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Chicago Half Marathon

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Hit the pavements of Chicago and race through the heart of the Windy City! You’ll start in historic Jackson Park, and wind through the Hyde Park neighbourhood and University of Chicago campus, along Chicago’s south Lake Shore Drive, taking in the staggering views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline. Whether you’re chasing a PB, or simply want a memorable weekend – the 2024 Chicago Marathon experience awaits you at the 27th Annual Lifetime Chicago Half Marathon.

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The Ultimate American City Break

The ultimate running city break includes meet-and-greet drinks with your fellow runners, a guided 5km shakeout run, and celebratory drinks with the team!

Chicago is known for its jaw-dropping architecture, towering skyscrapers, vibrant music scene, amazing food (including deep-dish pizza) and iconic neighbourhoods.

Included in your package

  • 3 or 4 night stay at the 4* Gwen Hotel
  • Return coach on race day to the start and from the finish
  • Access to our VIP tent in the hospitality area of the start/finish area
  • 5km guided shakeout run on Saturday
  • Meet and greet drinks on Friday evening
  • Post-race drinks on Sunday evening
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The Gwen Michigan Avenue Chicago Half
The Gwen Michigan Avenue Chicago Half

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is a sculptural masterpiece, exuding the vintage glamour of Chicago’s 1930s prime with contemporary elegance, offering on-site activations and celebrations for every season. The iconic Art Deco-infused facade was meticulously crafted by pioneering sculptress Gwen Lux — one of the few women in the field at the time, paving her way unabashedly. Centrally situated in the historic McGraw-Hill Building, Michigan Avenue’s dazzling skyline frames The Gwen with unparalleled views and places you in the heart of the excitement that awaits below. And as spectacular as this storied landmark looks from the city’s bustling streets, it’s all the more enchanting inside. Join us to see why The Gwen continues to be recognized as the best hotel in Chicago and among the top hotels in the world.

Amenities:

Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WIFI)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
VIP room facilities
Iron
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films

3 nights
£819
4 nights
£1009

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27 September

arrival day

Arrive into Chicago by your own travel means and make your way to the Gwen hotel. Upon arrival at your hotel you will be welcomed by a Sports Tours International rep who will be in the hotel reception at various times throughout the day and evening. After hotel check in and time permitting, head to the marathon expo to collect your race bib. In the evening, we are hosting a meet and greet, a perfect opportunity for solo travellers to meet fellow Sports Tours runners.

28 September

5k shakeout run and expo day

Today, join our reps for our gentle 5k shakeout run through the surrounding area of Chicago. If you didn’t attend the marathon expo yesterday, today is your final day to do so. Please bring your passport with you as ID. The rest of the day is for you to explore everything that Chicago has on offer.

29 September

race day!

Today is race day! We will provide a coach to take you from your hotel to the start line of the Half Marathon. You will also have exclusive access to our VIP tent in the hospitality area of the start/finish area. The coach will then be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.

This evening we will be holding Post Marathon drinks to celebrate your achievement!

30 April

Hotel check out is 12.00. You will then make your own way back to the airport for your onward or return journey. Please note flights are not included and must be booked independently.

Marathon entry fee +

£88

5K entry fee +

£35

Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

Do you cater for children? +

Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

Can I extend my stay along the way? +

Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

How can I pay for my holiday? +

Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

Do I need travel insurance? +

Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

Can I travel on my own? +

Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

What is twin to share? +

On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

Is the entry guaranteed? +

All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

Do I need to pay a deposit? +

A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

When will I receive my tickets? +

Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

What is included in the price? +

What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

What is not included in the price? +

What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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