Chicago Marathon Package
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 4 nights package.
Thursday 5 October, 2023 > Arrival Day
Make your way to Chicago and on arrival check in to your hotel. Hotel rooms are usually ready after 4pm; if you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and explore the city and surrounds. Marathon Tours & Travel team will be available in your hotel today to meet and answer any questions you might have.
We are staying at the at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown. Ideally situated on the South Loop of downtown Chicago, our hotel is just one block from the CIBC Theatre, located near Millennium Park, Willis Tower and only 15 minutes’ walk to Grant Park (race start and finish area).
Friday 6 October, 2023 > Marathon Expo & Sightseeing Easy 5km Leg Stretcher Run
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 opportunities, morning & afternoon 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 the 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 7 October, 2023 > 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 chicago5K.com. Race bib collection If you didn’t collect your 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 8 October, 2023 > Chicago Marathon & Celebrations
This is the day you have trained so hard for! The race start area is an easy 15 minutes’ 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 9 October, 2023 > 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.