Date: Saturday, April 15 - Monday, April 17
Time: 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
Location: Upper Hutchinson Field, Grant Park, Chicago
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Address: 900 S. Columbus Drive
Chicago IL
Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America
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Hey! Can you spare some change? Puns aside, there will be no nickel & diming when the Chicago Quarter Marathon, celebrating its fourth year in 2017, moves to its NEW LOCATION at Columbus and Balbo on the south end of Grant Park. (In past years, it was held outside Soldier Field.)

This truly unique 6.55-mile sprint along the city’s scenic lakefront is one of the first warm-weather runs of the year. All participants receive a finisher medal. And to top things off, there’s also course route entertainment plus a post-race party featuring more entertainment and a few other goodies.

For those looking to celebrate the spring, the Chicago Quarter Marathon is a one-of-a-kind (and fun!) running challenge.


The first 750 full-priced paid registrants ($40.25+) receive a FREE Chicago Quarter hat! Even if you already registered, don’t worry, you’ll receive one! OR purchase one for only $10!

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Registration Fees

First 25 registrants pay only a quarter (this is NOT a typo!)
Next 225 registrants: $25

General Registration

  • Through January 25: $40.25 (includes free packet shipping)
  • Through March 25: $45.25 (option to add packet shipping for $10 -- expires March 20)
  • After March 25/Race Day: $50.25

Shirt sizes will be limited for race-day registrants. Register early to ensure proper size!

What's Included in the Registration Fee

  • Register before January 26 and we'll mail your packet (bib & swag) at no additional charge.
  • $10 mailing option available from January 26 to March 25.
  • All paid participants receive embroidered swag. See below!
  • Course entertainment to keep you motivated!
  • Enjoy a post-marathon celebration with treats and live entertainment!
  • All participants will receive a finisher medal!

Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up Information

Road Runner Sports
1435 N Kingsbury St | Chicago (map)
(312) 600-9707
Free Parking Available!

Wednesday April 12 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday April 13 - from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Swag Information

Okay, this may not have been intentional, but each participant will receive an official gray quarter-zip fleece (embroidered!) at the Chicago Quarter Marathon. Make sure to choose the correct size as exchanges will not be permitted.

Click Here for MENS sizing information.

Click Here for WOMENS sizing information.

Course Map

This 6.55 mile out-and-back course heads south along the lakefront. Click Here to download a 2017 course map. Please note: course subject to change

About the Beneficiary: Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure that all children have the great childhood they deserve because our children are our future. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and over 630 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 38 states, the U.S. Territories and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.

Now go the extra distance for the healthy development of our nation's children by making a gift to Prevent Child Abuse America, the event's official charitable beneficiary. Thank you for your support!

Frequently Asked Questions

Did I read correctly, the first 25 registrants pay only $.25 for their registration?
Yes, this is correct. However, please do not expect to get this deal! While a lucky 25 do get to take advance, the 2016 event saw this deal disappear in 10 seconds. However, the next 225 pay only $25 and after that, full price ($40.25) registrants receive a complimentary beanie when they register on November 25. So everyone wins in some way!

Can I pick up packets for others?
Yes, you definitely can. However, we limit non-scheduled picking up to five total. If you have more than five you're planning on picking up, please email to make arrangements. This not only saves your time but it saves the time of others also picking up.

I cannot make any of the packet pick-up dates, can I pick-up on race day?
The short answer is yes, we'll make arrangement. However, we HIGHLY recommend that you arrange to have someone pick-up your packet in advance. If you register prior to January 25, you packet will be mailed at no additional charge (from January 26-March 25, pay only $10).

I'm injured and cannot participant! What do I do?
We're sorry to hear about your injury and hope you feel better. First, also keep in mind that this race benefits Prevent Child Abuse America -- so your money goes to a great organization regardless! While we do not offer refunds, we do offer options. Please contact for more details.

I followed the jacket sizing and it still doesn't fit, can I exchange for a different size?
We order VERY limited quantities to keep extras at a minimum however, if--after the race--your size is available (and you haven't worn or washed your jacket), we should be able to exchange it. This can be done at the packet pick-up tent.

Do you allow strollers or pets on the course?
We do! But please stay to the back to ensure the safety of others.

I won is my age group but wasn't able to stick around for the amazing post-race celebration, will my award be mailed?
Unfortunately, you must be present at the post-race celebration to receive your age-group award.

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Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!

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Try SpotHero today! To reserve your parking spot for this event, visit the Grant Park SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Chicago -- learn more here.

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Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Still Have Logistics Questions?

If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact Matt Perez or call 773-868-3010 ext 243.