Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024

13 October 2024
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Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known worldwide as a thrilling world-class race. One of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, it’s a great choice if you want to chase after a personal record or simply finish your first marathon. Demand for places is high but as an official tour operator for this event you do not need to wait or worry about the lottery process, instead we can guarantee your place on a first come first served basis. We encourage entrants to reserve their place now via pre-registration, allowing you to concentrate on your training and preparations.

Marathon Tours & Travel offer packages starting from 3-nights staying at deluxe accommodation, located within the course limits and the heart of the city centre. Perfectly curated packages cater for runners and supporters alike. As part of our expertly created packages, we include invitations for you to take part in activities such as a welcome reception, escorted race number pick up, warm-up runs, pre-race dinner, post-race celebrations and the Marathon Tours & Travel team on hand for guidance and support to help make your trip a fun, enjoyable and successful time.

You too can experience how it feels to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and earn a star with the Abbott World Marathon Majors with Marathon Tours & Travel’s help!

Unfortunately, we cannot sell race entry to full-time residents of the USA.

Please note the sale of race entry only is not permitted. Packages can be sold with or without race entry. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Pre-race pasta dinner included



Welcome meet and greet included



Our team will be on hand to direct you to the race start

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Trip extension available upon request



Excellent 4* hotel close to the marathon start/finish



Guaranteed Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Entry Included

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Post-race celebration get together included



Expo and orientation run with sightseeing

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Chicago Marathon Package/3 Nights/11th October - 14th October 2024

      Friday 11th October, 2024
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      This is our projected itinerary. As soon as the packages for 2024 are finalised we will update.

      Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the following itinerary. The itinerary below reflects the 3 nights package. Adding extra nights is recommended allows you the time to enjoy the city.


      Welcome to Chicago! Marathon Expo & Welcome Reception

      Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in Chicago today. Hotel rooms are usually ready after 4 p.m.; if you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and explore the city and surrounds.

      Today is the best day to visit the Marathon Expo and collect your race pack. The Abbott Health & Fitness Expo is held at McCormick Place Convention Centre. Entry is free and open to the public. There is plenty to see and do so we suggest you allow time to collect your race documents, shop from the many exhibitors, listen to the experts and enjoy the pre-race vibe. There will be of opportunities to meet with your Marathon Tours & Travel team at the hotel to travel together to the Marathon Expo. For those who prefer to visit the expo independently, detailed directions will be provided in your final itinerary.

      Early evening, we invite you to join your Marathon Tours & Travel team for an easy run to stretch your legs. The route is not expected to be longer than 5km and will pass alongside the river and lakefront, and through Grant Park. Supporters are very welcome to join too.

      Saturday 12th October, 2024
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      Preparation Day & Dinner

      There is an organised race that takes place which you can choose to take part in. To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit If you didn’t collect your race bib yesterday, please do so today. There is no possibility of bib collection on race day. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy Chicago at your leisure. This evening join Marathon Tours & Travel and your fellow runners for a pre-race pasta dinner.

      Sunday 13th October, 2024
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      Chicago Marathon & Celebrations

      This is the day you have trained so hard for! The race start area is an easy  walk from our hotel. The Marathon Tours & Travel staff will be available to assist you with directions to the start or to join you if you wish.

      Family and friends can travel by public transport or on foot to support and spectate along the race route or join our team at a cheer point on the marathon route. The Marathon Tours & Travel team will be happy to advise.

      After the race make your way back to the hotel, freshen up, relax and gaze at your lovely new shiny medal… You worked hard for it!

      This evening meet your Marathon Tours & Travel team, fellow runners and supporters to celebrate your achievement! More details will be given on the final itinerary.

      Monday 14th October, 2024
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      Departure Day

      Unless you have booked extra nights with us, enjoy a leisurely morning, check out of your room this morning and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours & Travel trip.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Guaranteed Bank of America Chicago Marathon Entry 

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the 2024 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us.

      *Note: we are unable to sell race entries to residents of the United States* US residents, who are members of our Seven Continents Club® can book directly with our US office.


      Marathon Tours & Travel Chicago Marathon Package Includes:

      • Three nights hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown
      • All hotel taxes
      • Guaranteed race entry (Runners Only)
      • Welcome Reception on Friday evening
      • Shake-out run on Saturday morning 
      • Escorted trip to the Expo on Saturday morning
      • Pre-race dinner on Saturday evening 
      • Escorted walk to the start area (less than one mile from the hotel!)
      • Post-race celebration on Sunday evening
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel staff at the hotel

      All prices are in AUD




      2 People in Room (1 Bed)



      2 People in Room (2 Beds)



      1 Person in Room (1 Bed)


  • Hotels

    • Renaissance Chicago Downtown - TBC for 2024

      Renaissance Chicago is a stunning 4* hotel located just 15/20 minutes walk from the marathon start/finish area in Grant Park. It is the perfect fit for those looking for a comfortable and worry-free trip.

      Located steps from the Theatre District, the award-winning hotel will enthral you from the moment you arrive until the day you say your goodbyes, with thoughtful amenities and world-class service. From the rooftop bar or 2nd floor lounge you can relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Chicago River and skyline.

      With the following dining options, you’ll never have to leave:
      VIP R Lounge
      Artist Studio
      Coffee Bar and Library

      All guest rooms boast private bathroom and contemporary amenities, including flat-screen TV, spacious work desks and luxurious beds.

      WiFi is available at a reduced rate of $1 per day per room (discounted from $14.95 per day for our guests). Payable to the hotel directly during your stay.

      Room Types

      Twin rooms feature 2 comfortable queen size beds

      Double rooms feature 1 king size bed

      Triple rooms feature 2 queen size beds

      1 West Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: Sunday, October 13, 2024

      Race Time:  The first wave begins at 7:30 AM.

      Minimum Pace/Cut-Off Time Policy: The event has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The official end vehicle will start following the last starter and maintain a 15-minute per mile pace along the race course. Chicago Marathon Website

      Course: Flat and fast, the start and finish is in Grant Park. The looped-course through the city offers numerous opportunities for spectators to catch the action.

      Temperature: The Windy City can be just that or it could be a chamber of commerce perfect day. Expect anything and everything from temperatures in the low 40’s Fahrenheit at the start to upper 70s at the finish. The average high and low is 64 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit in October.

      Guaranteed Entry: Canadian citizens and Seven Continents Club® (SCC) Members are eligible for a guaranteed entry with Marathon Tours & Travel.

      Number Pickup: Each runner is responsible for picking up their own race bib and packet at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place (2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago) from Thursday October 10 through Saturday, October 12.  Find details here.

      Difficulty: Easy. This is a flat and fast course.

  • Registration & Booking

    • How to Book

      To make your booking, click on the red button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

      Please note:

      Runners from all nationalities may purchase race entry in addition to the accommodation package except residents of USA.

      If you reside in Australia please contact our Australian office.

      If you reside in North America please contact our USA office.


      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.

      Travel Advice

      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for USA’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here – USA Travel Advice


      We strongly recommend travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover, including cover for existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do.

      Guaranteed Race Entry

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023. You can buy the entry at an additional cost if you also buy the accommodation package with us. Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell to residents of USA.

      Race & Safety Rules

      All race rules and safety rules need to be followed.

      Minimum Age for Event Participation

      The minimum age to participate in the marathon is 16 years. If aged 16 or 17 years parental consent is required.

      Official Time Limit

      The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has a time limit of 6 hours 30 minutes

      Starting Pens and Bib Numbers

      Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.

      Closer to the event we will send you a link which will allow you to complete the registration process for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023. Once you have finalised the registration process, the race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information provided.

      Abbott Chicago 5K – Book with

      The Abbott Chicago 5K takes place on Saturday October 7 and is the perfect way for marathoners, fans of the sport and friends and family to experience Chicago and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend. The 3.1-mile course previews a section of the Chicago Marathon as it weaves past iconic downtown landmarks. The race kicks off in Grant Park and finishes on LaSalle St. near the Chicago Board of Trade. In recognition of each runner’s participation on race day, the event will make a two-dollar donation to the American Diabetes Association for every participant who crosses the finish line.

      Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us for the Abbott Chicago 5K. Don’t miss your opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Chicago and celebrate running in a world-class city, on Saturday, October 7.

      To register for and learn more about the Abbott Chicago 5K visit

  • Abbott World Marathon Majors Age Group Qualifying Race

    • This event is an Abbott World Marathon Majors Marathon Tours & Travel Age Group World Championship Qualifying Race. If you achieve the automatic qualifying time for your age group, found here, you’ll be invited to the 2025 Age Group World Championship race (destination still to be announced). For more information on the Age Group World Rankings and Championship click here.