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Chicago Marathon Parking: Your 2021 Guide to Race Parking, Tips + More

Searching for Chicago Marathon parking? We’ve got you covered!

The 2021 Chicago Marathon is coming up on Sunday, October 10. After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Marathon is anticipating over 35,000 runners will run 26.2-miles through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.

Millions of spectators will line the streets of Chicago to cheer on the runners. Our advice? Get there early and plan ahead, especially if you want to find someone along the race route.

Check out our spectators’ guide for everything you need to know!

Chicago Marathon Parking

The Chicago Marathon recommends the Millenium Park Garages if you plan on showing up to the start and finish lines. The rates listed are for parking all day. These garages are a 3-minute walk to Grant Park.

Garage AddressMarathon Day RateReserve Online
Millennium Park Garage$7.75Book Now
Grant Park South Garage$8.50Book Now
Millennium Lakeside Garage$9.50Book Now
Grant Park North Garage$12.50Book Now

If you’re looking for Chicago Marathon parking, use SpotHero to reserve your spot in advance. Check out the Chicago Marathon parking page to compare locations and prices. You can also download the SpotHero app for iPhone or Android.

Read your parking pass for any street closures, which begin at 7:00 a.m. We’ll also include tips on the best garage entrance/exit.

Chicago Marathon Course Map

Download the 2021 Chicago Marathon Map and keep it handy on race day.

Download the Official Chicago Marathon App

Whether you’re running the race or cheering someone on, one of the first things you’ll want to do is download the official Chicago Marathon race app. You can track a runner’s progress, as well as view the schedule of events, real-time weather, and an interactive course map.

Use Waze to help you get the best route to your spot. Download their app for iPhone or Android.

Chicago Marathon Parking Restrictions & Street Closures

No Parking Zones along the course begin at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 10. For full details, check out the No Parking signs in your area. Street closures along the route will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The roads in Grant Park will be closed longer.

Click here for a PDF of details of street closures and openings

Top 5 Locations to See the Runners

General spectators will not have access to the start/finish area in Grant Park. But there are a number of locations along the route where you can see the runners up close. Here are the top six:

1. To see runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard. This is a great photo opp to catch your runner near the Chicago Theater sign on State Street.

Book parking near this location.

2. Visit the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Cheer Zone, located at the 8K mark. The 8K mile marker is the turnaround point at the intersection of Sheridan and Broadway.

Book parking near the 8K Cheer Zone.

3. Check out the Charity Block Party Cheer Zone at Mile 15. This Cheer Zone is located at Adams and Loomis near Whitney Young High School.

Book parking near the 15K Cheer Zone.

4. Join in the celebration at the finish line! The Bank of America Cheer Zone at Mile 26 is located near the finish line at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Book parking near the finish line.

5. After the race, plan to meet your runner at the runner reunite area in Butler Field, located north of Jackson Drive, between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive. Spectator access to Runner Reunite and the Post-Race Party in Grant Park opens at 9:30 a.m. on race day.

Book parking near this location.

Top 3 Locations to “Spot Hop”

Thanks to the Chicago Marathon course design, you can see the runners at two different points of the race. Here are the top 3 spots:

1. The Merchandise Mart: Mile 3 and Mile 13. Root for the runners as they hit the 3-mile marker at LaSalle and Kinzie. Then at Franklin and Lake, you can cheer them on at Mile 13. Book parking near this location.

2. LaSalle and Division: Mile 4 and Mile 12. See the runners in their first pass through Old Town on LaSalle at Mile 4 and again when they head south on Wells at Mile 12. Book parking near this location.

3. Jackson and Racine: Mile 15 and Mile 16. The runners head through the West Loop in the second half of the race. You can see them at Mile 15 near Adams and Racine and at Mile 16 near Jackson and Racine.

Watch Runners Near CTA Stops

Want to take the train on Race Day? Talk to your runners and find out their planned pace to estimate when they will arrive at particular locations on the course. Here are the CTA closest to different viewing areas.

Grand (Red Line) Station – Miles 1, 3, and 12.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Avenue. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street (Mile 3) and four blocks west to Wells Street (Mile 12.5).

Monroe (Red Line) Station – Mile 2
Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe St.

Chicago (Red Line) Station – Miles 3.5 and 12.25
Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Avenue. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street and four blocks west to Wells Street.

Addison (Red Line) Station – Mile 8.5
Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison Street. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

Sedgwick (Brown Line) Station – Mile 11
Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick Street. Walk a half-block north to North Avenue.

UIC-Halsted (Blue Line) Station – Miles 14.25, 17
Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted Street exit or Morgan Street exit. Walk two blocks north to Adams St. to view the runners at Mile 14.25 in Greektown or use the Halsted Street exit to Mile 17.

18th (Pink Line) Station – Mile 19.25
Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th Street. Walk four blocks east to Loomis St.

35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Red and Green Line) Station – Miles 23, 23.25
Board a Red or Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd Street or 35th Street exit.

Roosevelt (Red, Green, and Orange Line) Station – Mile 26
Board a Red, Green, or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Road. Walk east on Roosevelt Road toward the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Chicago Marathon Facts

When: Sunday, October 10
Where: Grant Park
Marathon Wheelchair Start (men): 7:20 a.m.
Marathon Wheelchair Start (women): 7:21 a.m.
Marathon Handcycle Start: 7:23 a.m.
Wave 1 Start (red): 7:30 a.m.
Wave 2 Start (blue): 8 a.m.
Wave 3 Start (orange): 8:35 a.m.
Spectator access to Grant Park begins: 9:30 a.m.

Good luck, runners!