Marathon VIP Experience


The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for Marathon runners, friends and family and is located at the Hilton Chicago Michigan Ave. It's a comfortable start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite, featuring food, beer, medal engraving, and a convenient location. Plus, our private porta-potties by the start corral entrance!


October 7, 2018 / Bank of America Chicago Marathon 


Hilton Chicago Michigan Ave (720 S. 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
    • Lagunitas 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. New for 20-18, attendees may purchase a limited number of guest tickets for $15 each during registration that provide their guest/s (non-marathon participants only) access to food and beer post-race.

Registration at Chicago Marathon Expo Only

Registration Type Fee
CARA Member $35
Non-Member $60