicago at this year’s Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Stop by the Bank of America booth to celebrate the spirit and resilience of both the Chicago community and marathoners from near and far. Come see why runners and their friends and family consider the Bank of America space a “must do” for photo opportunities…selfies and group photos are encouraged. And don’t forget to pick up noisemakers to share with your friends and family to help you get up and running on race day.

Connect to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and each other at bankofamerica.com/ChicagoMarathon or at #ChicagoMarathon #UpandRunning.


Virtual Expo

A virtual version of the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be available in conjunction with the in-person Health & Fitness Expo. The Virtual Expo will offer the opportunity for attendees to further engage with exhibitors and purchase items before and after their visit to in-person Expo.

In addition to the virtual shopping opportunities, attendees can watch on-demand programming historically featured on the Expo Main Stage. The digital content 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.

A link to visit the Virtual Expo will be available race week.


Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation

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 $12. 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. Learn more about 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
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 mysouthshoreline.com or call 219-926-5744.

South Shore Line


Metra train service
Participants and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday. In addition, the $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) is good for unlimited rides on both weekend days. Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees are encouraged to take the Metra Electric line to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. Metra Electric provides frequent service between McCormick Place and downtown.

Metra


Marketing opportunities

If you are a vendor who is interested in marketing at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, please visit the Marketing opportunities page for more information.


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