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Everything you need to know about the 2018 Chicago Marathon

The 26.2-mile race brings energy, hilarious signs and world-class runners to Chicago

Written by
Time Out Chicago editors

Whether you're a runner who's been training for months or a spirited spectator, the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an event of epic proportions—literally. The 26.2-mile run winds through some of Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods, including Boystown, Old Town, River North, Pilsen, Chinatown and Bronzeville. The 41st annual race kicks off in Grant Park, with wave after wave of runners hitting the pavement, admiring the colorful foliage and reminding us that fall in Chicago has officially arrived. Lace up your sneakers (or make a colorful sign!) and check out our guide to the 2018 Chicago Marathon. 

When is the Chicago Marathon?

The Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 7, beginning at 7:20am and continuing through the afternoon. The 27th Mile Post-Race Party takes place in Grant Park's Butler Field from 9:30am to 4pm.

Where is the Chicago Marathon?

The Chicago Marathon begins and ends in Grant Park, but the course winds through the city's streets, passing through Chinatown, Pilsen, Lincoln Park and more Chicago neighborhoods along the way. Spectators are not allowed within the start and finish areas in Grant Park. Take a look at the complete route map here.

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