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BOA Chicago Marathon - 13 Oct '24 (MAM07)

BOA Chicago Marathon - 13 Oct '24
UAE Runners Click Here

BOA Chicago Marathon - 13 Oct '24 (MAM07)

Country Visited: U.S.A
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  • 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 trip using a hotel that is close to the start and finish of the race. While our choices are 3 and 4 nights stay, we strongly recommend that choose the 4 nights stay or at least arrive earlier in the week, so you feel the best on race day! 
Known for it’s flat and fast course, this run has four world records, including the Kiptum's record for the fastest Marathon at 2:00:35 which was set in 2023. 

Here's 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! 



  • 3 Nights/4 Nights stay at an unbeatable location minutes from the race start and finish  
  • Guaranteed Race Entry to BOA Chicago Marathon
  • Orientation Shake-Out Run to the Start & Finish Line 


  • Networking Chicago Architecture Cruise 
  • One way transfer to the expo 


  • Race Day Early Breakfast
  • Complimentary Tea / coffee at the Club Lounge  

Active Holiday Company Value Add-Ons:

  • Services of an experienced Active Holiday Company representative for ground assistance (we have hosting runners at this race since 2014!).
  • Active Holiday Company World Marathon Majors T-Shirt (With Race Entry only)



Day 1
Arrive - Chicago (Thursday) EXPO VISIT Open or Close

To complete your Chicago Marathon experience and to be completely ready for the race, we recommend that you arrive at Chicago by 3 pm latest.
On arrival in Chicago, make your way from the airport to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Windy City. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago amongst others. The expo is open till 6 pm today.
OPTIONAL this evening is a trip to one of Chicago's famous Jazz Bars (you will settle for your meal and drinks directly).
Meals: None

Day 2

At 8.30 am we head out for an orientation walk to familiarise ourselves with the start and the finish line.
In the afternoon we embark on the Chicago Architecture Cruise experience. Chicago is 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.
8.00 pm: Trip Briefing.
Meals: None

Day 3
Chicago (Saturday) 5K (optional) + EXPO VISIT Open or Close

At 7.30 am those registered for the 5K leave for the run. Others are welcome to do their own shakeout run.
You can return to the hotel at your convenience or take the bus back to the hotel.
Meals: None

Day 4
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.
Later today we get together to celebrate at a bar (buy your own drinks)
Meals: Race Day Take-Away Breakfast

Day 5
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! 



  • 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

A non-refundable deposit of INR 60,000 per person (for race participants) and INR 10,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation.

The following cancellation fees are applicable to your booking  
Cancellation period                              Charge 
Cancel on or before 30th Jun 2024     Non-refundable deposit 
Cancel on or after 01 Jul 2024           100% Payment 

Cancel on or before 30th Jun 2024     INR 15000.00
Cancel on or after 01 Jul 2024           100% Payment 

Cancel on or before 30th Jun 2024      No charge  
Cancel on 01 July - 15 Aug 2024         30% Payment
Cancel after 15 Aug 2024                    50% Payment 
Please note we hold limited rooms for our group and adding a companion later is subject to availability 

Race entry is not available without the package; however, the package can be booked without the race entry (non-runners prices apply). 
Entries are available on first come basis. 
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. 

If this is your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, check our FAQs to ensure you receive a six star medal at the finish.

All prices are based on USD INR ROE on 1st October 2023 and price is subject to revision should the exchange rate fluctuate drastically before full payment is made.

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.

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

After two years of refunding entries, offering deferrals at a small charge / no charge, all World Major Marathon races have gone back to the old policy of no refund on race entries. This is the condition even if the event cancels. However having held the event safely in 2021 chances that the event will cancel in 2022 are remote. While there are chances that travel may continue to be affected from certain countries with little or no notice should the event be cancelled for 2022, we will contact you as soon as we know and offer the options available to us if they are any different from 'no refund, no deferral'. The exact option available will depend on the race organiser. We may retain a small administrative fee to cover our expenses.

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. Our ability to offer a refund will depend on being able to transfer your entry and hotel bookings to another runner. However, this can’t be guaranteed.
As of June 2021 full cancellation applies if you are unable to travel for the race due to travel restrictions or 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 22 reviews)

  • Vinaya Datar

    Oct 2023

    Excellent arrangements. It’s a comfort to know that arrangements are made by Gauri and team. Post race is always a challenge to travel and Gauri has the choicest of hotels. Thank you.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Staying in downtown!!

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Completely reliable for runners!!

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    Thank you Gauri

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  • Amna Ahmed

    Oct 2023

    Had the most amazing experience with active holiday! Everything was taken care of from start to the finish. The hotel bookings, the stay, the location of the hotel. Everything was perfect! Looking forward to many more WM with active holiday!

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The architectural cruise planned by active holiday was absolutely phenomenal! Got to see the whole city from arty angles! Thank you Gauri for taking care of the finer details to give us an overall amazing experience!

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Dates & Prices

CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL - 3N/4D (11 Oct - 14 Oct 2024): 

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 165,000 INR 230,000  INR 95,000 INR 165,000


CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL - 4N/5D (10 Oct - 14 Oct 2024): 

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 1,21,900

INR 1,99,900


Extra Night charges:  Single, Double or Twin Occupancy basis
09th October & 14th October: INR 22,500 per room per night

All prices excludes GST and TCS. PAN Card and Passport are mandatory for bookings made in INR. 
A service charge of 3% is applicable on all online transactions.
Breakfast is not included. The price includes guaranteed entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2024

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