EXPO & PACKET PICK-UP
The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features over 100 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 three-day Expo is free and open to the public.
We ask that all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees refrain from bringing large bags and/or luggage to the Health & Fitness Expo. Please note that all attendees will be subject to a security screening upon entering the Health & Fitness Expo.
McCormick Place, Lakeside Center
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive*
Chicago, IL 60616
Thursday, October 5
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, October 6
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 7
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 C for the most convenient parking location. The publicly listed mailing address for McCormick Place is 2301 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
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.
The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo features over 100 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology.
The Main Stage at the Health & Fitness Expo will feature a variety of speakers throughout the weekend, including fitness professionals, elite athletes, medical professionals and more.
Main stage schedule (.pdf)
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo parking
NEW IN 2023! Parking will be available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees at McCormick Place Parking Lot C located on Fort Dearborn Drive for a reduced rate of $12. You must have your parking ticket validated by staff located near the entrance of the Health & Fitness Expo to receive the reduced rate.
Please note, parking is available throughout the McCormick Place campus for $25. Parking Lot C is the only parking lot with the reduced $12 parking rate.
Visit chicagomarathon.com/expoparking for driving directions to McCormick Place Parking Lot C.
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.
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. Please note that busing will be ongoing for passengers to stations between Carroll Ave. and Gary.
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.
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.
MAMAVA LACTATION SUITES
McCormick Place, home to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, has three private Mamava Lactation Suites. The private suites, also known as pods, are in the following locations:
- Lakeside Center, Level 2, by the Gift Shop
- North/South Level 2.5 across from Starbucks
- West Level 1 near the Main Information Desk on Indiana Avenue
The Mamava Suites are available to all Health & Fitness Expo attendees. If you plan to use the space during your time at the Expo, we encourage you to download the Mamava Mobile App in advance to unlock the suite upon your arrival.
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.