Spectator Info
Cheer on your favorite runners

The Chicago Triathlon is a spectator friendly race, with one of the most spectator friendly swim courses in triathlon. The swim takes place in Monroe Harbor starting just east of Balbo and Lake Shore Drive. Spectators can follow along as their triathlete makes their way to the swim exit located just southeast of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive.

The bike route traverses north on Lake Shore Drive to Hollywood Beach and back. Spectators are NOT allowed on Lake Shore Drive. If your athlete is participating in the International distance, spectators can catch a unique view of the International bike course from a top of the 11th Street Pedestrian Bridge located between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr.

Participants will head out on the run course from just north of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, following the intermediate Lake Front path south to 31st Street. At 31st Street, runners head north along the Lake Front path entering Grant Park just north of Museum Campus. A great place to catch runners is at the aid station at Mile 1 (just south east of Lake Shore Drive and Balbo near the Field Museum).

Finish Line

The finish line is located along Columbus Drive in Chicago’s Grant Park. Enter the Finish Festival from Balbo and Columbus Drive and make your way to the spectator viewing area. We invite you to celebrate along with your triathlete in the Finish Festival with multiple food truck options, concessions by Goose Island Catering, a live band and Goose Island Beer.

Transamerica Trolley

Athletes and spectators alike can enjoy a ride from the transition area to the post-race party, and back again. Title sponsor, Transamerica, is providing this complimentary service. Catch the trolley at the northeast corner of Balbo and Columbus and the southwest corner of Lakeshore and Monroe anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Transamerica Athlete Tracker

Want to track your athlete? Sign up for LIVE TRACKING here! Spectators, families, and friends can sign up to get text message or social media alerts for all 2017 race weekend participants.

NOTE: This service will be functional once bib assignments are created and distributed — approximately August 17.

Race App

Be among the first to use our new Race Day App, still in beta. The app features a variety of quick links, event communications, maps and more to help you navigate race weekend.  Click the icons below to download on your mobile device, then set the App to “Chicago Triathlon.”