How to spectate the Chicago Marathon

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2017 lululemon Bank of America Chicago Marathon cheer station (photo from @lululemonchi)

The Chicago Marathon has the following information on their website and it’s super helpful so please pass this along to your friends and family!

Use Chicago’s convenient and affordable CTA rail system to cheer on your runner from start to finish at the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Find out your runner’s planned pace per mile to estimate when they will arrive at easy-to-reach locations along the course. Spectators are encouraged to move along the course throughout the event.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from Grant Park on race day. For the most up-to-date travel information and to learn how to use the CTA bus and rail system visit transitchicago.comOpens a Dialog.

CTA “El” stations and nearby course locations

Grand Red Line Station – Miles 1, 3 and 12.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Avenue (mile 1). Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street (mile 3) and four blocks west to Wells Street (mile 12.5).

Monroe Red Line Station – Mile 2
Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe Street.

Chicago Red Line Station – Miles 3.5 and 12.25
Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Avenue. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street (mile 3.5) and four blocks west to Wells Street (mile 12.25).

Clark/Division Red Line Station – Miles 4 and 12
Board a Red Line train and exit at LaSalle Street (mile 4). Walk one block west to Wells Street (mile 12).

Sheridan Red Line Station – Mile 8
Board a Red Line train and exit at Sheridan. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Addison Red Line Station – Mile 8.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison Street. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Sedgwick Brown Line Station – Mile 11
Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick Street. Walk a half-block north to North Avenue.

Washington/Wells Brown, Pink or Orange Line Station – Mile 13.5
Board any Brown, Pink or Orange Line train and exit at Washington/Wells. Walk one block west on Washington to Franklin.

UIC-Halsted Blue Line Station – Miles 14.25 and 17
Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted Street exit or Morgan Street exit and walk two blocks north to Adams Street to view the runners at Mile 14.25 in Greektown. Or use the Halsted Street or Morgan Street exit and walk one block north to Jackson (mile 17).

18th Pink Line Station – Mile 19.25
Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th Street. Walk four blocks east to Loomis Street.

Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station – Mile 21.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Cermak-Chinatown.

Sox-35th Red Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25
Board a Red Line train and exit at Sox-35th. Use the 33rdStreet exit (mile 23) or walk two blocks east on 35th Street to State Street (mile 23.25).

35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25
Board a Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd Street exit (mile 23) or 35th Street exit (mile 23.25).

Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station – Mile 25
Board a Green Line train and exit at Cermak-McCormick Place. Walk two blocks east to Michigan Avenue.

Roosevelt (Red, Green and Orange Line) Station – Finish line
Board a Red, Green or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Road. Walk east on Roosevelt Road toward the Museum Campus/Grant Park.

Chicago Marathon Website

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