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Participant Guide now available! The 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant Guide is now online. View the guide.

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Ruth Chepngetich winning the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

Schedule of events
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant Guide
Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS
Abbott Chicago 5K
Nike Pace Team
Broadcast information
Information tents
Lost and found
27th Mile Post-Race Party
Continue your post-race celebration with Goose Island Beer Co.
Official Nike merchandise


Schedule of events

Subject to change

Thursday, October 6
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, Lakeside Center
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, October 7
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, Lakeside Center
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 8
Abbott Chicago 5K
Grant Park
7:30 a.m.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, Lakeside Center
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 9
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Grant Park
Marathon Wheelchair Start (men): 7:20 a.m.
Marathon Wheelchair Start (women): 7:21 a.m.
Marathon Handcycle Start: 7:23 a.m.
Wave 1 Start (red): 7:30 a.m.
Wave 2 Start (blue): 8 a.m.
Wave 3 Start (orange): 8:35 a.m.
Spectator access to Grant Park begins: 9:30 a.m.

27th Mile Post Race Party
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Grant Park map (.pdf)


Bank of America Chicago Marathon Participant Guide

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant guide includes all the information participants need to have a great race weekend experience. The guide will serve as a step-by-step manual to assist participants during race week, from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to race morning in Grant Park and during the race itself. Inside, you will find schedules, policies and detailed information on the weekend’s events.


Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The mobile app is now available on the App Store and Google Play.


Abbott Chicago 5K

The Abbott Chicago 5K is the perfect way for marathoners, fans of the sport and friends and family to experience Chicago and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. The 3.1-mile course previews a section of the Chicago Marathon as it weaves past iconic downtown landmarks. The race kicks off in Grant Park and finishes in the heart of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood. In recognition of each runner’s participation on race day, the event will make a two-dollar donation to the American Diabetes Association for every participant who crosses the finish line.

To learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com.

Abbott Chicago 5K


Nike Pace Team

The Nike Pace Team is comprised of marathon veterans who help others achieve their performance goals. The Nike Pace Team will pace groups of runners according to the following finish times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45. Learn more about the Nike Pace Team, including how to join and frequently asked questions.

Nike


Broadcast information

Watch live

NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago and TeleXitos will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9 in English and Spanish. The NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago and TeleXitos live television broadcasts will air from 7 – 11 a.m. CST and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com, on the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago apps, and on the stations’ Roku and Apple TV channels, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.

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Listen live

670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Listen to Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday, October 9. Download the free Audacy app to listen from anywhere.

Tune in before the race to listen to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview shows featuring running experts and the Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski. The shows will air at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 and Saturday, October 1. A post-race recap show will air at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 15.

WSCR The Score


Information tents

Information tents will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Information volunteers will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items. Information tents will be in the following areas:

  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at 11th Street
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Harrison Street
  • Within the Buckingham Fountain Gear Check facility (participant-only Information Tent)
  • On the east side of Michigan Avenue at Jackson Drive
  • North side of Jackson Drive between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive
  • On the northwest corner of Ida B. Wells Drive and Columbus Drive

Lost and found

Lost and found items will be collected throughout race weekend at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and in Grant Park on race day. If you are looking for an item that was lost, please go to the nearest information tent for more information or visit chicagomarathon.com/lostandfound to confirm if your item was turned into the event lost and found. Following the event, items can be reclaimed at the Hilton Chicago (enter off 8th Street) during the following times:

  • Sunday, October 9, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, October 10, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

27th Mile Post-Race Party

After connecting with your loved ones, celebrate your accomplishment at the 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Butler Field, near the start line at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. The outdoor celebration will feature live music, food and beverages available for purchase. Participants aged 21 and over (photo ID required) can redeem the tear-off portion of their bib number for one Goose Island Hazy Beer Hug or Neon Beer Hug.

The 27th Mile Post-Race Party is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with live music beginning at 10:30 a.m. and beer ticket redemption and sales from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Continue your post-race celebration with Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island is proud to set the pace for race day refreshments in Chicago. Enjoy a Hazy Beer Hug or Neon Beer Hug at the 27th Mile Post-Race Party, in Grant Park’s Butler Field, immediately after the race.

After the 27th Mile Post-Race Party, continue celebrating at one of the Goose Island Post-Race Participant Celebrations throughout the city. Be one of the first three hundred and twelve runners to arrive wearing a finisher medal, at any of the three locations, and the first 312 Urban Wheat Ale is on the house!

Goose Island Taproom
1800 W Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Goose Island Brewhouse
1800 N Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Lizzie McNeill’s
400 N McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
Napolita – Millennium Hall
11 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602

Goose Island


Official Nike merchandise

Commemorate your Bank of America Chicago Marathon experience with official merchandise offered by Nike. The official merchandise collection includes commemorative performance running and lifestyle apparel and can be purchased online, in-store at Nike Chicago or at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo during race week. First access is available to Nike Members on September 15.

Participants are encouraged to purchase merchandise in advance of race weekend. Shipping or in-store pickup is available for Nike.com purchases. But hurry, official merchandise is limited.

Official Nike merchandise will be available at the following local stores:

  • Nike Chicago
  • Fleet Feet Chicago locations
  • Naperville Running Company
  • Heartbreak Hill Running Company
  • Last Lap Cornerstore

Official finisher merchandise will be available starting Saturday, October 8 only at Nike Chicago and Nike.com.


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