Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chicago: Information

I put together some information for all of us. I've also made copies of train schedules, start/finish area maps, observer and participant guides that I'll bring along with me.

Presidential Towers (Christopher, Emily, Jennifer, Sara?, Sally, and Justin)
Address: 555 West Madison, Chicago IL 60661
Phone: 866.273.0973

Hilton Chicago (Mary Ann, Betsy and Molly)
Address: 720 South Michigan, Chicago IL 60605
Phone: 312.922.4400

Expo / Packet Pickup: Friday 9a - 8p & Saturday 9a - 6p
Place: McCormick Place Convention Center: North Building, Hall B1
Address: 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive
Directions: - Public Transportation (From Apartments):
  1. Take a cab to Wrigley square (North Michigan Ave & East Randolph Street)
  2. Take Train ME (Metra Electric) South - Millennium Station to McCormick Place Station (7 Minutes) - Departure Times (assuming Saturday) - f = flag stop: must signal conductor to stop (9:15a, 9:20a f, 10:20a, 11:15a, 11:20a f, 12:20p, 1:15a f, 1:20p, 2:20p, 3:05p f, 3:10p, 3:30p)
  3. Walk west towards McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Train Return: North - McCormick Place Station to Millennium Station (9 Minutes - Departure Times (assuming Saturday) - (9:51a, 9:59a, 10:51a, 11:51a, 11:59a, 12:51p, 1:51p, 1:59p, 2:51p, 3:51p, 3:59p)
Participant guide is your confirmation ticket, don’t forget it
Must pickup packets before race: No race day pickups
Get packet, then go to D-Tag Verification stations to test it
Get participant bag. Need this bag to check in your stuff on race day, also has the T-Shirt!

Holy Crap, Need Stuff:
Nike (Niketown) - all the running crap you need: 669 North Michigan Ave (take a cab)
CVS stores are everywhere downtown - one block north east from Presidential Towers on West Washington and Clinton:

Topolobampo - Mexican (Rick Bayless) @ 5:30p
445 North Clark Street - take a cab

Café Spiagia @ 7:00p
980 N Michigan Ave - take a cab

Table Fifty-Two @ 5:30p
52 West Elm Street - take a cab

Race Day
Race Starts @ 7:30a
Directions: - Public Transportation (From Apartments)
  1. Walk east to North Clinton, Walk North on Clinton to West Lake (3 blocks or about 10 minutes)
  2. Clinton-Green Station (L train) - look up!
  3. Take Pink Line: Direction = Loop (5 stops) to Adams/Wabash Station (~ 6 minutes) - (5:12a, 5:27a, 5:42a, 5:57a, 6:12a, 6:27a, 6:40a - then every 12 minutes after 6:40a)
  4. Walk East towards South Michigan (Can’t miss it from there)
  • Train Return: Take Green Line: Direction: Harlem/Lake or Madison/Wambash (next station) - Runs every 12-13 minutes before 12:00p: every 10 minutes after 12:00p
Misc Crud
NBC 5 local TV station will have coverage
SportsRadio 670AM will have coverage


  1. I guess the whole world knows where we are staying! ha! Krasner is staying with me. Will be finding the CVS -- need my oatmeal and banana fix Sunday morning! 9 days and counting!!

  2. GOOD LUCK ALL! Take a lot of pictures!!! So proud of all of you!!!!

  3. I am SO late to the party with regards to this blog! I wish I would have started it! We are staying at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Our son has a soccer game that morning at then we hit the road. Can't wait to meet you all and feed off your energy!!!

  4. This is Sara!

    Hey there! It was so great to meet you all! I have some photos and thought it might be fun to post them here. Is there someone I should email them to???