The Chicago Marathon, hosted by Bank of America, takes over the city every fall. The marathon is 26.2 miles long and covers 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Tons of streets are closed off for the event and parking is more confusing and challenging than usual.
Traveling to the Chicago Marathon
Location: 337 E. Randolph Street (Grant Park). The marathon begins and ends in Grant Park.
Public Transportation: The marathon website suggests taking public transportation to the marathon, given that traffic will be congested and parking will be limited. Your public transportation options include:
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): The CTA has multiple stops throughout the city. Use the CTA’s Trip Planner to map out your trip to the marathon.
- Metra: On the weekend of the marathon, the Metra will run additional trains.
- South Shore Line: The South Shore Line, which runs from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago with stops along the way, offers affordable tickets and has convenient parking at each stop.
- Go Airport Express: For only $20, Go Airport Express is offering shuttles to the marathon from Chicago airports. Click on the link for more information.
Parking: Parking during the Chicago marathon requires some planning beforehand. For starters, make sure to leave with plenty of time to spare, considering the heightened traffic congestion. You may also want to find and reserve parking in advance to ensure you’ll have a spot to park in at all.
Best Bets for Chicago Marathon Parking
|Millennium Lakeside Garage||Garage||.3 Miles||Book Now|
|Grant Park North Garage||Garage||.2 Miles||Book Now|
|Seven Lions Valet||Valet||.2 Miles||Book Now|
|55 E. Monroe St.||Garage||.2 Miles||Book Now|
|124 S. Wabash Ave.||Garage||.2 Miles||Book Now|
|Adams & Wabash Garage||Garage||.3 Miles||Book Now|
|60 E. Randolph St.||Valet Garage||.3 Miles||Book Now|
|Prudential Plaza Garage||Garage||.4 Miles||Book Now|
|33 W. Monroe St.||Garage||.3 Miles||Book Now|
|Wabash-Randolph Garage||Garage||.4 Miles||Book Now|
Chicago Marathon Resources
Bank of America Chicago Marathon: The official Chicago Marathon website is loaded with useful information, like how to sign up, answers frequently asked questions, and provides specific details for each year’s event.
Chicago Marathon Spectators’ Guide: This blog post maps out the best places to catch the action, as well as some helpful parking information.
Chicago Tribune Marathon Coverage: Check out the Tribune’s coverage for up-to-day Chicago Marathon news.
SpotHero: Find and reserve affordable, convenient parking with parking reservation service SpotHero.