NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with complete 2018 race coverage beginning at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 right here.Not able to make it to Chicago to watch your favorite runners cross the finish line in person?We’ve got you covered.In celebrating the 40th anniversary race, the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon earned a new kind of victory.The race generated a record-setting $338 million in estimated business impact for Chicago, the largest amount ever generated by the marathon. It also marks the first time the
Goose Island was founded in Chicago in 1988, and has been a consistent supporter of the local sports and fitness community. In April, the brewery announced their official craft beer partnership with the Chicago White Sox. In 2015, Goose Island donated a portion of every Green Line Pale Ale pint sold to Chicago’s 606 trail and park system.As a sponsor of the marathon, Goose Island has celebrated the race for years. In 2016, innovation brewer Tim Faith completed the Chicago Marathon in 3:12 while wearing bib number 312. After finishing the race, Faith held a can of Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale for a photo.
The race starts in Grant Park. It then heads into the Loop – a modern business and retail district- before making its way to Lincoln Park and past Lincoln Zoo. If you’re lucky you may also catch a glimpse of Wrigley Field home of the Chicago Cubs. Soon, you’ll reach the 10 mile point with a hard-to-miss Elvis impersonator on a massive stage. The next two miles take you through the Old Town neighborhood, after which you will cross the river to the half-way mark near the Old St. Patrick’s Church.
The inward 13 miles is always tough, but there are still sights to see in this stretch. The next 7 miles takes winds though a number of different areas including Greek Town, Pilsen, Little Italy and Chinatown. After Chinatown you will reach Bronzeville, Chicago’s black neighbourhood, at 23 miles. Almost home. On the last 3 miles you will pass through downtown Chicago once more, passing Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears, then Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium before the relief and joy of the finish line back in Grant Park