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Event Description

The start and finish line of the Chicago Half Marathon and Life Time 5K will be in Jackson Park, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry at the intersection of Hayes & Richards. Jackson Park, once the site of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, is more than 600 acres and provides recreational opportunities for athletes, nature lovers and beach goers alike.

Event Schedule

Time Date Event Location
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 23 Health & Fitness Expo Hilton Chicago
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24 Health & Fitness Expo Hilton Chicago
4:15 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Shuttle bus pickup Millennium Park and the Belmont “L” Station
5:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25 Gear check  
5:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Will call opens  
6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Lake Shore Drive closes (between 31st and 67th streets)  
6:45 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Half marathon corrals close  
6:57 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Wheelchair start (half marathon)  
7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Chicago Half Marathon start  

Chicagoland Half Marathon Series

Ambitious participants have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding athletic achievement in taking part in our two Chicago races with the 26.2 Challenge award.

The Chicago Half Marathon will be the second event in the 2016 Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, which also includes the Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 on May 22. Participants who complete both half marathon distances will earn a custom 26.2 Challenge finisher medal at the final event. Competitive awards will be offered to the top three finishers in each age group using combined scores from both events.

As each race approaches, information will be made available regarding special program instructions and race perks. For additional questions, please contact or call (773) 404-2281.


  NOV 3-DEC 31 JAN 1-MAR 31 APR 1-JUL 22 JUL 23-SEP 1 SEP 2-SEP 18 SEP 19-SEP 25
$75 $85 $95 $105 $115 $135


$35 $35 $40 $40 $45 $45


Q: When is the application deadline?
A: Registration for the 2015 Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K will close when the maximum combined field of 15,000 participants has been reached.

Q: How do I confirm my entry to the Chicago Half Marathon?
A: Click here to confirm your race entry.

Q: Where do I get my race number?
A: You can pick up your race number at packet pickup during the Health & Fitness Expo.

Q: Can I defer until next year?
A: The Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K have a strict no refunds, transfers and deferrals policy.

Q: Can I switch from one race to another?
A: As race day approaches, and you feel that the distance you originally registered for is no longer appropriate, you may transfer your entry to the other distance by contacting us prior to September 1, 2015 or visiting us during normal packet pickup hours.

All wishing to transfer from the Life Time 5K to the Chicago Half Marathon must pay a $30 race change fee PLUS the difference in registration fees. Service fees apply. Those transferring from the Chicago Half Marathon to the Life Time 5K will not be refunded the difference in race fees, but will still be responsible for the $30 change fee.

You MAY NOT transfer your entry to another individual and there are absolutely NO REFUNDS. Please make sure you are able to attend the event before signing up.

Q: I have a friend who cannot participate in the event, can I take his/her place?
A: Each participant must have his/her own registration. In the event of an emergency, the race official must have emergency contact information on hand, therefore you are NOT allowed to participate using another person's registration. There are NO exceptions to this policy.

Q: Is there a VIP registration option?
A: Sorry, all VIP registration options are full for 2015.


There is limited parking at or near Jackson Park.
There are nearly 1,400 spaces in the Museum of Science & Industry parking garage (this $22 lot opens at 4 a.m.) and parking along the Midway Plaisance. We highly encourage participants and spectators to take public transportation to and from the race. If you drive, please plan to leave enough time to find a parking spot. We are not responsible for participants who drive and do not make the start of the race.

No Parking zones
No parking zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Please look for No Parking signs in your area for full details.

Towed vehicle information
The towing of vehicles along the course and other posted 'No Parking' zones will be enforced beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 27. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto-pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 311.


  • From Southbound Lake Shore Drive: LSD will close at 31st Street. If coming before 6:00 a.m., take LSD to 57th St. If after 6:00 a.m., exit 31st St. west to King and south to 55th St.
  • From the Dan Ryan: Take Garfield Blvd. exit to Midway Plaisance
  • From the Skyway: Take Stony Island Exit to Midway Plaisance

Street closures along the route will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The roads in Jackson Park will be closed longer. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through (at a 13-minute mile pace). The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets, and they will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety. Please follow their instructions when approaching streets on the course. Do NOT attempt to block the race course at any time.

Complimentary race-day shuttle
New in 2015, Chicago Half Marathon and Life Time 5K participants are provided a complimentary race-day shuttle from convenient Chicago locations

  • Millennium Park (Corner of Randolph & Michigan)
  • Belmont (Red/Brown Line L Station)

Shuttles will depart as busses fill beginning at 4:15 a.m. with the last shuttle departing at 5:00 a.m., all to arrive at Jackson Park by 6:15 a.m. Please, DO NOT be late as the shuttles must depart on time! Return shuttles are provided from the finish. Race day shuttles are provided for participants. Spectator shuttle tickets may purchased for $15 each during registration or at the link below.

South Shore Line
If you're coming from Northwest Indiana, the South Shore Line also offers a great, easy way to get to the race. When you arrive, you can take a short 1.4-mile walk to the start line or take one of the shuttles. You will take Train #600 and arrive at 57th Street Stop.

Spectators have a couple of great options to watch their friends and family participate in the Chicago Half Marathon or Life Time 5K. Spectators may view the start and finish of the events in Jackson Park. After the start, spectators can see participants at the 1-mile mark, 4-mile mark, 5-mile mark and the 12-mile mark by walking within Jackson Park. The Jackson Park area provides ample opportunities for spectators to see their loved ones participate.

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