CTA Celebrates Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Special Ventra Card - NBC Chicago

CTA Celebrates Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Special Ventra Card

Transit passes will feature a unique design to honor the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon



    CTA Celebrates Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Special Ventra Card
    Chicago Transit Authority
    For the first time in race history, runners and riders alike can purchase Bank of America Chicago Marathon-themed Ventra passes from the CTA website.

    NOTE: NBC 5 will offer complete live coverage of the 2017 race beginning at 7 a.m. CT online and on TV. The race can be streamed live from around world on the NBC Chicago app, which will also offer a live stream of the finish line from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more. 

    The Chicago Transit Authority is joining the 40th anniversary celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with special-edition Ventra cards.

    Beginning Tuesday, CTA will offer unique three-day, seven-day, and $20 value Ventra passes on its website to commemorate the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. All cards are reloadable and available to anyone using CTA trains and buses -- not just marathon racers.

    The festive cards cost $5 in addition to the preloaded fare charge, but customers can receive that $5 back in transit value if the card is registered here or via the Ventra app within 90 days.

    Shown above, the Ventra pass depicts a runner sprinting down Michigan Avenue with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon logo to the right of the image.

    Cards can either be shipped to a U.S. address or picked up at one of two CTA will-call stations located at the O'Hare Blue Line terminal and Midway Orange Line terminal. Orders will be accepted until Sept. 22 for personal shipping and Oct. 3 for will-call pickup.

    Marathon participants can also snag a keepsake Ventra pass Friday or Saturday before the race at the Abbott Health and Fitness Race Expo at McCormick Place. Dates and times for will-call can be found here.

    As in years past, CTA will continue to sell disposable single-ride, one-day and three-day passes with the unique event design starting Thursday, Oct. 5 until race day on Sunday, Oct. 8.

    For more information about the 2017 Chicago Marathon, check out our race-day guide here.

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