Marathon VIP Experience


CARA's Michelob Ultra Marathon VIP Experience is an exclusive area for runners, friends and family on Marathon day in Chicago. It's a comfortable start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite, featuring food, Michelob Ultra beer, medal engraving, and a convenient location. Plus, our private porta-potties by the start corral entrance!


October 13, 2019 / Bank of America Chicago Marathon 


Headquarters: Palmer House Hilton (17. E. Monroe, Chicago)

Private Start Corral Toilets: Van Buren St and Michigan Ave. 


Event Times: 

  • Doors open at 5:30 a.m. 
  • Food and beer will close at 3:30 p.m.
  • Gear check closes at 3:45 p.m.
  • Doors close at 4:00 p.m.


  • Comfortable indoor climate controlled space to relax pre- and post-race 
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Hassle Free Private Gear Check
  • Pre-race hydration: Water and Gatorade
  • Access to CARA's private toilets near the start corrals
  • Post-race Amenities Included:
    • Stretching and injury prevention screenings provided by NovaCare Rehabilitation
    • Michelob Ultra Beer
    • Snacks and food from CARA partners
    • Finisher medal engraving
    • Photo magnet booth
    • And more!

Access / Registration:  

Prior to the start of the marathon, only registered attendees may enter the space. After the start, friends and family may reunite and join runners at the space at no additional cost. Amenities, including food, beer, and medal engraving, are for registered attendees only. Attendees may purchase a limited number of guest tickets for $15 each during registration that provides their guest/s (non-marathon participants only) access to food and beer post-race.

Registration Opens Summer 2019

Registration Fees
CARA Members - $35
Non-Members - $60 (Save $25 when you become a CARA member for a $35 annual membership)