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Chicago Marathon Street Closures Begin Monday In Grant Park, Here’s The Full List Of Roads Closing

Closures around Grant Park begin 10 a.m. today in anticipation of the 44th Chicago Marathon this weekend.

Athletes pass the 15k mark of the Chicago Marathon near the intersection of Diversey, Clark and Broadway in Lakeview on Oct. 10, 2021.
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DOWNTOWN — The city is rolling out street closures in Grant Park area beginning Monday ahead of Chicago Marathon weekend.

Balbo from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be the first to close for Sunday’s marathon. Crews will shut it down at 10 a.m. It won’t reopen until 6 a.m. Oct. 12.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jackson from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will close until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

The larger group of race-day closures will begin at about 7 a.m. Sunday and end by 4:30 p.m. Sunday— or whenever city officials determine it is safe enough to fully reopen.

This weekend will see about 40,000 runners take to the streets for the 44th Chicago Marathon. The marathon course begins in Grant Park and steers through 29 Chicago neighborhoods before ending back in Grant Park.

Along with Sunday’s race, residents can also cheer on runners at the Abbott Chicago 5k Saturday. More information about the marathon and 5k race, including start times and locations, can be found on their respective websites.

Here’s a full list of the street closures:

Monday

  • Balbo from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive from 10 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12

Wednesday

  • Jackson from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10

4 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10

  • Balbo from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive
  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt to Ida B. Wells

4 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday

  • Jackson from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive
  • Ida B. Wells from Congress Plaza to Columbus Drive
  • Ida B. Wells from Michigan Avenue to Congress Plaza
  • Congress Plaza at Michigan Avenue from Van Buren to Harrison Streets 
  • Columbus Drive from Monroe Street to Jackson 
  • Columbus Drive from Jackson to Ida B. Wells

Saturday

  • Columbus Drive from Randolph to Monroe Street from 6 a.m. Saturday to noon Sunday
  • Monroe Street from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive from noon Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday
  • Monroe Street from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive from noon Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Roosevelt Road from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Dive from 11 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday

5k closures from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Oct. 8

  • Ida B. Wells Street, between Columbus and Congress Plaza
  • Congress Plaza, between Harrison and Van Buren 
  • Harrison, between Michigan and Franklin 
  • Franklin, between Harrison and Van Buren 
  • Van Buren., between Franklin and Wacker 
  • Wacker, between Van Buren and Dearborn
  • Jackson, between Wacker and Clark 

Sunday

  • Michigan Avenue from Madison to 9th Street from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Columbus Drive from McFetridge Drive to Roosevelt Road from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Michigan Avenue from 9th Street to Roosevelt Road from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

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