TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY

The Chicago Half Marathon & 5K presented by My Fit Key is held in Jackson Park each year and are easily accessible by car, train or plane. Check out the many amenities available to make this an unforgettable race weekend!

AIR TRAVEL


If you plan on flying into Chicago, you have two airport options: Chicago Midway Airport (MDW), located 11 miles southwest of downtown, and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) located 15 miles northwest of the city.

Each airport is served by the following transportation options to and from your hotel:

  • Taxi
    Taxi cab service is readily available from both airports.
  • CTA Trains Public transit train service is available at both city airports, with various drop-off points throughout downtown Chicago. One-way train fares are $2.25 from all locations, with exception of departing from O’Hare ($5.00) via farecard kiosks at each station, and travel times to/from downtown range from 30-45 minutes, depending on days/times.
  • Airport Express to Downtown Chicago
 Another fast, comfortable and affordable means of getting downtown hotel is via Airport Express. For a hassle-free transition at a reasonable price, you 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. Visit them at www.AirportExpress.com or call 1-800-654-7871 for more information.

Hotel Accommodations

Chicago Half Marathon and 5K  is pleased to announce that Hotels for Hope will be handling all hotel reservations. Hotels for Hope is the only official hotel provider for the 2018 Chicago Half Marathon and 5K.

We’re offering a couple of great hotels with special event room rates for the Chicago Half Marathon.  The hotels we have partnered with are labeled“CHM DEALS”.

If you do not find what you are looking for with the CHM DEALS, the link below will also give you access to search for the best rates at other nearby hotels.

VIP Packages

Chicago Half Marathon participants and spectators have the option to purchase special VIP packages to enjoy the ultimate race experience!

Athlete & Spectator VIP Package – $70

Race day hospitality perks include:

  • VIP Gear Check
  • Pre-Race Power Breakfast and Coffee
  • Post-Race Hot Breakfast Buffet and Open Bar
  • Private VIP Restrooms
  • Complimentary Massages

Athlete & Spectator VIP Package with Parking – $90

Enjoy all the Athlete & Spectator VIP Package hospitality perks plus:

  • VIP parking steps away from the Start Line/Finish Festival

Saturday Night Hotel VIP Package – $369

This package includes (2) Athlete & Spectator VIP passes plus:

  • Saturday night stay at the official VIP Host Hotel
  • Complimentary shuttle to & from race site
  • September concierge service to help answer your race related questions

 Friday & Saturday Night Hotel VIP Package – $599

This package includes (2) Athlete & Spectator VIP passes plus:

  • Friday and Saturday night stay at the official VIP Host Hotel
  • Complimentary shuttle to & from race site
  • September concierge service to help answer your race related questions

 *Please note, the above pricing does not include the cost of race entry. Each athlete must purchase a race entry in order to secure your spot in the race.

**You will be contacted by the Chicago Half Marathon VIP Coordinator after purchasing a VIP package. Hotel reservations and accommodations will be booked, confirmed and managed by the VIP Coordinator.

Spectator Viewing Locations

Spectators have a couple of great options to watch their friends and family participate in the Chicago Half Marathon or 5K. Spectators may view the start and finish of the events in Jackson Park. After the start, spectators can see participants at the 1-mile mark, 4-mile mark, 5-mile mark and the 12-mile mark by walking within Jackson Park. The Jackson Park area provides ample opportunities for spectators to see their loved ones participate.

Hotels For Hope Details

With Hotels for Hope, every hotel reservation made with the link above serves as a vehicle for Chicago Half Marathon and 5K to impact the lives of children. At no cost to you Hotels for Hope donates $2 per actualized room night to help children live happier and healthier lives. It may not sound like much but since 2010, Hotels for Hope has donated over $750,000 with the help of their clients, attendees, and hotel partners. For this event, the donated dollars will go to benefit FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC to provide general music classes in across Chicago schools.

  • Booking Portal is Real-time, available 24/7
  • Instant confirmation
  • More flexible deposit & cancellation policies with HOST HOTELS (Please be sure to read these policies carefully before reserving.)
  • Full hotel info including descriptions, photos, and maps
  • Change reservations at any time prior to the RESERVATION CUT OFF for the HOST HOTEL
  • Earn frequent stay points (where applicable), at HOST HOTELS
  • Donating $2 per actualized room night to benefit the lives of children

Reservations must made by Monday, September 3rd, 2018 to take advantage of the SPECIAL EVENT RATES or until the block is SOLD OUT.  Our Hotel Booking portal will still have plenty of hotel options even after the CUT OFF DATE and Hotels for Hope can assist you in finding the best rate available.

Please be sure to read the individual hotel deposit policies before confirming your reservation. Each property’s deposit policies are different.

Please be sure to read the individual hotel cancellation policies before confirming your reservation. Each property’s deposit policies are different.

NOTE: *If you are booking a stay outside of the event block please make sure to review the cancellation policy more closely as many alternative rates are third-party rates and will be non-cancelable non-modifiable once booked.

Immediately after confirming your reservations on the Event Hotel Booking Portal, you will receive an email from Hotels for Hope confirming your hotel reservations. Because Hotels for Hope is managing our event hotel reservations, the HOST HOTELS may not have your reservations until after the cut off date. Therefore, if you call the hotel directly to try to confirm your reservations with them, they will most likely not have your reservations in their system yet.

Once the hotel has received your reservations, you will receive another email with the actual hotel confirmation number.

Have questions or need assistance with your reservations?

Contact: Hotels for Hope
Phone: (512) 691-9555
Email: reservations@hotelsforhope.com

Mon.–Fri.: 8:00 AM–5:30 PM, CST
Be sure to leave your NAME, WHICH EVENT YOU ARE CONTACTING THEM ABOUT, and YOUR CONFIRMATION # when you email or if you are calling after business hours.