The CARA VIP Experience

2017 CARA Marathon VIP

The VIP Experience is an exclusive area just for Marathon runners, friends and family and is located at the Palmer House Hilton in the Exhibit Hall. It's a comfortable start to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a fun post-race atmosphere to re-unite, featuring food, beer, and a convenient location!

Location:  Palmer House Hilton in the Exhibit Hall (17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603)

Event Times: 5:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

  • Doors open at 5:30a.m. 
  • Food and beer closes at 3:30p.m.
  • Gear check closes at 4:00p.m. (All bags left behind will be taken to the CARA office.)


  • Comfortable indoor climate controlled space to relax pre and post race 
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • Hassle Free Private Gear Check
  • Pre-race hydration: water/Gatorade
  • Accesss to CARA's private Port-A-Potties near the start corrals
  • Post-race Amenities:
    • Stretching and injury prevention screenings provided by NovaCare Rehabilitation
    • Lagunitas Beer
    • Snacks and food
    • FREE finisher medal engraving
    • And more!

Access / Registration:  

  • 2017 CARA Summer Marathon Training Participants:  Access to CARA VIP with your training program shoe tag. No additional registeration is required.
  • CARA Members and Public: CARA members and the public may purchase access to CARA VIP through the registration link below.

Please remember, family and friends are welcome to come in after the final start wave has begun at 8:00a.m., but before the race the CARA VIP Experience space is reserved for runners only. Ammenities are reserved for only those with a shoe tag throughout the event.

Want to get a friend or family member in early before the start?  Have them volunteer for the VIP Experience (Details Coming Soon).

For more information call 312-666-9836 or register by clicking below.


CARA Members Early Bird*


CARA Non-Members Early Bird*


Expo Day CARA Members (Cannot Purchase online)


Expo Day CARA Non-Members (Cannot Purchase online)


Marathon Training Program Participants


*Early Bird pricing is available until Wednesday, October 5th at 11:59pm. Once Early Bird pricing ends the CARA VIP Experience is available for purchase only during Expo Day at the pricing listed above.  Access shoe tags will be available for pick-up only at CARA's booth at the Marathon Expo.  There is no race morning tag pick up.


Future CARA Mararthon VIP locations:

  • 2018: TBD
  • 2019: Palmer House Hilton
  • 2020: Palmer House Hilton 

Future locations subject to change


Marathon VIP Experience Sponsors