2023 Chicago Marathon and Abbott Chicago 5K Street Closures and Safety Information
In cooperation with our cross-sector safety partners, Titan Security is monitoring the events around the 2023 Chicago Marathon, set to be held on Sunday, October 8. Streets throughout the downtown Chicago area will be closed beginning Thursday, October 5. Closures for the Chicago Marathon will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9. These closures will impact high traffic areas including Lake Shore Drive, Wacker Drive, Michigan Avenue and the area around Millennium Park and Grant Park.
FROM CHICAGO OEMC:
City of Chicago officials and Bank of America Chicago Marathon organizers are reminding the public in advance of Marathon weekend that street closures will begin on Wednesday, October 4.
Traffic Impacts/Street Closures
With street closures prior to and during the race, those traveling throughout downtown, and the various neighborhoods should allow extra time, expect delays, or consider alternate routes–such as the expressway system–to avoid the impacts of the marathon on Sunday, October 8 along with the Abbott Chicago 5K on Saturday, October 7.
Wednesday, October 4
- Jackson Dr. from Columbus Dr. to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will close at 10 a.m. and reopen on Monday, October 9 at 6 a.m.
Thursday, October 5
- Balbo Dr. from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr. will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Monday, October 9 at 3 p.m.
- Columbus Dr. from Ida B. Wells to Roosevelt Rd will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Monday, October 9 at 3 p.m.
Friday, October 6
- Columbus Drive from Monroe to Jackson St. will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
- Congress Plaza on Michigan Ave. (Van Buren St. to Harrison St. will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
- Ida B. Wells from Michigan Ave to Congress Plaza will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
- Ida B. Wells from Congress Plaza to Columbus Dr. will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
- Jackson Dr. from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr. will close at 4 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7
- Columbus Dr. from Randolph to Monroe St. will be closed at 6 a.m. and open on Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m.
- Roosevelt Rd. from Columbus Dr. to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed at 11 a.m. and open on Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
- Monroe St. from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr. will be closed at noon and open on Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m.
- Monroe St. from Columbus Dr. to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed at noon and open on Sunday, October 8 at 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 8
- Columbus Dr. from McFetridge Dr. to Roosevelt Road will be closed at 4 a.m. and open at 6 p.m.
- Michigan Ave. from Madison to 9th St. will be closed at 4 a.m. and open at 9 a.m.
- Roosevelt Rd. from Michigan to Columbus Dr. will be closed at 4 a.m. and open at 6 p.m.
- Michigan Ave. from 9th St. to Roosevelt Rd will be closed at 5:30 a.m. and open at 4 p.m.
Note: All streets will be fully reopened by Monday, October 9 at 6:00 a.m.
Race day street closures along the route will begin at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 8 and are anticipated to be reopened by 4:30 p.m. or when it is deemed safe to do so.
For additional information related to the Chicago Marathon street closures, click here.
Abbott Chicago 5K Street Closures on Saturday, October 7
Motorists and residents can also expect street closures for the Abbott Chicago 5K. For race details, visit Chicago5K.com. The following streets will be closed to traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on October 8.
- Columbus Drive, between Jackson Blvd and Ida B. Wells St.
- Ida B. Wells St., between Columbus Dr. and Congress Plaza Dr.
- Congress Plaza Dr., between Harrison St. and Van Buren St.
- Harrison St., between Michigan Ave. and Franklin St.
- Franklin St., between Harrison St. and Van Buren St.
- Van Buren St., between Franklin St. and Wacker Dr.
- Wacker Dr., between Van Buren St. and Dearborn St. (NB & SB Wacker)
- Jackson Blvd., between Wacker Dr. and Wells St.
Parking and Race Day Routes
Beginning early Sunday morning, parking restrictions will be in effect along the course. For public safety and traffic flow, the towing of vehicles along the route and other posted “No Parking Zones” will be strictly enforced. Motorists are encouraged to read signage before parking and should call 3-1-1 to locate a towed vehicle.
The following main thoroughfares, among others, will remain open:
- DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- Inner Lake Shore Drive will remain open from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue. Access to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont.
To view the full 2023 Chicago Marathon course and map, click here.
To view the full 2023 Abbott 5K course and map, click here.
As always, public transportation is encouraged if heading to the Marathon or other destinations in the impacted areas. For more information on CTA services and reroutes, visit TransitChicago.com or call 836-7000 from any area code/1-888-YOUR-CTA. Metra will offer extra service on race day. For specific schedule information, visit Metra.com. The City has worked with licensed Transportation Network Providers (TNP rideshare services) to ensure that pick-up and drop-off locations are available throughout the city, in geo-fenced areas that are a safe distance off the route.
Emergency, Traffic and Weather Notifications
OEMC will continue to monitor the event in collaboration with public safety partners and the Chicago Police Department will enforce race day restrictions along the route as well as facilitate traffic. OEMC will issue any alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on street closures, weather conditions and emergencies. Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at NotifyChicago.org. For businesses, OEMC also issues text alerts as well, to opt in for CHIBIZ alerts TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3.
Safety Tips Near/During Large Events
- If you see something suspicious, report it
- Carry water and stay hydrated
- Choose a landmark to meet at in case you are separated from your group
- Utilize the buddy system
- Remain alert and be observant of surroundings
- Leave any valuables at home
- Do not jump any barricades
- Secure handbags and wallets
- Stay calm and pleasant
- Follow your own instincts
- Leave yourself room to move quickly
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).
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