Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Team Homes for Our Troops celebrates our inaugural year in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
All charity entries have been filled, but we welcome all runners who have already secured registration via the lottery, time qualifiers, and legacy runners
All Team HFOT charity runners must raise a minimum of $1,200.
All pre-registered runners (lottery, time qualifiers, legacy runners) must raise a minimum of $500.
All Team HFOT members receive:
- Custom team jersey
- Fundraising web page that you can personalize and manage
- Personalized support & technical help
- Fundraising Toolkit & HFOT promotional material
- Team goody bag
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Quicklinks:
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors offering
Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology.
Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of Participant Packet Pick-Up for all 45,000 Chicago Marathon participants (see below). Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.
McCormick Place Convention Center
*2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
*For driving/parking/public transportation purposes, use the following address: 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. This address will get you to the appropriate area of McCormick Place for parking options and for attending the Health & Fitness Expo. McCormick Place’s listed mailing address is 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., but that address is not useful for parking or GPS guidance devices.
Race Packet Pick-Up
Packet pick-up includes:
- Bib number and safety pins
- Gear check tag and fastener
- Timing device
- Nike participant running shirt
- Participant bag
Packet pick-up is located at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. All packets must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. Packets are not available for pick up the day of the event and packets will not be mailed to participants. Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID in order to receive their participant packet and participant bag. You must pick up your own participant packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will not be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a list of hotels that are offering discounted rooms. Click here to see which hotels are available and to make your reservations.
Homes for Our Troops provides each runner with two free Team HFOT Cheering Brigade t-shirts for your fans to wear on race day! These are neon yellow shirts that will help you spot your friends and family along the route, and let other spectators know who they are cheering for.
The 27th Mile Post-Race Party/runner reunite area of Grant Park (Butler Field) will open to spectators at 9 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screening at Gate #1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Gate #2 (Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue).
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
After the race, spectators should plan to meet their runners at the runner reunite area in Butler Field, located north of Jackson Drive, between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
As in years past, general spectators will not have access to the race start and finish areas within Grant Park on race day. These areas will only be accessible to participants displaying their event-issued bib numbers, event staff with proper credentials, and ticketed guests (where applicable). 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.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon recommends that spectators support runners from elsewhere on the course, and meet runners after the race at the designated runner reunite area at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park.
Please visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Transportation page to learn about the best ways to get to Chicago for the event and around the city during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Cara Yanosick email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Office: 508-823-3300, ext. 229 M-F 9am - 5pm