News Release
City Services

October 4, 2012

35th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runs Through Chicago Neighborhoods on Sunday

Notre Dame vs. Miami at Soldier Field and Columbus Day Parade also Impacting Weekend Traffic

Delores Robinson    OEMC News Affairs 312.746.9454


Chicago – As the 35th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon runs through Chicago neighborhoods on Sunday, October 7, 2012, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) urges residents, visitors, spectators and participants to be aware of traffic impacts and to be cognizant of weather and race conditions and take necessary safety precautions.

“Extensive planning and the collaboration is part of hosting any large-scale Chicago event and public safety is of paramount importance,” said Gary W. Schenkel, OEMC Executive Director.

“We encourage all participants and spectators to be alert, pay attention to any announcements by officials on race day and be prepared for any change in weather conditions that can impact their health or safety.”

Weather conditions, at this point, for the Marathon course appear to be fair, with sunshine and temperatures expected to be in the 50s.

To alleviate congestion of this year’s participants, the Chicago Marathon will start in two waves.Wave one will step off at 7:30 am and wave two will step off at 8:00 am. This change will extend the time of the last participants approximately 20 minutes.

With 45,000 participants from all 50 states and runners from over 100 countries participating in the marathon, many street closures and parking restrictions are required. Some street and lane closures are already in place in the Grant Park area including Columbus from Roosevelt Road to Balbo Drive and Balbo Drive from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive.

Motorists can expect additional closures on Jackson, Balbo, Columbus, Congress, Monroe and Roosevelt Road throughout the week. Street closures along the route will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. on race day and all city streets are anticipated to be reopened by 4:30p.m. or when it is deemed safe to do so. The race route extends north to Addison Street, west to Damen Avenue and south to 35th Street.

Additional parking restrictions are in effect along the course beginning early Sunday morning.For public safety, the towing of vehicles along the course and other posted “No Parking Zones”will be strongly enforced. Residents are encouraged to read signage before parking in the area and to call 311 to locate a towed vehicle.

Due to the sold-out Notre Dame versus Miami game at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 6,Chicago residents and visitors can expect additional traffic on streets near the stadium during Saturday afternoon and evening. To help traffic flow for those attending the game, Jackson eastbound lanes will remain open despite other closures in preparation for the marathon.

On Monday, downtown traffic will be impacted by the annual Columbus Day parade, which steps off at noon on Columbus Drive and runs from Balbo to Monroe.

As always, public transportation is encouraged for these events. For more information on CTA services and reroutes, visit, or call 836-7000 or 1-888-YOUR-CTA.

As in previous years for the Marathon, the Chicago Police Department will facilitate traffic flow and enforcement.

OEMC’s Operation Center will monitor this event and will also issue Notify Chicago alerts regarding street closures and race updates to subscribers. To register for Notify Chicago, go to .

For more route and marathon information, see



The Office of Emergency Management was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 311 and 911 Communications Operations. OEMC is also the host to Notify Chicago, a resource for residents to subscribe to receive text and voice alerts related to traffic disruptions, severe weather, health and major incidents. For more information visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook at