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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Known for its fast and flat route through the windy city, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts some of the world’s best runners. Its course takes runners on a scenic tour of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and along the banks of Lake Michigan, making Chicago a city seemingly purpose built for running. The marathon boasts an atmosphere that needs to be seen and heard to believe. Let the roar of the crowds fuel you on your race to the finish in Grant Park on October, 13th! Please note we are not permitted to sell packages to US residents.

Join Sports Tours Ireland in the Windy City

The biggest after-party in Chicago!

Soak in the marathon experience with a meet-and greet-with your fellow runners, complimentary 5k runs, race day breakfast, our very own cheer zone and our exclusive after-party!

Join our team and all of your fellow runners at our exclusive after-party at Bub City. Celebrate your fantastic achievement at a Chicago institution! Enjoy the sprawling BBQ eatery & bar with live music, comfort food galore and more.

Included in your package

  • Guaranteed entry
  • 3, 4 or 5 nights at your chosen hotel in Chicago
  • Complimentary 5k pre-marathon warm up run 
  • Meet-and-greet with your fellow runners
  • Escort to the marathon expo on Friday and Saturday morning
  • Race day breakfast included for runners only, close to the marathon start line
  • A cheer zone on the course with our staff that spectators (family & friends) can join
  • A post marathon celebration party to celebrate your success with your fellow runners and our staff
  • Sports Tours Ireland bobble hat
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise
  • Passionate Sports Tours International Ireland team on hand throughout the event
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Aloft Chicago Downtown River North Hotel
Aloft Chicago Downtown River North Hotel

The Aloft Chicago Downtown River North Hotel is located in the trendy River North neighbourhood of downtown Chicago and is close to Michigan Avenue shops, Millennium Park, Soldier Field, and many award-winning restaurants. The hotel is located just three blocks away from shopping and dining spots on the Magnificent Mile. The boutique style hotel offers modern accommodations in Chicago’s River North neighbourhood. All rooms offer a 42-inch flat-screen TV, small refrigerator and coffee machine. Free bottled water is also provided.


Fitness centre
ATM/cash machine on site
Luggage storage
24-hour front desk
Daily maid service
Dry cleaning (Additional charge)
Laundry (Additional charge)
Mini-market on site
Air conditioning
Allergy-free room
Safety deposit box
Non-smoking rooms

3 nights
4 nights
5 nights

Please note that the prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or twin occupancy. Prices vary per person based on a triple, quad and single occupancy.

Race highlights










11 October

Arrival day and meet and greet

Arrive into Chicago by your own travel means and make your way to your chosen hotel. Upon arrival at your hotel you will be welcomed by a Sports Tours International Ireland rep who will be in the hotel reception at various times throughout the day and evening. Hotel check in is from 15.00. After hotel check in and time permitting, head to the marathon expo to collect your race bib. In the evening, we are hosting a meet and greet, a perfect opportunity for solo travellers to meet fellow Sports Tours Ireland runners. (Times TBC)




12 October

5k shakeout run and pre-race briefing

Today, join our reps for our 5k shakeout run. After, we are hosting a pre-race briefing held at 9:00am and a second one at 9:45am at the Hyatt Place conference room, this is a great opportunity to listen to tips for tomorrow’s event and ask any questions you may have. If you didn’t attend the marathon expo yesterday, today is your final day to do so. Please bring your passport with you as ID. The rest of the day is for you to explore what Chicago has on offer. All clients will receive a Sports Tours bobble hat prior to marathon day.



13 October

Marathon day and after-party!

On the 13th of October you will line up at the start line with thousands of other runners ready to run The Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

From 4am your Sports Tours Ireland Representative will escort you to the Congress Plaza Hotel for an early morning breakfast pre-marathon, and a place to keep warm right by the start line. (Runners and non-runners welcome). Your Sports Tours Ireland Representative will later escort any spectators to our cheer zone, where our staff and supporters will be there to cheer all the runners along.

This evening we will be holding a celebration party for all our runners and your companions to celebrate your running success. This will take place at Bub City from 7pm-11pm, including complimentary drinks and a hot and cold buffet and live music. Join us at this sprawling, buzzy BBQ eatery & bar with a country-western theme, live music & comfort food. Maximum capacity is 250 people and will be by invitation and RSVP. Price included in your package.

14 October

Departure day and River Cruise

The morning will be free for sightseeing or last minute shopping. We are offering a Chicago Architecture Cruise at 9:30am for 90 minutes with drinks included within your package. Boarding points are located just a 5-10 minutes walk from your hotel. Hotel check out is 12.00. You will then make your own way back to the airport for your onward or return journey. Please note flights are not included and must be booked independently.



Chicago Marathon race entry +

€460 per person

Plane +

There are two airports in Chicago, but international flights are served by Chicago O’Hare. The airport is serviced by the the Blue Line L train and takes 45 minutes to city centre.

Taxi +

A taxi from Chicago O’Hare to downtown will cost around $40 plus tip, and usually takes 40 to 60 minutes traffic permitting.

Bus +

CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. Several lines offer Night Owl service, running until 2am or later.

Train +

Chicago has the second largest public transportation system CTA which operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines. They connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line  connecting Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with services between the North and South Sides via downtown.

The course +

One of the world famous Six Abbott World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a flat, fast and furious course that sees elite and amateur athletes alike lining up to target a race known for its potential to generate personal, national and world records. On the course, you are guaranteed to see all that is great about the city of Chicago. You will start and finish the Chicago Marathon in Grant Park, just by Lake Michigan, before travelling through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. You will enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as you run through the city.

Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

Do you cater for children? +

Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

Can I extend my stay along the way? +

Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

How can I pay for my holiday? +

Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

Do I need travel insurance? +

Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

Can I travel on my own? +

Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

What is twin to share? +

On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

Is the entry guaranteed? +

All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

Do I need to pay a deposit? +

A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

When will I receive my tickets? +

Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

What is included in the price? +

What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

What is not included in the price? +

What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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