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Chicago Marathon guide

Gear up for the Chicago Marathon with course information, photos and tips on running and watching

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Autumn in Chicago is packed with things to do, but there’s always room in our busy lives for the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, returning for its 37th year Sunday, October 11. Nearly two million spectators flock to the 26.2-mile route annually, cheering on participants with some of the most creative handmade signs as runners race toward the finish line in Grant Park. While this October offers up tons of things to see in Chicago, this is an event you won't want to miss. Check out our guide to everything from spectating to carbo-loading, plus how to gear up and what runners need to know.

2015 photos

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Chicago Marathon 2015 photos from around the course

Highlights of the race from starting corral to finish line, through every stage and neighborhood 

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Starting and finishing at the 2015 Chicago Marathon

Check out the highlights from starting corral and finish lines at the 2015 Chicago Marathon

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Chicago Marathon 2015 funniest spectator signs

We captured the funniest signs at the 2015 Chicago Marathon 

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Chicago Marathon info

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Photos from every stage of the Marathon

From Lincoln Park to Chinatown, we checked in with runners all over the course

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Restaurants

Chicago Marathon 2015 restaurant specials

Where to get the best marathon deal to carbo-load before the big race

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Shopping

The best new running products

We're here to further your habit for the sport with great gear

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Shopping

Chicago's best running shops

You'll find all of the best shoes, apparel and accessories you need at these shops

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Marathon survival tips

26.2 miles of pavement pounding is a punishing ordeal

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Marathon spotting

Find your friend among the 40,000 runners

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2014 photos

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2014: Best costumes

You never know who might run by

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2014: Funniest signs

Here's what kept us laughing

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2014: Starting line

Only 26 miles to go!

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2014: Photo finish

Athletes cross the finish line

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2013 photos

2013: Best spectator signs

The funniest signs along the marathon's route

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2013: Chinatown photos

Dragon dancers greeted runners

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2013: Starting line photos

On your mark, get set, go!

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2013: Boystown photos

The first third of the race rolls through the North Side

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2012 photos

2012: Starting line photos

See the start of the 2012 marathon

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2012: Elite finishers photos

The top dogs breaking the tape

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2012: Finish line photos

Exhaustion and triumph at the end

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2012: Spectator sign photos

"Don't Poop Your Pants" and more 2012 slogans

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Archive of Chicago Marathon Coverage

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Chicago marathon gear

Check out these old favorites

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Running terminology 101

What's a gel? What's PR stand for?

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Restaurants

Chicago Marathon 2014 restaurant specials

You're going to want to eat a lot of pasta before the big run

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Comments

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john f
john f

Marathon runners are the most self-absorbed, self-centered, selfish assholes in the world!!  What a waste of fucking time to train and run a fucking marathon....and then talk about how great you are!!!!  My fat, ugly wife just ran her 2nd marathon and I was hoping that she would die from the heat!!!  But the BITCH made it.  It took her over 6 hours to run this shitty race and she still got a medal!!!  She walks around the house proudly displaying this cheap piece of shit that they gave her and it's the only thing her sorry ass has ever done....what a sad life!!!  That is why I hate her so much!!  She spent over 300 hours on this stupid race and totally abandoned her family and everything else during this time.  The amazing thing is that after all that training and running 2 of these fuckass races, she is still fat, smelly and ugly!!  and now she has red burn marks across her breasts and fat stomach from all the flab flapping against each other.  And her feet are totally disgusting with black toes and now she has all of these fucking varicose veins running up and down her legs......how attractive!!  They say running is good for you but she looks a thousand times worse than what she did before she started!!!!  I feel like throwing up every time I look at her!!!!  So my message to all you runners....go FUCK YOURSELVES!!  and I hope all of you rot in hell.  Email me your comments as I don;t have time to come back to this crappy website.  My email is johnfasb@vfemail.net