A Guide To The 2018 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon

Shannon Blum
October 02, 2018 - 11:14 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Runners will be hitting the streets of Chicago on Sunday for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon kicks off Sunday, Oct. 7 in Grant Park and continues through 29 diverse neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The first wave of racers begin at 7:30 a.m.

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

Comedian Kevin Hart will be running this year. He ran the 2017 New York City Marathon in 4:05:06, narrowly missing a sub-4:00 marathon. He announced on Instagram that “the goal is to do my best time and after doing my best time.” Hart, 39, told Runner’s World that he takes his training seriously and that he has two goals: to break four hours and to run a total of five marathons. 

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 WBBM Newsradio's sports anchor Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday.

Think you are ready to cheer on the runners? Here is a guide to the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Schedule of Events:

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday, October 7 throughout 29 Chicago neighborhoods.  

Friday, October 5:

  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-Up | McCormick Place, North Building, Hall | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 6:

  • Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K | 7:30 a.m.
  • Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-Up | McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 7

Race Day | Grant Park

  • 5:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
  • 5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
  • 7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (men)
  • 7:21 a.m. – Wheelchair Start (women)
  • 7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
  • 7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
  • 7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
  • 8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
  • 8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start 

Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party

  • Grant Park, Butler Field | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Times are subject to change.

Location: 

The start and finish line areas are both located in Grant Park on Columbus Drive. The 26.2-mile course runs through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. The route extends north to Sheridan Rd., west to Damen Ave. and south to 35th St.

Best Places To Watch:

As in previous years, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. The Chicago Marathon recommends 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.  

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.

Cheer Zones:

  • Bank of America Cheer Zones – Miles 13.7 and 26 - Join Bank of America at two cheer zones to support all race participants. Cheer items will be provided to help you support your runners, and we encourage you to “high-five” runners as a way of motivating and celebrating their journey to the finish. The Mile 13.7 Cheer Zone will be located on Monroe and Jefferson Streets (two blocks from Union Station). The Mile 26 Cheer Zone is near the finish line at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road (two blocks from CTA Red Line Roosevelt stop).
  • Merrill Lynch Cheer Zone - Head to the Merrill Lynch Cheer Zone to grab a bull bell and join the DJ encouraging runners as they make their way through the West Loop. The Merrill Lynch Cheer Zone is located at Mile 17.1 (Halsted Street and Jackson Boulevard).
  • U.S. Trust Cheer Zone - Come make some noise and cheer on the runners giving them an extra push of motivation for the second half of the race. The U.S. Trust Cheer Zone is located at Mile 13.7 on Jefferson Street between Monroe and Adams Streets.
  • 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.

Spectator viewing areas by CTA trains:

Use Chicago’s convenient and affordable CTA rail system to cheer on your runner from start to finish at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

  • Grand Red Line Station – Miles 1, 3 and 12.5 Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Ave. (Mile 1). Walk three blocks west to LaSalle St. (Mile 3) and four blocks west to Wells St. (Mile 12.5).
  • Monroe Red Line Station – Mile 2 Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe St. Chicago Red Line Station – Miles 3.5 and 12.25 Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Ave. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle St. (mile 3.5) and four blocks west to Wells St. (Mile 12.25).
  • Clark/Division Red Line Station – Miles 4 and 12 Board a Red Line train and exit at LaSalle St. (Mile 4). Walk one block west to Wells St. (Mile 12).
  • Sheridan Red Line Station – Mile 8 Board a Red Line train and exit at Sheridan Rd. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.
  • Addison Red Line Station – Mile 8.5 Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison St. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.
  • Sedgwick Brown Line Station – Mile 11 Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick St. Walk a half-block north to North Ave.
  • Washington/Wells Elevated Station (Brown, Pink or Orange Line) – Mile 13.5 Board any Brown, Pink or Orange Line train and exit at Washington/Wells. Walk one block west on Washington St. to Franklin St.
  • UIC-Halsted Blue Line Station – Miles 14.25 and 17 Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted St. exit or Morgan St. exit and walk two blocks north to Adams St. to view the runners at Mile 14.25 in Greektown. Or use the Halsted St. or Morgan St. exit and walk one block north to Jackson Blvd. (Mile 17).
  • 18th Street Pink Line Station – Mile 19 Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th St. Walk four blocks east to Loomis St.
  • Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station – Mile 21.5 Board a Red Line train and exit at Cermak-Chinatown.
  • Sox-35th Red Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25 Board a Red Line train and exit at Sox-35th. Use the 33rd St. exit (Mile 23) or walk two blocks east on 35th St. to State St. (Mile 23.25).
  • 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25 Board a Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd St. exit (Mile 23) or 35th St. exit (Mile 23.25).
  • Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station – Mile 25 Board a Green Line train and exit at Cermak-McCormick Place. Walk two blocks east to Michigan Ave.
  • Roosevelt (Red, Green and Orange Line) Station – Finish Line Board a Red, Green or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Rd. Walk east on Roosevelt Rd. toward the Museum Campus/ Grant Park.

Getting There:

Participants and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend. 

-Public Transportation:

The CTA will provide extra service. There will also be changed bus routes. Check with CTA for all updates.

-Metra:

On race day, Metra will run special inbound and outbound trains. These trains will operate in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday train service. View Metra’s 2018 extended race day service. Participants and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $10 weekend pass for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. 

-Divvy:

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.

Parking:

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. 

Road Closures: 

For residents who live along the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course, and for those traveling to and from Chicago on race day, please be aware that extensive street closures will take place on race day. Street closures along the route will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The roads in Grant Park will be closed longer. In addition, no parking zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Please look for no parking signs in your area for full details. 

  • Columbus Dr. from Race start to Grand Ave. closed from 7 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
  • Grand Ave from Columbus Dr. to State St. closed from 7 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
  • State St. from Grand Ave. to Jackson Blvd. closed from 7 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
  • Jackson Blvd. from State St. to LaSalle St. closer from 7 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
  • LaSalle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Stockton Dr. closer from 7 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
  • Stockton Dr. from LaSalle Dr. to Fullerton Dr. closer from 7 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 
  • Fullerton Dr. from Stockton Dr. to Cannon Dr. closer from 7 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
  • Cannon Dr. from Fullerton Dr. to Sheridan Rd. closer from 7 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
  • Sheridan Rd. from Diversey Pkwy. to Belmont Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
  • Inner Lakeshore Dr. from Belmont Ave. to Sheridan Rd. closer from 7 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
  • Sheridan Rd. from Inner Lakeshore Dr. to Broadway closer from 7 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
  • Broadway from Sheridan Rd. to Briar Pl. closer from 7 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
  • Broadway from Briar Pl. to Diversey Pkwy. closer from 7 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark St. from Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy. closer from 7 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark St. from Fullerton Pkwy. to Webster Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 12:45 p.m.
  • Webster Ave. from Clark St. to Sedgwick St. closer from 7 a.m. 12:45 p.m.
  • Sedgwick St. from Webster Ave. to North Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
  • North Ave. from Sedgwick St. to Wells St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
  • Wells St. from North Ave. to Walton St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
  • Wells St. from Walton St. to Wacker Dr. closer from 7 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
  • Wacker Dr. from Wells St. to Franklin St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
  • Franklin St. from Wacker Dr. to Monroe St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
  • Monroe St. from Franklin St. to Jefferson St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
  • Jefferson St. from Monroe St. to Adams St. closer from 7 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 
  • Adams St. from Jefferson St. to Damen Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 1:45 p.m.
  • Damen Ave. from Adams St. to Jackson Blvd. closer from 7 a.m. 1:45 p.m.
  • Jackson Blvd. from Damen Ave. to Halsted St. closer from 7 a.m. 2:15 p.m.
  • Halsted St. from Jackson Blvd. to Taylor St. closer from 7 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
  • Taylor St. from Halsted St. to Loomis St. closer from 7 a.m. 2:45 p.m.
  • Loomis St. from Taylor St. to 18th St. closer from 7 a.m. 2:45 p.m.
  • 18th St. from Loomis St. to Halsted St. closer from 7 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
  • Halsted St. from 18th St. to Canalport Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
  • Canalport Ave. from Halsted St. to Cermak Rd. closer from 7 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
  • Cermak Rd. from Canalport Ave. to Wentworth Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
  • Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Rd. to 33rd St. closer from 7 a.m. 3:45 p.m.
  • 33rd St.: Wentworth Ave. to State St. closer from 7 a.m. 3:45 p.m.
  • State St. from 33rd St. to 35th St. closer from 7 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • 35th St. from State St. to Indiana Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • Indiana Ave. from 35th St. to 31st St. closer from 7 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • 31st St. from Indiana Ave. to Michigan Ave. closer from 7 a.m. 4:15 p.m.
  • Michigan Ave. from 31st St. to Roosevelt Rd. closer from 7 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 
  • Roosevelt Rd. from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr. closer from 7 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
  • Columbus Dr. from Roosevelt Rd. to Finish closer from 7 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Hotel Accomodations: 

Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. *Please note, the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon housing site is now closed. If you need to make or change a reservation, please contact the hotel property directly.

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.

Will The Show Be Broadcast?

Yes! Listen live on race day. 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 WBBM Newsradio's sports anchor Josh Liss and expert analysts provide a play-by-play of all the exciting action on Sunday.

Plus, NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will provide complete live TV coverage and live streaming of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7. The live television broadcasts will air from 7 – 11 a.m. and the live stream will be available at nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information on the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, visit the website.