Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024
Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known worldwide as a thrilling world-class race. One of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, it’s a great choice if you want to chase after a personal record or simply finish your first marathon. Demand for places is high but as an official tour operator for this event you do not need to wait or worry about the lottery process, instead we can guarantee your place on a first come first served basis. We encourage entrants to reserve their place now via pre-registration, allowing you to concentrate on your training and preparations.
Marathon Tours & Travel offer 3, 4 or 5-night packages staying at deluxe accommodation, located within the course limits and the heart of the city centre. Perfectly curated packages cater for runners and supporters alike. As part of our expertly created packages, we include invitations for you to take part in activities such as welcome reception, escorted race number pick up, warm-up runs, pre-race dinner, post-race celebrations and the Marathon Tours & Travel team on hand for guidance and support to help make your trip a fun, enjoyable and successful time.
You too can experience how it feels to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and earn a star with the Abbott World Marathon Majors with Marathon Tours & Travel’s help!
Unfortunately, we cannot sell race entry to full-time residents of the USA.
Secure your place now!
At $100 per runner, you can guarantee with pre-registration now!
Pre-registration guarantees your entry to this incredible event and exclusive access to our package choices.
- Exclusive access: Once packages are ready, Seven Continents Club®️ members will receive first exclusive access to choose their preferred package. The remaining available packages will then be sent to the other pre-registered customers to choose and secure before packages and entries open online for general sale.
- No risk: Your pre-registration payment will be credited towards your total package cost after booking. Subject to conditions, if packages do not meet your satisfaction, you can cancel your request and we will refund your $100 payment.
Seven Continents Club®️ membership not only allows you first choice but provides you with many benefits and discounts on our events. Get all of the details and join the club here.
Please note the sale of race entry only is not permitted. Packages can be sold with or without race entry. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Travel Package Information
Friday 11th October, 2024
This is our projected itinerary. As soon as the packages for 2024 are finalised we will update.
Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the following itinerary. The itinerary below reflects the 3 nights package. Adding extra nights is recommended allows you the time to enjoy the city.
Welcome to Chicago! Marathon Expo & Welcome Reception
Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in Chicago today. Hotel rooms are usually ready after 4 p.m.; if you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and explore the city and surrounds.
Today is the best day to visit the Marathon Expo and collect your race pack. The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo is held at McCormick Place Convention Centre. Entry is free and open to the public. There is plenty to see and do so we suggest you allow time to collect your race documents, shop from the many exhibitors, listen to the experts and enjoy the pre-race vibe. There will be of opportunities to meet with your Marathon Tours & Travel team at the hotel to travel together to the Marathon Expo. For those who prefer to visit the expo independently, detailed directions will be provided in your final itinerary.
Early evening, we invite you to join your Marathon Tours & Travel team for an easy run to stretch your legs. The route is not expected to be longer than 5km and will pass alongside the river and lakefront, and through Grant Park. Supporters are very welcome to join too.
Saturday 12th October, 2024
Preparation Day & Dinner
There is an organised race that takes place which you can choose to take part in. To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com. If you didn’t collect your race bib yesterday, please do so today. There is no possibility of bib collection on race day. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy Chicago at your leisure. This evening join Marathon Tours & Travel and your fellow runners for a pre-race pasta dinner.
Sunday 13th October, 2024
Chicago Marathon & Celebrations
This is the day you have trained so hard for! The race start area is an easy walk from our hotel. The Marathon Tours & Travel staff will be available to assist you with directions to the start or to join you if you wish.
Family and friends can travel by public transport or on foot to support and spectate along the race route or join our team at a cheer point on the marathon route. The Marathon Tours & Travel team will be happy to advise.
After the race make your way back to the hotel, freshen up, relax and gaze at your lovely new shiny medal… You worked hard for it!
This evening meet your Marathon Tours & Travel team, fellow runners and supporters to celebrate your achievement! More details will be given on the final itinerary.
Monday 14th October, 2024
Unless you have booked extra nights with us, enjoy a leisurely morning, check out of your room this morning and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours & Travel trip.
Packages & Rates
Packages for 2024 are not yet available
While we work on our travel packages, you can SECURE YOUR PLACE for 2024 by pre-registering with us. To pre-register, click on the Book Now button
Guaranteed Bank of America Chicago Marathon Entry
We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us.
Marathon Tours & Travel Chicago Marathon Package Includes:
- Three nights hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown
- All hotel taxes
- Guaranteed race entry (Runners Only)
- Welcome Reception on Friday evening
- Shake-out run on Saturday morning
- Escorted trip to the Expo on Saturday morning
- Pre-race dinner on Saturday evening
- Escorted walk to the start area (less than one mile from the hotel!)
- Post-race celebration on Sunday evening
- Services of Marathon Tours & Travel staff at the hotel
Renaissance Chicago Downtown - TBC for 2024
VIP R Lounge
Coffee Bar and Library
WiFi is available at a reduced rate of $1 per day per room (discounted from $14.95 per day for our guests). Payable to the hotel directly during your stay.
Twin rooms feature 2 comfortable queen size beds
Double rooms feature 1 king size bed
Triple rooms feature 2 queen size beds
1 West Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601
Enter the 2023 Chicago Marathon with Marathon Tours & Travel
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known worldwide as a thrilling world-class race. One of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a great choice if you want to chase after a personal record or simply finish your first marathon. Enthusiastic supporters calling your name will bring you home for the 6 hours 30 minutes cut off. Chicago is known as the windy city but race day expect anything, it could be windy or no wind at all. Temperatures in the low 40’s Fahrenheit at the start to upper 70s at the finish. The average high and low is 64 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit in October.
Flat and fast, the start and finish is in Grant Park, downtown Chicago. Its an early start in waves from 7.30am. The scenic looped course will take you past many historic landmarks and through numerous diverse neighbourhoods including colourful Old Town, Little Italy and Chinatown. You too can experience how it feels to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and earn a star with the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
Race Time: The first wave begins at 7:30 AM
Minimum Pace/Cut-off Time Policy: The event has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The official end vehicle will start following the last starter and maintain a 15-minute per mile pace along the race course. Chicago Marathon Website
Weather: The Windy City can be just that or it could be a chamber of commerce perfect day. Expect anything and everything from temperatures in the low 40’s Fahrenheit at the start to upper 70s at the finish. The average high and low is 64 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit in October.
Registration & Booking
How to Book
To make your booking, click on the red button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.
Runners from all nationalities may purchase race entry in addition to the accommodation package except residents of USA.
If you reside in Australia please contact our Australian office.
If you reside in North America please contact our USA office.
When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for USA’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here – USA Travel Advice
Guaranteed Race Entry
We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023. You can buy the entry at an additional cost if you also buy the accommodation package with us. Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell to residents of USA.
Race & Safety Rules
Minimum Age for Event Participation
The minimum age to participate in the marathon is 16 years. If aged 16 or 17 years parental consent is required.
Official Time Limit
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a time limit of 6 hours 30 minutes
Starting Pens and Bib Numbers
Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.
Closer to the event we will send you a link which will allow you to complete the registration process for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023. Once you have finalised the registration process, the race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information provided.
Abbott Chicago 5K – Book with chicago5K.com
The Abbott Chicago 5K takes place on Saturday October 7 and 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 on LaSalle St. near the Chicago Board of Trade. 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.
Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us for the Abbott Chicago 5K. Don’t miss your opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Chicago and celebrate running in a world-class city, on Saturday, October 7.
To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit chicago5K.com.