The Best Chicago Hotels and Guest Suites for Your Marathon Trip
Like any large city, there are a million places to stay in Chicago. And it can be time consuming to narrow down your options or find that one gem that all the locals know about.
That's why we tasked our Chicago Ambassadors with recommending lodging based on their own experiences, proximity to starting line, the overall ambiance of the hotel, the neighborhood its in, and the amenities.
While we have several recommendations near the starting line, we're also featuring hotels that are a little bit farther away. With the El (the local city train), it's pretty easy to get to and from the starting line on race day. There's no need to stay right at the starting line, unless you really want to!
While cost was also a consideration for our recommendations, we also know that prices increase dramatically for marathon weekend. Do yourself a favor and book early!
(** Quick Notes: We've included "Distance to the Starting Line" with each listing. This is the distance to the official starting point of the race at Monroe Street and Columbus Drive—the point where you finally get to start running. But due to the size of the race, the Chicago Marathon uses starting corrals A through L for wave starts. These corrals are laid out south of the starting line and cover a sizable swath of ground. Depending on your starting corral, the distance from your hotel to the "starting point" will vary.)
(We only write about hotels, lodging and accommodations that have been recommended by Racertrips™ Ambassadaors. However, Racertrips LLC is a Booking.com affiliate and may earn commission on qualifying reservations.)
Best Chicago Hotels Near the Starting Line
- Map It: 520 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605
- Call: 312-427-3800
- Distance to Starting Line: 0.6 Miles
- Map It: 5 East Harrison Street, Chicago Loop, Chicago, IL 60605
- Call: 312-574-3335
- Distance to Starting Line: 0.7 Miles
Best Hotels for the Budget
- Map It: 10233 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
- Call: 847-954-8600
- Distance to Starting Line: 18.3 Miles | Map out your travel route carefully before marathon morning and allot extra time. Your two easiest options: Take a cab, Uber or Lyft all the way into the city or just to the nearby Rosemont CTA station (mass transit). From there, take the Blue Line downtown to the Monroe station. The starting line is a short walk from here.
- Map It: 19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
- Call: 312-940-3699
- Distance to Starting Line: 1.1 Miles | Want to save your legs a bit on marathon morning? Take the Red Line (toward 95th/Dan Ryan) from Grand and State Avenues to the Monroe Avenue stop. Follow the crowd from there east toward the starting corrals.
- Map It: 350 W. Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654
- Call: 312-836-5000
- Distance to Starting Line: 1.3 Miles
Best Hotels for Families and Friends
If you want lodging that is reasonably priced and feels more like a condo than a hotel, we highly recommend Dewitt Hotel and Suites. All of their accommodations are studios or one-bedroom apartments complete with full kitchens, and there's an indoor pool and fitness center. This is ideal for families or friends who want to save time and money by "dining in" on occasion. On top of that, Dewitt is located on a quiet street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, just two blocks from Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place, the lake front and much more. The starting line is a straight shot down Michigan Avenue. Rates at Dewitt tend to be comparable to or lower than other nearby hotels, and you get more space. We think it's a win-win-win for value, space and location.
To save your legs on race morning, consider a short cab, Lyft or Uber ride or walking west to State Street and Chicago Avenue, taking the Red Line south (toward 95th/Dan Ryan), and then exiting at Monroe station. There are buses that service Michigan Avenue, but we don't recommend them after 6:30 am on marathon day because of re-routes and other understandable delays.
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- Distance to Starting Line: Varies
Best Luxury Hotel Accommodations
- Map It: 21 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 606113
- Call: 312-266-2100
- Distance to Starting Line: 1.7 Miles | On marathon morning, we recommend walking 0.4 miles to the Chicago Red Line station. Take the El south (toward Dan Ryan/95th) and exit at the Monroe Street station.
Best Neighborhood Accommodations
- Map It: 528 W Brompton Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
- Call: 773-404-3499
- Distance to Starting Line: 5.5 Miles | 40-50 Minutes by Train (Take the Red Line from Addison to Monroe Street.)
- Map It: 644 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
- Call: 773-525-7010
- Distance to Starting Line: 4.3 Miles | 40-50 Minutes by Train (Take the Brown Line at Diversey. Transfer at Fullerton to the Red Line. Exit at Monroe Street.
City Suites Chicago is a great place to stay if you want to be in a bustling neighborhood, experience a smaller boutique hotel, be near the train and have your cheer squad close to the marathon route. City Suites is in the popular Lakeview neighborhood, where you'll be spoiled for restaurants that offer delicious food with a more reasonable price tag than many downtown eateries. If you like baseball, you're within walking distance of Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville, although we suspect the powers that be won't have playoff games and the marathon going on in the same weekend. Our LGBTQI readers will also love this hotel given its proximity to Boystown. On marathon morning, your cheer squad can easily walk 2 blocks to Broadway and cheer you on between Miles 8 and 9. Then they can jump on the Red Line and meet you back in the Loop or points west or south.
- Map It: 933 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
- Call: 773-404-3400
- Distance to Starting Line: 4.9 Miles | 20-30 Minutes by Train (The Red Line Belmont stations is right there. Take the Red Line south to (toward Dan Ryan/95th) and exit at the Monroe Street station. Follow the crowd east from there to the starting corrals.
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