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Best Places to Cheer on Runners for the 2019 BOA Chicago Marathon

Cheer on your 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner at these locations

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    Best Places to Cheer on Runners for the 2019 BOA Chicago Marathon
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    NOTE: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with complete 2019 race coverage beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 13 right here.

    Many Bank of America Chicago Marathon runners rely on the crowd to get them through to the finish line - and the marathon is making it easy to find a good spot for fans to do just that. 

    Here are the recommended areas for fans to watch their favorite runners on the course:

    Near the start and finish lines

    To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.

    To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

    Official Cheer Zones

    Bank of America Cheer Zone – Mile 26

    Join Bank of America at the on-course cheer zone to support all race participants. Cheer items will be provided to help you support your runners, and we encourage you to grab Bank of America noisemakers to motivate runners in their journey to the finish. A DJ and drumline will be there to increase the excitement and celebrate all the runners. The Bank of America Cheer Zone is near the finish line at Michigan Avenue and 16th Street and continues onto Roosevelt Road. 

    Charity Block Party

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    Thousands of Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants are running and fundraising on behalf of important local, national and global causes. To celebrate the impact these participants make, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will host a Charity Block Party near Mile 15. Spectators, family and friends are welcome to cheer on their charity runners at the Charity Block Party located at Adams Street and Loomis Street near Whitney Young High School.

    8K Cheer Zone

    Cheer on runners as they shamROCK through the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Cheer Zone located in Lincoln Park at the 8K mark. The Shamrock Shuffle is the kick-off to the Chicago running season and is a continuation of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

    Near CTA Stations

    Grand Red Line Station – Miles 1, 3 and 12.5

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Grand Avenue (mile 1). Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street (mile 3) and four blocks west to Wells Street (mile 12.5). 

    Monroe Red Line Station – Mile 2

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Monroe Street.

    Chicago Red Line Station – Miles 3.5 and 12.25

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Chicago Avenue. Walk three blocks west to LaSalle Street (mile 3.5) and four blocks west to Wells Street (mile 12.25).

    Clark/Division Red Line Station – Miles 4 and 12

    Board a Red Line train and exit at LaSalle Street (mile 4). Walk one block west to Wells Street (mile 12).

    Sheridan Red Line Station – Mile 8

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Sheridan. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

    Addison Red Line Station – Mile 8.5

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Addison Street. Walk four blocks east to Broadway.

    Sedgwick Brown Line Station – Mile 11

    Board a Brown Line train and exit at Sedgwick Street. Walk a half-block north to North Avenue.

    Washington/Wells Elevated Station (Brown, Pink or Orange Line) – Mile 13.5

    Board any Brown, Pink or Orange Line train and exit at Washington/Wells. Walk one block west on Washington to Franklin.

    UIC-Halsted Blue Line Station – Miles 14.25 and 17

    Board a Blue Line train and exit at UIC-Halsted. Use the Halsted Street exit or Morgan Street exit and walk two blocks north to Adams Street to view the runners at Mile 14.25 in Greektown. Or use the Halsted Street or Morgan Street exit and walk one block north to Jackson (mile 17).

    18th Pink Line Station – Mile 19.25

    Board a Pink Line train and exit at 18th Street. Walk four blocks east to Loomis Street.

    Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station – Mile 21.5

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Cermak-Chinatown.

    Sox-35th Red Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25

    Board a Red Line train and exit at Sox-35th. Use the 33rd Street exit (mile 23) or walk two blocks east on 35th Street to State Street (mile 23.25).

    35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line Station – Mile 23 and 23.25

    Board a Green Line train and exit at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Use the 33rd Street exit (mile 23) or 35th Street exit (mile 23.25).

    Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station – Mile 25

    Board a Green Line train and exit at Cermak-McCormick Place. Walk two blocks east to Michigan Avenue.

    Roosevelt (Red, Green and Orange Line) Station – Finish Line

    Board a Red, Green or Orange Line train and exit at Roosevelt Road. Walk east on Roosevelt Road toward the Museum Campus/Grant Park.

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