Travel Details

The Life Time Chicago Triathlon is held in downtown Chicago each year, and is easily accessible by car, train or plane.

Hotel Accommodations

Chicago doesn’t fall short when it comes to hotel options. However, if you want to make your stay during race-weekend as pleasurable as it can be, look no further than our host hotel.

The Hilton Chicago, Host Hotel of the Chicago Triathlon

Located just two blocks from the swim start, at 720 S. Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the Hilton Chicago has achieved an unprecedented fusion of historic luxury and contemporary amenities. The Hilton Chicago is at the heart of Chicago’s cultural core, near museums, theaters, and nightlife, and is the site of the Multisport & Fitness Expo. One of Chicago’s premier luxury hotels, the Hilton Chicago features amenities geared towards triathletes and their friends and families.

Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Tel: 1-312-922-4400
Toll-Free: 1-800-HILTONS

  • Lowest rates for the weekend if booked direct
  • Site of the Multisport & Fitness Expo
  • Walking distance to Race Start, Finish, and Transition
  • Pasta dinner options available
  • Indoor running track
  • Indoor lap pool
  • Baggage storage
  • And more…

Air Travel

If you plan on flying into Chicago, you have two airport options:

  1. Chicago Midway (MDW), located 11 miles southwest of downtown
  2. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) located 15 miles northwest of the city.

Another fast, comfortable, and affordable means of getting to the Hilton Chicago or another downtown hotel of choice is via Airport Express. For a hassle-free transition at a reasonable price, you and your bike will be taken to downtown Chicago in vans leaving every 5–10 minutes. Stop by one of their conveniently located counters (terminals 1, 2, 3 & 5 at O’Hare or across from Southwest at Midway) and check in.

Public transit train service is available at both city airports, with various drop-off points throughout downtown Chicago. One-way fares are currently $5 via fare card kiosks at each station, and travel times to/from downtown range from 30-45 minutes, depending on days/times.

Taxi cab service is readily available from both airports. One-way fares to/from downtown Chicago average $30 each way (excluding tip). Travel times can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour, depending on rush hour.

Uber and Lyft are accessible at both airports. If you intend to use either option, make sure to download their mobile apps on either the App Store or Google Play.