Marathon VIP Experience

The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for Marathon runners, friends and family and is located at the Palmer House Hilton in the Exhibit Hall. It's a comfortable start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite, featuring food, beer, and a convenient location!

Location:  Palmer House Hilton in the Exhibit Hall (17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603)

Event Times: 5:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

  • Doors open at 5:30a.m. 
  • Food and beer closes at 3:00p.m.
  • Gear check closes at 3:15p.m.


  • Comfortable indoor climate controlled space to relax pre and post race 
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Hassle Free Private Gear Check
  • Pre-race hydration: water/Gatorade
  • Accesss to CARA's private Port-A-Potties near the start corrals
  • Post-race Amenities:
    • Stretching and injury prevention screenings provided by NovaCare Rehabilitation
    • Lagunitas Beer
    • Snacks and food
    • FREE finisher medal engraving
    • And more!

Access / Registration:  

  • 2017 CARA Summer Marathon Training Participants:  Access to CARA VIP with your training program shoe tag. No additional registeration is required.
  • CARA Members and Public: CARA members and the public may purchase access to CARA VIP through the registration link below.

Please remember, family and friends are welcome to come in after the final start wave has begun at 8:00a.m., but before the race the CARA VIP Experience space is reserved for runners only. Ammenities are reserved for only those with a shoe tag throughout the event.

Want to get a friend or family member in early before the start?  Have them volunteer for the VIP Experience (Details Coming Soon).


Registration is Closed

Registration Type Fee
CARA Member (Pre-Expo) $35
Non-Member (Pre-Expo) $50
CARA Member (At Expo) $50
Non-Member (At Expo) $60


*Pre-Expo pricing is available until Wednesday, October 5th at 11:59pm. Once pre-expo pricing ends the CARA VIP Experience is available for purchase only during Expo Day at the pricing listed above. Attendees must pick up a shoe tag at the expo to enter the VIP Experience. Tags will be available for pick-up only at CARA's booth at the Marathon Expo.  There is no race morning tag pick up. CARA Marathon Training Program runners will need the shoe tag from the training program to enter the VIP Experience.