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Cheer on this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants in-person along the course or from home by following TV and radio coverage of the event. Spectators can track individual runners using the Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services. After the race, join your participant at the Abbott 27.2 Fest in Grant Park.

Schedule of events
Grant Park spectator access
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Schedule of events

Friday, October 8
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, West Building, Hall F2
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 9
Abbott Chicago 5K
Grant Park (Ida B. Wells east of Michigan Ave.)
Race start: 7:30 a.m.

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place, West Building, Hall F2
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 10
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.

Abbott 27.2 Fest
Grant Park, Butler Field
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Runner Reunite
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Grant Park spectator access

Spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will be accessible only to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). Family, friends and individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line.

We recommend that spectators support runners from elsewhere on the course and meet runners after the race in designated areas within Grant Park.

The Abbott 27.2 Fest and Runner Reunite area of Grant Park will open to spectators at 9:30 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening at Entrance Gate #1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Entrance Gate #4 (Ida B. Wells Drive and Michigan Avenue).

Spectators are encouraged to wear face coverings in Grant Park and along the 26.2-mile course route.


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 2021 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 2021 mobile app features unlimited live race day runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live broadcast streaming, real-time weather, an interactive course map, bib share, marathon store, event photos and much more!

The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon mobile app will be available in the coming weeks on the App Store and Google Play.

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