FREE Spectator Guide & Info for 2017 Chicago Marathon Oct 8th (along with Street Traffic Closures map)

One of Chicago’s best events every year is the free Bank of America 2017 Chicago Marathon, coming up this Sunday on October 8th. Whether you’re running it yourself, or cheering on a friend, it’s a fantastic way to get to know the city a little better. The free Marathon route goes through many of Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods so come on out and watch 45,000 runners tackle the legendary Chicago Marathon 26.2-mile course.  Whether you are planning to support a specific runner or looking to cheer on the masses, we have all the information you need to prepare for race day viewing along the course or from home.

Spectator viewing areas
Spectator guide
Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS
Runner tracking
Information presented by Molex
Broadcast information
Spectator viewing areas by CTA trains
Expected participant arrival times

Spectator viewing areas

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


We recommend 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 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.  Please note, any items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.


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.

Spectator guide

As the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. As you prepare to cheer on your runner make sure to take advantage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide. With a detailed course map, spectator viewing areas by CTA trains, Chicago neighborhood details and more helpful information, the Chicago Marathon spectator guide will help you get the most out of your spectator experience.

Download the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spectator guide(.pdf)*

Bank of America Chicago Marathon App, Powered by TCS

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon app, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services is the perfect resource to prepare for the 40th anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running or spectating, the free mobile app includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for a great race week experience.

The 2017 mobile app features live race day runner tracking, schedule of events, real time weather, an interactive course map, marathon store, official Nike+ Run Club training program, event photos and much more!  Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Download on the App Store Google Play

Runner tracking

Track your runners with the Bank of America App,
Powered by Tata Consultancy Services
Track your runners on race day using the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile App, Powered by Tata Consultancy Services. The App offers advanced runner tracking with an interactive map and predicted splits for up to 20 runners. To sign up visit the Tracking & results section of the App and search for your favorite runners. Download the 2017 mobile app today through App and Google Playstores.

Live race day results
View live results on race day! The mobile-friendly Results page allows spectators to view the 2017 race leaderboard and to follow friends and family by getting real-time updates and splits every 5K.


The course: Start and finish lines are in Grant Park. Spectators can watch at cheering zones set up at North Avenue and Sedgwick Street; Adams and Franklin Streets; 33rd Street and Wentworth Avenue; and Michigan Avenue at Cermak Road and Roosevelt Road.




The 40th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is just around the corner. On Sunday, October 8, 2017, more than 40,000 runners will be racing through the streets of Chicago, as they make their way to the finish line of one of the premier running events in the world. We encourage you to become part of this city wide event and join the spectators from around the world in cheering on the runners. Please use this guide to inform residents, staff and guests of your business or organization on how to best navigate the city on race day, and how to enjoy one of the city’s premier events.





Parking and Street Closures

No parking zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 8. Please look for no parking signs in your area for full details. 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. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through (at a 15-minute mile pace). The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets, they will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety. Please follow their instructions when approaching streets on the course. Do NOT attempt to block the race course at any time.

2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon street closure brochure (.pdf)
2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course flyer (.pdf)
2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon course flyer – Spanish (.pdf)


Race start times

7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
7:21 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


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 Addison St., west to Damen Ave. and south to 35th St.


Towed Vehicle Information

The towing of vehicles along the course and other posted No Parking zones will be enforced beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 8. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto-pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 312.744.4444.


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.




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