Convenient and Affordable, CTA is the Best Way to Travel to the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 5, 2017

CTA provides guide on how to get to best spectating spots, offers extra race day service  For limited time, CTA selling keepsake marathon Ventra cards that are reloadable and reusable

The Chicago Transit Authority will be providing additional service for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as well as the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo this weekend. Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes well ahead of time. More information about purchasing fares is below.

Additional Service
Abbott Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place - Friday 10/6 and Saturday 10/7

  • Rail: Green Line, exit at Cermak-McCormick Place station
  • Bus: #3 King Drive


2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon at Grant Park - Sunday 10/8

  • Rail: Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange and Purple Lines
  • Bus: #3 King Drive


Viewing areas near CTA stations

  1. Grand (Red Line) Station – Miles #1, #3 and #12
  2. Monroe (Red Line) Station –Mile #2
  3. Chicago (Red Line) Station – Miles #3.5 and #11.5 
  4. Clark/Division (Red Line) Station – Miles #4 and #11
  5. Addison (Red Line) Station – Mile #7.75 
  6. Sedgwick (Brown Line) Station – Mile #10.25 
  7. UIC-Halsted (Blue Line) Station – Miles #13.5 and #16.5
  8. 18th (Pink Line) Station – Mile #19
  9. Halsted (Orange Line) Station – Mile #20.5
  10. Sox-35th and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Red/Green Line) Stations – Mile #23
  11. Cermak-McCormick Place (Green Line) Station – Mile #25
  12. Roosevelt (Red/Green/Orange Lines) Station – Finish Line


Purchasing Your Fare - Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance!

Buy limited-edition, keepsake reloadable Ventra Cards this weekend only:
(Special Chicago Marathon keepsake card comes preloaded with either a 3-day, 7-day pass, or $20 in transit value. Card can be reloaded with value or transit passes, like regular Ventra card.)

  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (Fri. 10/6 and Sat. 10/7)
  • O’Hare Blue Line Terminal and Midway Orange Line Terminal (Thurs. 10/5 – Sat. 10/7)

Purchase commemorative single-ride, 1-day and 3-day tickets:

  • Abbott Health & Fitness Expo (Fri. 10/6 and Sat. 10/7)
  • O’Hare Blue Line Terminal and Midway Orange Line Terminal (Thurs. 10/5 – Sat. 10/7)
  • At select Ventra vending machines (only single-ride & 1-day pass tickets available)
    • Pink Line: 18th 
    • Red Line: Addison, Chicago, Clark/Division, Grand, Roosevelt (Red & Elevated), Cermak-Chinatown, Sox-35th and 95th/Dan Ryan.
    • Blue Line: Rosemont, Cumberland and UIC-Halsted
    • Green Line: Cermak-McCormick Place, 35th-Bronzeville-IIT and Harlem-Lake

For Ventra card users:
Add unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or transit value:

  • Ventra app
  • Ventra vending machines at rail stations
  • Online at www.ventrachicago.com
  • At more than 1,000 local retailers (Check out ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app for locations).

For customers without a Ventra card:
Customers can also purchase from Ventra vending machines:

  • 1-day unlimited ride ticket ($10)
  • Single-ride ticket ($3) that includes up to two transfers in two hours.
  • Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.


Stay in the Loop on CTA Service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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