Whether you are planning to support a specific runner or looking to cheer on the masses, we have all the information you need to prepare for race day viewing along the course or from home.
As in previous years, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas are only accessible 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 at the designated runner reunite area after the race.
The Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party 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. Please note, any items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.
Recommended spectator viewing areas:
- To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
- To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
- Connect with friends and family after the race, at Runner Reunite. Alphabetical signs (A-Z) will be staged on Columbus Drive adjacent to the Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party to facilitate meeting locations by name.
Bank of America Cheer Zone – Mile 26
Join Bank of America at the on-course cheer zone to support all race participants. Cheer items will be provided to help you support your runners, and we encourage you to grab Bank of America noisemakers to motivate runners in their journey to the finish. A DJ and drumline will be there to increase the excitement and celebrate all the runners. The Bank of America Cheer Zone is near the finish line at Michigan Avenue and 16th Street and continues onto Roosevelt Road.
Charity Block Party
Thousands of Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants are running and fundraising on behalf of important local, national and global causes. To celebrate the impact these participants make, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will host a Charity Block Party near Mile 15. Spectators, family and friends are welcome to cheer on their charity runners at the Charity Block Party located at Adams Street and Loomis Street near Whitney Young High School.
8K Cheer Zone
Cheer on runners as they shamROCK through the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Cheer Zone located in Lincoln Park at the 8K mark. The Shamrock Shuffle is the kick-off to the Chicago running season and is a continuation of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit shamrockshuffle.com for more information.
View the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course map for the locations of all on-course entertainment areas.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 2019 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 2019 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 2019 mobile app will be available in advance of race day.
As the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that makes Chicago great. As you prepare to cheer on your runner make sure to take advantage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide. With a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details and more helpful information, the Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience.
NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 Chicago and nbcchicago.com will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day. The NBC 5 Chicago live television broadcast will air from 7 – 11 a.m. and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Telemundo Chicago and telemundochicago.com will provide live reports and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day. The Telemundo Chicago live television broadcast will air starting at 7 a.m. and the live stream will be available at telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
670 The Score Sports Radio
670 The Score Sports Radio will provide complete live radio coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Listen to Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday, October 13.
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 September 28, October 5 and 12.
Information presented by Molex will be available throughout Grant Park on race day. Volunteers at information tents will be available to assist participants and spectators with event information, course maps and general event inquiries as well as lost and found items.
- 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