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.
Reserve a hotel room
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.
View some of the hotels that will have rooms available for the 2019 race and the distances from these hotels to the start and finish lines in Grant Park, the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, city landmarks and more.*
* Attention runners: When making travel arrangements, please note that you must pick up your own participant packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. Learn more information about the Health & Fitness Expo.
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarter hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the Hilton Chicago boasts 1,544 deluxe guest rooms. Ideally located on famed Michigan Avenue, and near the start and finish of the race, the Hilton Chicago is also within walking distance of Millennium Park, museums, shopping and the Loop Business District.
Learn more about Hilton Chicago and the amenities they offer on the Hilton Chicago fact sheet.
With over 500 daily flights at Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and the ability to connect on to more than 120 destinations worldwide, American is proud to bring people to the Windy City. American Airlines is the official airline of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
GO Airport Express
GO Airport Express offers efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles from O’Hare and Midway airports. GO Airport Express counters can be found in the baggage claim area of the airport. Shuttles depart every 10 to 15 minutes.
Book your shuttle now, and pay only $20 per person for up to two riders.
Groups of 3 or more will receive a greater discount and pay only $16 per person. Visit airportexpress.com/reservations to make a reservation or call 800.284.3826 and use the code “marathon.” For private charters call 773.843.2420.
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.
Participants and spectators 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.
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 312.836.7000.
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. – 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.
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.
On race day, runners are treated to a 26.2-mile tour of diverse cultures, historic buildings and residences, renowned architecture, vibrant murals and the mouth-watering scents of some of the best dining in the world. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods and we are proud to call these the 29 neighborhood partners of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.