Race Morning Logistics

Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27

So much goes into your pre-race preparation. In an effort to help make things a bit easier on our participants we’ve provided some helpful information below to alleviate some stress during race morning. Check out the tabs below to get the 411 on all of your race morning logistical needs.

Parking is available through a variety of downtown pay lots, as well as the Hilton Chicago. Regular rates and rules apply.

Participants who plan to drive downtown on Sunday morning are recommended to park in the 9,200 space Millennium Garages located in Grant Park. These underground lots are located near the Transition Area at the east end of Randolph Drive. Please allow ample time to walk from the lot to Transition and/or the Swim Start.

Spectators are encouraged to park at the Soldier Field North Garage Lot, located at the north end of Museum Campus Drive (off McFetridge Drive). This location is an easy walk to the Swim Start, Run Course and Finish Line areas. Take advantage of discounted parking with Millennium Garages by purchasing tickets via the link below.

Spectators are also recommended to park at the Grant Park South Garage, within close proximity to the Finish Line and Swim Start. The garage has 1,350 parking spaces and the entrances are on Michigan Avenue between Congress Parkway (from the south, heading north) and Jackson Street (from the north, heading south). 

Athletes and spectators alike can enjoy a ride from the Transition area to the post-race party, and back again. Catch the round trip trolley service at the northeast corner of Balbo and Columbus Dr. and the southwest corner of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe St. anytime between 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

Several streets throughout downtown Chicago and north side parks will be impacted by road closures, public transit reroutes and traffic detours. The full list is included below. During this year’s bike portion, all southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive will be closed to traffic on Sunday, August 27, between 5:00 AM and 12:00 PM, from Hollywood Avenue to Randolph Street. Life Time has worked with the relevant City agencies and impacted Aldermanic offices to message this closure. Should you have specific questions, please contact the Life Time office. 

Saturday, August 26 

Simonds Dr | Foster Ave to Montrose

Saturday, 8/26 @ 5:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Lake Shore Dr | Northbound Randolph St Exit Ramp

Saturday, 8/26 @ 11:00 AM until Sunday, 8/27 @ 4:00 PM

Columbus Dr | Roosevelt to Balbo: All lanes closed to traffic

Saturday, 8/26 @ 5:00 AM until Sunday, 8/27 @ 7:00 PM 

Sunday, August 27 

Lake Shore Dr | Southbound Hollywood to Randolph Street

Sunday, 8/27 @ 5:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Lower/Intermediate Wacker Dr | Jackson to Lake Shore Dr

Sunday, 8/27 @ 6:30 AM until 11:20 AM

McCormick Place Busway | Entire Route

Sunday, 8/27 @ 6:30 AM until 11:45 AM

Intermediate Columbus Dr | Northbound Randolph to Water St

Sunday, 8/27 @ 6:30 AM until 12:00 PM

Lower Columbus Dr | Randolph to Wacker Dr

Sunday, 8/27 @ 6:30 AM until 11:45 AM

Intermediate Randolph St | Columbus Dr to Lake Front

Sunday, 8/27 @ 5:00 AM until 12:30 PM