Jul 20 2014

Chicago: Road Closures

Information on this page is for the 2013 Xsport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality is available.  Information on the 2014 event will be provided in Spring 2014. Information provided on this page is subject to change.

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Be Aware. Plan Ahead.

Drivers are encouraged to adjust travel time within and around the race course.

  • The XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half  Marathon presented by HumanaVitality will bring more than 20,000 runners and walkers to Chicago, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.
  • To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.
  • Join the festivities! Chicago residents are encouraged to visit the free Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place, volunteer during race weekend and/or line the course to cheer runners.

Road Closures

Most road closures and detours will be in effect between the hours of 6:00 am and 11:15 am. At 6:00 am, Police and event personnel may implement a soft closure along the entire race course. At most points along the course, pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the course during safe gaps in runners. Please follow the discretion of a traffic controller if present. After the race starts at 6:15 am the streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route. Please review the course map and road closure grid for more information. Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.

Interactive Road Closure Map

This map outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes and provides access information for popular destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race. At most points along the course, pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the course during safe gaps in runners. Please follow the discretion of a traffic controller if present. Google Maps does NOT take into account the road closures on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon community relations team by completing the community contact form.

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Alternate Access Routes

Alternate Routes to Museum Campus:
Roads near Museum Park will be closed between 6:00 and 11:00 am.  The Lake Shore Drive off ramps for 18th Street will be closed during this time. To access Museum Campus during this time use the alternate directions below.
To enter Museum Campus:
•    From Northbound Lake Shore Drive:
Turn right on E Waldron Drive and proceed to parking.
•    From Southbound Lake Shore Drive:
Continue past the Museum Campus and exit at Oakwood Blvd.
Turn left on E Oakwood Blvd, and left to merge onto US41N/S Lake Shore Drive.
Turn right on E Waldron Drive and proceed to parking.
To exit Museum Campus:
•    Use E McFetridge Drive to access northbound Lake Shore Drive.
•    For access to southbound LakeShore Drive make a U-turn at E Balbo Avenue.

Alternate Routes to 31st Street Harbor:
To enter 31st Street Harbor:
•    From Northbound Lake Shore Drive:
•    Exit on 31st and turn right for harbor parking.
•    From Southbound Lake Shore Drive:
•    Continue past 31st Street exit which will be closed to Harbor Access and exit at Oakwood Blvd.
•    Turn left on E Oakwood Blvd, and left to merge onto US41N/S Lake Shore Drive.
•    Exit on 31st Street
To exit 31st Street Harbor:
•    Use westbound access lane on 31st St for access to southbound Lakeshore Drive.

Alternate Routes for Residents of South Loop, Near South Side and Bronzeville
Roads near your residence will be closed between 6:00 and 10:30 am. During this time, please use the alternate access routes detailed below.
Inbound:
•    Use the Stevenson/I-55 eastbound.  Exit at Martin Luther King Dr.
•    Exit southbound Lake Shore Dr at 31st St. Turn right (north) on Martin Luther King Dr. Note: The northbound Lake Shore Dr exit at 31st will be closed from 6:00 to 10:30 am.
Outbound:
•    Take Martin Luther King Dr north to access the Stevenson/I-55 westbound.
•    From Cermak Rd, go north on Calumet Ave, S. Prairie Ave or S. Indiana Ave.
•    From northbound Indiana Ave, turn left (west) on E. Roosevelt Rd, then turn right (north) on S. Michigan Ave to continue to points north.

No Parking

Streets along the race route will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.”  Please adhere to the dates and times posted; all zones will be enforced.  View a complete list of no-park zones here.

For More Information

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