Chicago Hotel Only

October 13, 2024
  • 5k
  • Marathon

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The Chicago Marathon is known worldwide for its fast, flat course and its thrilling world-class athlete competition. Marathon Tours & Travel offers low rates at properties located less than one mile from the start/finish area in Grant park.

One of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, the Chicago Marathon is a great choice if you want to chase after a personal record or simply finish your first marathon. Packed with spectators, the scenic course will take you past many historic landmarks and through numerous diverse neighborhoods including colorful Old Town, Little Italy and Chinatown.

Come for the run but take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer. Many of the city’s attractions are conveniently located within walking distance of one another including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry located at Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus. Visit Navy Pier, stroll (or run) along the pedestrian pathway that stretches for miles along Lake Michigan and shop the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue.

The Chicago Marathon is an AbbottWMM Marathon Tours & Travel World Age Group Qualifying Race.



Excellent 4* hotel close to the marathon start/finish

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Chicago Marathon - Hotel Only/2 Nights Min./October 11 - 13, 2024

      Friday, October 11
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      Today you will want to pick-up your bib and race packet at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place during posted hours. We welcome you to stop by the Marathon Tours & Travel booth!

      Saturday, October 12
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      Join your running peers at the International Chicago 5 KM! You must register directly with the race for this event. Visit the International Chicago 5 KM website for more details. Today is also your last chance to pick-up your bib and race packet at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo at the McCormick Place during posted hours. We welcome you to stop by the Marathon Tours & Travel booth!

      Sunday, October 13
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      Race Day!

      Following is a schedule provided by the race. We encourage you to check the Chicago Marathon website for last minute updates. The start and the finish of the race is at Grant Park.

      5:30 AM – Gear check opens
      5:30 AM – Start corrals open
      7:20 AM – Wheelchair Start
      7:21 AM – Handcycle Start
      7:23 AM – Athletes with Disabilities Start
      7:30 AM – Wave 1 Start
      8:00 AM – Wave 2 Start
      8:35 AM – Wave 3 Start

      Be sure to join the Chicago Marathon Biofreeze 27th Mile Post-Race Party at Grant Park, Butler Field from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM! (times are subject to change)

  • Hotels

    • The Blackstone

      The Blackstone is located next to Grant Park within the downtown Chicago Loop offering luxury accommodations. Celebrities such as Katherine Hepburn, Al Capone and numerous US Presidents have been swayed by the allure of the Blackstone since 1910. The Chicago hotel is housed in an elegantly restored French Beaux-Arts structure, giving an air of grandeur to each of its 332 lavish hotel rooms and suites situated near the Field Museum, McCormick Place, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and the United Center. The Blackstone is only .5 miles from the marathon finish.

      JW Marriott

      JW Marriott is the only true luxury hotel in The Loop, located just 0.7 miles from the finish. Throughout the landmark downtown Chicago hotel, you’ll discover touches of elegance, such as the magnificent lobby, stunning chandeliers and inviting seating areas. Each spacious room within the JW Marriott provides a peaceful oasis for relaxing. Enjoy delicious dining in the renowned restaurant, Florentine, or join other runners for cocktails in the lobby lounge. Enhance your stay with the Executive Level, which allows access to complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • 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.

      Non-Guaranteed Entry Application: Runners were encouraged to apply for a 2024 Chicago Marathon entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing application process. (Closed as of November 16, 2023) We also have guaranteed entries with our 3-Night Package. Details available HERE. If you are interested in an entry with a charity partner, please visit the Chicago Marathon website.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Hotel Cancellation Policy (Strictly Enforced): 

      • Any cancellation from the time of booking through April 30, 2024 will be charged a $30 cancellation fee.
      • Any cancellation from May 1, 2024 and through July 31, 2023 will be charged a $40 cancellation fee.
      • Any cancellation from August 1, 2024 and through August 31, 2024 will be charged a $60 cancellation fee.
      • Any cancellation on or after September 1, 2024 and through seven (7) days prior to your arrival date of your hotel reservation will be charged a one nights’ room and tax cancellation fee.
      • Seven (7) days or less prior to your arrival date, you will be charged the room and taxes for the total nights of your reservation. For example, if you booked three nights and canceled five days before you were to arrive, MTT will charge your credit card on file for the three room nights plus tax.
      • NO SHOWS will be charged the full room and taxes for total dates of the reservation, unless the hotel has a different policy.
      • Cancellations are charged per room reserved. Applicable charges will be applied directly to the credit card provided for your hotel room(s).

      Security Policy:

      Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must have their name on the hotel booking. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest the registered guest’s reservation will be forfeited, payment will be due in full and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

  • Testimonials

    • "I just wanted to thank you..." - 2023

      I just wanted to thank you for all you did to set up the extra hotel for Chicago – it was OUTSTANDING!  Definitely keep the JW Marriott on your list for next year, it was extremely comfortable, quiet, and luxurious.  Thank you for you all of your help

      "First of all I wanted to thank you and Marathon Tours & Travel..." - 2021

      First of all I wanted to thank you and Marathon Tours & Travel for the Chicago Marathon. Everything went very well, the perfect hotel, well located and very nice. Your management was excellent from the hotel to the registration for the marathon. So thank you very much. I am really very happy and very grateful.

      "I just want to write a note to THANK YOU!" - 2021

      I just want to write a note to THANK YOU! For helping me register to the Chicago Marathon. It was my first and LOVED IT! Looking forward to continue my 7 continent journey with your team.

      "The Blackstone is a LOVELY hotel..." - 2018

      The Blackstone is a LOVELY hotel, and with its extremely easy access to the start and finish lines, it is by far the best venue I have ever had for a marathon.

      "Such a beautiful hotel..." - 2017

      Such a beautiful hotel – perfect for the start of the race as well as finishing right there as well!!

      "I enjoyed this hotel..." - 2017

      I enjoyed this hotel and I felt that it was close enough to everything that I wanted to see including the start line of the race.

      "Chicago is a lovely city..." - 2015

      Chicago is a lovely city and the general atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The crowd support throughout the marathon was fantastic and the volunteers did a great job. It was well organized and went smoothly even before marathon day – the bib packet pickup in particular.

      "Thanks for your help with the hotel accommodation..." - 2015

      Thanks for your help with the hotel accommodation in Chicago. You made the marathon possible. My hotel stay at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown was very comfortable and all went well!

      "Just wanted to say thank you for all your help..." - 2014

      Just wanted to say thank you for all your help with the arrangements for the marathon. It was great. And the Blackstone was perfect. Best location I have ever had. Thank you for making sure I could stay there. I am hopeful to do it again next year.

      "Just wanted to say “Thank You” for all your help..." - 2014

      Just wanted to say “Thank You” for all your help in making my Chicago Marathon experience a memorable one.

      It was a great experience and something that I will always remember.

      Will definitely consider and recommend Marathon Tours for future marathon events!

  • Abbott World Marathon Majors Age Group World Championship

    • 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

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Meet the Reps

Allyson Johnson

Senior Trip Designer | Hotel Manager

Allyson Johnson

Senior Trip Designer | Hotel Manager

Allyson joined the Marathon Tours team over five years ago after enjoying a successful start to her career in the hotel industry. As a Group Sales Manager at The Langham, Boston, Allyson learned about Marathon Tours and their role with the Boston Marathon. Allyson now manages our hotel partnerships around the world by delivering exceptional value and service related to the lodging we offer our clients. While assisting with hotels for many of our international trips, Allyson also manages Boston, Chicago, New York, and our Sydney hotel program.

During her time at Endicott College, Allyson studied abroad in Florence, Italy and fell in love with travel and Italian cooking. She travels as often as she can with her family, and enjoys hiking, cooking, and being active outside.