Event & Entry Information


event information


Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016; 8 a.m. start

Course: Flat and fast, the start and finish is in Grant Park. The looped-course through the city offers numerous opportunities for spectators to catch the action.

Weather: The Windy City can be just that or it could be a chamber of commerce perfect day. Expect anything and everything from temperatures in the low 40s F at the start to upper 70s at the finish. The average high and low is 64 and 46 degrees F in October.


The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has changed to a lottery drawing for runners looking to participate in the marathon.  As part of the change in the entry process they have also revised the way that tour operators can provide guaranteed entry into the event and have doubled the cost of the race entries we are able to provide.  


Marathon Tours & Travel will be able to offer guaranteed entry during the lottery timeframe of March 8 - April 12, 2016, for a cost of $525.00 (Including all processing fees. Please note that Marathon Tours office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm ET, Monday - Friday).  For more information on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery process please visit their website at www.chicagomarathon.com


Once the lottery closes and accepted runners are contacted on April 21, 2016, we will have a limited number of entries into the event.  Should you choose to secure your entry with Marathon Tours & Travel during the lottery period, DO NOT submit your name into the lottery process to avoid being charged for two entries.  The race entry fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once confirmed.


Entry can only be confirmed when booked with a minimum two (2) night hotel stay at one of our available hotels.  Entry only is not available.  Booking your hotel and entry is a two-step process.  First, you can make your hotel reservation online at: www.marathontours.com/chicago-marathon.  Please be sure to select guest type “Book Hotel & Entry”.


Once you confirm your hotel through our online system I will then follow up with an email that will include information regarding the race entry process.  Please allow 24 – 48 business hours for a response.


For anyone that is able to obtain an entry though the lottery process or by being a time qualifier you are still eligible to book your hotel reservations through Marathon Tours & Travel at our discounted rates at anytime by going to: www.marathontours.com/chicago-marathon.  Please be sure to select guest type “Book Hotel Only”.