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2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTEAM PAWS Chicago activities at the Congress Hotel are in red, Marathon activities are in black
5:30     Grant Park opens to runners & Chicago Marathon Gear check opens
            Corrals Open
5:45     TEAM PAWS Chicago Congress Race Day Party Opens, Congress Hotel Gear Check opens       
6:30     Wave #1 Runners Photo, Gold Room
6:35     Entire TEAM PAWS Chicago Runners Photo, Gold Room
6:40     The Team will march Wave #1 runners to the start line together (will have a sign)
7:10     Wave #2 Runners Photo, Gold Room
7:15     The Team will march Wave #2 runners to the start line together (will have a sign)

7:20     Wave 1 (Red) start corrals close
7:20     Wheelchair
7:21     Marathon Handcycle
7:23     Athletes with Disabilities
7:30     Wave #1 (Elite, American Development, Corrals A-E)
Please note, there is not a charity corral
7:35     Wave #3 Runners Photo, Gold Room
7:40     The Team will march Wave #3 runners to the start line together (will have a sign)

7:45     Wave 2 (Blue) start corrals close
8:00     Wave #2 Start, Corrals F-G-H
8:10     Wave #3 (Orange) start corrals close
8:35     Wave #3 Start, Corrals J-K-L (NOTE, there is no “I” corral)
9:30     Spectator Access to Grant Park
10:00   Post race stretching available (15 min slots, first-come, first-served) and DJ D Jones begins spinning
11:00   Assorted lunch available including, sandwiches, pizza, chips, coffee, soft drinks, Gatorade
and Lagunitas Beer
12:00   Reserved post race stretching slots begin (15 min slots, until 4:15)

3:30     Grant Park gear check closes
4:00     Gear Check at the Congress Hotel closes
4:30     Congress Hotel event space will close (we must be out by 5pm)

Approximately 15,000 debut runners (45,000 total runners) are expected in this year’s race. Plan to arrive early in anticipation of long lines and large crowds.
Please plan to arrive at the Congress Hotel between 6:00-6:30AM. We will march to the start line at 6:40AM (wave 1); 7:15AM (wave 2), and 7:35AM (wave 3).

Packet pick-up at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo

McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616
            Lakeside Center, Hall D

  • Friday, October 6th: 9:00AM- 8:00PM
  • Saturday, October 7th: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Updated Information Abbott Health & Fitness Expo transportation
Free shuttle bus service to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be provided to and from the following four locations:
Downtown: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue (8th Street entrance)
River North: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, Rush Street entrance at Ohio (Southwest corner)
Michigan avenue: Nike Chicago, 669 N. Michigan Avenue, behind the store to the east on St. Clair Street at Erie Street
Millennium Park: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, upper Wacker Drive at Stetson Avenue
Shuttles will operate every 15 – 20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The final pick-up time from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
TEAM PAWS BOOTH #778 (By the T-Shirt Exchange area)
Stop by our booth to get any last minute questions answered, say hello and:
  • Receive your:
    • 2017 TEAM PAWS Chicago Gift, Navy Cinch Sack
    • TEAM PAWS Chicago Fan Club shirts (Max. 3 per runner, sizes on a first-come, first-served basis)
    • Cheer packet for your Fan Club
    • TEAM PAWS Chicago paw print temporary tattoos
    • 9 Lives Singlet (for those raising $3,000 or more)
    • TEAM PAWS Chicago ribbons
  • TEAM PAWS Chicago merchandise for sale.
  • Pick up pre-purchased wristbands for friends & family for entry to the race party at the Congress Hotel (purchase wristbands if still available)
  • Confirm fundraising for bib pulls
EXPO MAP, Team PAWS Chicago Booth, 778

  • In order to participate in the marathon, you must attend the expo to pick up your packet that will include your race bib. All packets and bags must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. Packets and bags are not available for pick-up the day of the event.
  • Participants must present their packet pick-up ticket or email along with a photo ID in order to receive their participant packet and participant bag.
  •  Your race packet will not be at our TEAM PAWS Chicago booth—you must pick this up from the Chicago Marathon staff.
    • Race bib = runner number, unique to you, that you pin to your outer most layer, (singlet).
    • Race bibs will include the MYLAPS Bib Tag, timing device on the back of the bib. Do not bend, fold or remove the timing device. This is what will track and record your race time.
      • The timing device will track your time, but does not provide GPS tracking on the course.
    • Bibs must be worn on the front of clothing, on the outer most layer in order to work properly, and be visible to race officials.
    • Bibs must be pinned in all four corners.
    • Please enter emergency contact information on the back of the bib. If you do not have any spectators coming, please use TEAM PAWS Chicago STAFF.        
    • After you pick up your packet, you will head down a hall to receive your commemorative t-shirt from the race.
    • IMPORTANT: Clear Bags will be provided for Bank of America’s Race Gear Check only
    • If you plan to utilize the TEAM PAWS Chicago Congress Hotel gear check on Race day (which we highly encourage you to do) you will be able to bring any kind of baggage, identified with your name and race number on it, to check in. Only if you plan to check your gear with the Bank of America Race’s General Gear Check in Grant Park will you need to adhere to the clear plastic bag rule.
If you think you may be running late and will not make it to the TEAM PAWS Chicago Congress Hotel event, please use the clear bag that was provided as a precaution as the Grant Park security will not allow other bags in this space.
  • Packets must be picked up by the registered runner in person at the expo, NOT friends or family. No exceptions. You must provide your 8-digit registration ID code from your Marathon registration confirmation email, your BIB # located on the back of your mailed/emailed participant guide and a photo ID.
  • TEAM PAWS Chicago Staff will not be permitted to pick up any bibs for runners.
  • There will be no day of packet pick up at the race or TEAM PAWS Chicago pre-race party.


Have a question about the race?

Most of the information you need to know about the event is available at The event website and the Frequently asked questions page are continually updated as new information becomes available.

After checking the website, if you still have a question about the event, please contact the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office at 312.904.9800 during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., U.S. Central Time) or email

No refunds, transfers or donations of race entries

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon maintains a no refund, transfer or donation policy for all race entries. The sale or transfer of entries, bib numbers or start corral assignments is strictly prohibited as online transaction confirmation numbers, registration confirmation ID?s and event bib numbers all serve as specific personal identifiers to ensure the safety and authenticity of our participants, results and the operation of the event. Please click here to read the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Event rules.