The Chicago Half Marathon gives you the chance to run on traffic restricted Lake Shore Drive! This scenic half marathon course starts in Historic Jackson Park, site of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, and winds through the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood and University of Chicago campus. The course then takes runners along Chicago’s south Lake Shore Drive, taking in the views of Lake Michigan, Chicago skyline and the Science and Industry Museum campus before a triumphant finish at the golden Statue of the Republic.


The Chicago Half Marathon course then takes runners along Chicago’s south Lake Shore Drive, taking in the views of Lake Michigan, Chicago skyline and the Science and Industry Museum campus before a triumphant finish at the golden Statue of the Republic.

Aid Stations will provide water and isotonic drinks approximately every mile.

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Gatorade Endurance Formula

Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula will be on course at every aid station. Endurance Formula has nearly two times the sodium and three times the potassium of traditional Gatorade. Newly formulated, it now contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners and has a new, lighter flavor.

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For your safety and the timely reopening of the streets to vehicular traffic, you must reach key locations by specified times or you will be required to take transportation provided. PLEASE DO NOT START EARLY! Traffic and safety rules prohibit early starts. Early starters will be eliminated from the official results. If you cannot maintain a 16-minute per mile pace, you will be required to board the support buses.


Gear Check is located inside the Finish Festival area at Jackson Park. Please use the clear bag and label provided in your packet.

In order to lessen the community impact of closing Lake Shore Drive (and surrounding streets), this event offers a 16-minute mile pace requirement. The 16-minute mile pace goes into effect as soon as the last participant crosses the start line and is maintained by the Back of the Pack Crew – a group of volunteer runners who encourage runners to stay on-pace. The Back of the Pack Crew is followed by the SAG bus and a clean-up crew, who work to immediately reopen the course at specific time intervals.

Participants who do not maintain the 16-minute pace and fall behind the Back of the Pack Crew will have two options:
1. Board the SAG van and be transported to the finish line.
2. Move to the Lakefront Trail, which can be accessed at six different locations/checkpoints along Lake Shore Drive. The trail will be completely supported with aid stations including hydration options, restrooms, mobile medical staff and course marshals to guide participants.

The finish line will remain open for those on the Lakefront Trail until 11:30 a.m. Gear Check and the Finish Festival will close at 12:00 p.m.

Meet your friends and family in the Family Reunion Area located in the post-race party after the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K at Jackson Park. This area will be divided by letter of the alphabet and will feature live entertainment. Please make meeting plans prior to the start of the event.


Our course is wheelchair friendly, and we gladly welcome para-athletes to participate.


To ease congestion at the start and improve the runner experience on the course, runners will be assigned to seeded start corrals before the race according to their expected finish time, with the fastest runners in front. Once a corral is assigned, it cannot be changed. Runners wishing to run together must go to the corral of the slower runner.

Qualifying Requirements

Runners will have to provide proof of pace with previous results to When prompted during registration to input an Estimated Finish Time, you must also provide proof of that race – of equal or greater distance- completed within the past year. Athlinks will be used to verify all submitted finish times.


The Chicago Half Marathon is the city’s only road race to utilize an entirely traffic-free Lake Shore Drive. Witnessing the sweeping views along one of the nation’s most famous and scenic roadways requires intricate coordination with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Thanks to our friends at Chicago Endurance Sports, pace groups are available for the following finishing times: 1:30, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30 and 2:45. Chicago Endurance Sports will have a booth at the Expo if you would like to stop and meet our Pacers!

Beat the Clock
In order to meet the pace requirement, we offer the following mile locations, lake front path access points and times to help you “Beat the Clock”:
Mile 2.6 at Marquette & Lake Shore Drive (North Bound): 8:00 a.m. – Directed to 5K finish
Mile 3.6 at Hayes Dr. & Lake Shore Drive (North Bound): 8:20 a.m. – Directed to 5K finish
Mile 8.7 at 31st Street & Lake Shore Drive (North Bound): 9:30 a.m. – Diverted to Lake Front Path
Mile 9.7 at Oakwood & Lake Shore Drive (South Bound): 9:46 a.m. – Diverted to Lake Front Path
Mile 10.8 at 47th & Lake Shore Drive (South Bound): 10:04 a.m. – Diverted to Lake Front Path
Mile 11.6 at 53rd & Lake Shore Drive (South Bound): 10:16 a.m. – Diverted to Lake Front Path


Shirt (Male)

Shirt (Female)


  • Gender-specific tech running shirt (2017 pictured above)
  • Huge custom finishers medal worthy of Chicago’s “big shoulders” (2017 Series Challenge & Finisher medal)
  • On course-entertainment including groups ranging from DJ’s to school groups and local bands


Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers. Additional awards will be given to the top three men and women in each of the following age groups:

  • 14 and under
  • 15 -19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-89