Budget Friendly Hotel on Wolf Point of Chicago River
If you’re looking to save a few dollars on your lodging, consider the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. It’s a nice hotel located on Wolf Point of the Chicago River, and it’s not terribly far from the starting line (1.3 miles). Taking the El or a bus from here to the starting line isn’t a straight shot, so on marathon morning, you may find it easier to grab a cab, Uber or Lyft to at least get you closer.
I have been running since the first grade. Running is still my BFF! The 2018 Chicago Marathon was my 100th marathon and my 24th time running Chicago. (And during my first one, I thought, “Never again.” After I finished, I changed my tune to, “What else can I do?”) Since then, I’ve competed in marathons all over the world and I’m a huge proponent of racecations. I believe the best way to see another city is on your feet. I most recently published my first book, “Me, You & 26.2: Coach Denise’s Guide to Get You To Your First Marathon.” The book echoes what I tell my coaching clients, whether I’ve been helping them get to their first mile or their first 100 miler. (As an Amazon Associate, Racertrips LLC earns from qualifying purchases.) I’m fueled by pizza and doughnuts, which you’ll see on our Best Restaurants in Chicago page.