Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Considered the 4th largest race in the world, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon celebrates it’s 40th year this October, with the race taking place on October 8th, 2017. The Chicago marathon is well-loved for the crowds of people it brings, with 1.7 million spectators along the route throughout 29 unique Chicago neighborhoods. Once called the “people’s race”, the marathon route takes runners through the city of Chicago, as far North as Addison Street near Wrigley Field, and as far south as 35th Street. Both the start and finish are in Chicago’s iconic Grant Park.

The first race was held on September 25, 1977 under the name Mayor Daley Marathon, and due to it’s mostly flat and fast course it is one of the fastest growing marathons in the world. Four world records have been broken in Chicago, with the most recent in 2013, with Dennis Kimetto finishing the 26.2 mile course in just 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 45 seconds. The Chicago Marathon is also a USATF certified course, and an excellent race for runners who wish to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Join us on October 8th this year at the Willows Hotel to watch some of the world’s best athletes around the 6th and 8th mile of the course, as the hotel is right in the midst of all the action.