Whether you’re ready to race or just joining the cheering committee, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take to the streets of downtown, the lakefront, and several neighborhoods Sunday morning (Oct. 7).
Celebrating its 41st year, this iconic running event is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, and is one of the five World Marathon Majors. Watch great marathon champions with the stunning Chicago skyline in full view.
If you have a runner in the race, use the course map to figure out where you will watch the race. If you’re aiming to hit multiple spots along the route, map out which mile marker your runner will be at during particular times, based on their planned pace. Visit chicagomarathon.com to keep tabs on your runner.
Take the El to get to the start and finish line, as well as various mile markers near train stations throughout downtown and the neighborhoods. With 26.2 miles spread out across the city, there’s no reason to stay just within the Loop. Cheer on with the locals in the communities of Pilsen and Chinatown, where upbeat mariachi music and colorful lion dancers entertain the crowds. Boystown is a ton of fun, too.