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BOA Chicago Marathon - 09 Oct '22 (MAM07)

BOA Chicago Marathon - 09 Oct '22
UAE Runners Click Here

BOA Chicago Marathon - 09 Oct '22 (MAM07)

Country Visited: U.S.A
Days Distance Race Type Price from Style
4 Full Marathon Abbott World Marathon Majors On Request Value Guided
  • Overview

  • Itinerary

  • Accommodation

  • Important Information

  • FAQs

  • Reviews

  • Dates & Prices


Get one step closer to the your six star World Marathon Major dream by running the Bank of America, Chicago Marathon. Elite athletes and everyday runners alike, from all 50 states in the US and more than 100 countries set out to accomplish a personal goal by reaching the finish line in Grant Park, Chicago. Active Holiday Company is the Official Tour Operator for this race and has put together a well researched three night trip using properties that are close to the start and finish of the race, so you can enjoy staying with friends and family the rest of the time, yet have all the convenience to do your best on race day! Known for it’s flat and fast course, this run has four world records and countless personal bests and is your chance to set your own record at one of the best organised racing events in one of the best cities in the US - the Windy City! 



  • Three nights 'Stay Only' accommodation, minutes from the start and finish point of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a hotel/hostel.
  • Guaranteed Race Entry to the Chicago marathon 
  • High-Tea Meet up with fellow runners to go over race day plans
  • Race Day Packed Breakfast 
  • Local Support from Active Holiday Company in Chicago 
  • Active Holiday Company - World Marathon Majors T-shirt.  






Day 1
Arrive - Chicago (Friday) Open or Close

On arrival in Chicago, make your way from the airport to the hotel. If you have the time you can visit the Expo and collect your runner’s bib. The details of how to visit the expo will be in your travel documents but you are in the heart of the city and a cab ride with fellow runners is the most economical and comfortable way to get to the expo.
Later today you are welcome to join us for a trip to one of Chicago's Jazz Bars (you can settle for your meal and drinks directly).

Meals: None

Day 2
Chicago (Saturday) Open or Close

If you are up early enough join us for a short run to familiarise yourself with the start and the finish line. Today is also the day for the 5K which is a big favourite with many of our runners.
You have the morning at leisure to explore the Windy City. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago amongst others.
In case you couldn’t make time to visit the expo yesterday, do so today.
Later in the evening you will have the chance to meet other runners who are running this iconic event. We will go over the details of the race day etc. You can pick up your runners breakfast at this event.

Meals: Hi-Tea

Day 3
Race Day! (Sunday) Open or Close

Race Day is finally here!
Known for its flat and fast course, the marathon starts and finishes in the iconic Grant Park and travels through the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent cities.

Meals: Race Day Breakfast

Day 4
Depart – Chicago (Monday) Open or Close

Having checked one of the World Major’s off your list, it’s time to head home today. You will need to make your own way to the airport.

Meal: None



Club Quarters Central Loop is a conveniently located busines hotel situated in the heart of Chicago's central business district, a bit over a kilometer from the finishing point of the race. A 2-minute walk from the subway, this lovely modern property offers flat-screen TVs, Keurig brewer with complimentary coffee & tea, and free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a fitness center, restaurant which is opened daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Perfect for runners we say! 

HI Chicago Hostel is a spacious hostel at the heart of Chicago with Grant Park just 600m away. Harrison subway station is at a walkable distance. The rooms have ensuite facilities and a kitchenette. Along with the 24/7 reception, great continental breakfast & free wifi, the hostel also conducts lots of free tours & activities where you can meet people from all walks of life.



  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions

  • The race entry is nonrefundable and nontransferable. No amendments are possible.

  • Non-refundable booking fees of INR 45,000 payable at the time of booking

  • PAYMENT : A complete registration form with a non-refundable deposit of INR 45,000 per person (for race participants) and INR 15,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before June 30th, 2021.

  • CANCELLATION: Cancellation on or before 30th June is subject to cancellation with the non-refundable deposit amount only. Cancellations on or after 1st July attracts 100% cancellation.

  • Race entry is not available without the stay, however, the stay can be booked without the race entry (non-runners prices apply). Race entry is available only for Indian nationals or other nationals residing in India.

  • Please do not apply for a slot with us and with the lottery before the ballot results are out. You will get charged twice and neither of the payments will be refunded. 

Before You Go

Things you need to know


Q.1 Is the race entry guaranteed if I book a package through Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

All of our World Marathon Major packages come with guaranteed race entry. However, with the cancellation of all 2020 races, in case of changes such as restrictions on the number of permitted participants due to a legal regulation, official order, for the protection of participants or for reasons beyond our control it is possible that your confirmed and guaranteed entry may be cancelled. In this case, we will communicate the options offered by the race organiser at that point. It will be our endeavour to communicate the most updated situation as clearly and as quickly as possible.

Q.2 What happens if the race is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak? Open or Close

With the vaccine being administered the chances of races not taking place towards the end of 2021 are low, however it is impossible to predict how things will pan out the next few months as travel may continue to be affected and nations may introduce new measures such as border closures etc. with little or no notice. Quarantine rules may also need you to budget for longer stays in other countries. Should the event be cancelled for 2021, we will contact you as soon as we know and offer the options available to us. Depending on the race organiser and these could be:
1. Moving your entry to the new event date or to next year
2. Offering you an entry to another race
3. A refund of your payments made to us
The exact option available will depend on the race organiser and refunds can be offered only if we receive the same from the event company. We may retain a small administrative fee to cover our expenses.
Unless specifically communicated by the race organisers at any point, it is assumed that the cancellation fees are applicable as per the cancellation policy explained under 'Important Information' tab.

Q.3 Will my travel insurance cover the cancellation fee in case of a cancellation - by my choice or on the event organisers part? Open or Close

The exact coverage will be detailed in the conditions of your insurance policy and we encourage you to check whether you can make a claim with them directly. Most Indian insurance providers cover a very small part of the cancellation fee.

Q.4 What if USA is subject to travel restrictions but the race is still taking place? Open or Close

If there are travel restrictions in place but the race is scheduled to take place as normal and you are unable to travel as scheduled, then our standard race cancellation policy will apply unless the race organisers offer us alternatives which can include the option to defer. Our ability to offer a refund will depend on being able to cancel your entry with the race organiser and hotel bookings with refunds. However, this can’t be guaranteed at this point.
As of June 2021 full cancellation applies if you are unable to travel for the race due to travel restrictions or participate in the event for any other reason. It is the runners responsibility to meet the quarantine requirements applicable at the time of the event.

Q.5 Can I book extra nights before or after the race? Open or Close

Please contact us if you’d like to add pre or post nights to your trip to your hotel stay in Chicago. This option is not available with the hostel. If you are booking your pre and post nights at the hotel directly please note that you will have to change your room by checking out of that room and checking in to the new room allocated for the group. Please do not request us or the hotel reception to allow you to continue staying in the same room if your booking has not been made as part of our group.

Q.6 This is my Sixth WMM, how do I receive a six star medal at the finish? Open or Close

If you have booked your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, please contact us so that we can guide you through the process and ensure you receive a medal at the finish.

Q.7 Can I check-in early? Open or Close

Check-in time is 3 pm on the day of arrival at both the hotel and the hostel. Early check-in is subject to availability at the time of arrival. The marathon weekend is a very busy time for all accommodations and if you are arriving early and you would like a room ready upon arrival you will need to book and pay for it from the previous night.

Q.8 Will I have to collect my own bib? Open or Close

Yes, all the World Major Marathons require that the participants attend the expo in person and collect their bibs. Your travel documents will contain detailed instructions on how to get to and from the expo from your hotel.

Q.9 What category of the accommodation included? Open or Close

Club Quarters Central Loop is a business hotel. It is chosen for its fabulous location and ease of access but all our runners also love the service and the rooms there. The hostel is even closer to the start and the finish and chosen to make it affordable for runners to run this race. Hostel rooms are mixed gender and are generally with 8 beds and an attached bathroom.

Q.10 I am a solo traveller, is it possible for me to find someone to share my room with? Open or Close

We have several single runners interested in sharing a room with another runner and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement. If you have a friend who is already on the group you'd like to share your room with please let us know your preference at the time of making the booking so we can pair you together

Q.11 Is it possible for me to buy just the race entry and make my own accommodation arrangements? Open or Close

As Tour Operators, we are required to sell the race entry along with accommodation. Our contract with the race does not permit us to sell a stand alone race entry.

Q.12 I’ve got the race entry through the Ballot/Charity, can I book the accommodation from Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

Yes, it is possible for you to stay with our marathon group if you already have the entry or if you are travelling with a non-running companion. However, please note that this will be at the same hotel as the rest of the group travelling on our package. We do not accept companions or runners with race entry for the hostel.

Q.13 I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade or change my accommodation? Open or Close

No, it is not possible for us to book your stay elsewhere. We plan our trips so that the whole group stays together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking.

Q.14 I cannot attend this race. Is it possible for me to transfer my registration to another runner? Open or Close

Chicago Marathon does not allow runners to transfer their spots to another runner. Entries are also non-refundable under all circumstances.

Q.15 Is it possible for me to defer my registration to the following year? Open or Close

Chicago Marathon does NOT allow runners to defer registrations to the following year.

Q.16 Will you be able to assist me with visas and air tickets? Open or Close

Yes, we can help you with visas and flight tickets for an additional charge. Please get in touch with us for details. The US visa does not need you to apply only within 90 days of travel so we suggest you get the visa out of the way at the earliest possible.

Q.17 What is the race day weather like? Open or Close

The cold does set in on Chicago by October and its difficult to predict the weather on race day here, as is the case anywhere else but you can expect anything between 6 to 17 degrees during this time of the year. Remember that the city is nick-named the Windy City for a very good reason!


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Overall score:

(Based on 6 reviews)

  • V V Satyanarayana Yannamani

    Oct 2018

    Chicago Marathon 2018

    It was really nice experience. Look forward to participate other WMMs in coming years with Active holidays
    Location of hotel near start line is what I liked most.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Pre-marathon run and photo session

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    May be friday night dinner before marathon should be part of the package. This helps all people meet together and enjoy the party together.

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers


    Read full review

    Oct 2018



    The ah-ha moment on the trip


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Dates & Prices

CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL - 3N/4D (8 Oct - 11 Oct, 2021): Sold Out

Per person on twin share
(With race entry)

Per person on a single room
(With race entry)

Per person on twin share
(Without race entry)

Per person on a single room
(Without race entry)

INR 107500

INR 147500 

INR 54500

INR 97500


HI CHICAGO HOSTEL (Mixed Gender Multi-Share Beds) - 3N/4D (08 Oct - 11 Oct 2021): INR 69,900 (Sold Out)

This price excludes GST and TCS applicable to Indian citizens.
Breakfast is not included in the package.
A service charge of 2% for Indian cards & 3.75% for International cards is applicable on all online transactions.
The price includes guaranteed entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2021.

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Why Run with Active Holiday Company

We are the region’s best known & most trusted Marathon Tour Operator. We are the official Tour Operators for the World Marathon Major Races. We are runners just like you!
  • Guaranteed Race Entry, no timing qualification

    Guaranteed Race Entry,
    no timing qualification

  • Well located accommodation that delivers value

    Well located accommodation
    that delivers value

  • Thoughtfully planned programs with runner ‘comforts’ included

    Thoughtfully planned programs with
    runner ‘comforts’ included

  • All logistics looked after, you focus on your race!

    All logistics looked after,
    you focus on your race!

  • Best in class service & 24/7 emergency support

    Best in class service &
    24/7 emergency support

  • Network with like-minded runners & companions

    Network with like-minded
    runners & companions

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