Location / Travel

The start is easily accessible from Lakeshore Drive and free street parking is plentiful within the park.

Start Location:

Wilson Parking Lot @ Montrose Beach

(Corner of Wilson Dr. & Lakeshore Dr.)

GPS Search: Wilson Skate Park

Grove 19A/B @ Jackson Park

(Corner of Hayes Dr. & Lakeshore Dr.)


GPS Search: Jackson Park Grove 19a & b

Finish Location:
Post-Run Runner Transport

After the run, buses will be transporting runners between the finish line (Jackson Park) and the starting line, with an additional stop downtown. Runners will be able to board a bus near the finish line anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Buses will depart approximately every 15 minutes.


Runners should park near the start. Carpooling is encouraged. Free street parking is available within the park on Montrose Ave., Simonds Dr., Lawrence Ave. and Foster Ave. The Wilson Lot by the start is closed at this time due to Weiss Hospital construction parking. See parking map HERE.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation and carpooling is encouraged. 

Public Transit: The following bus lines will get you near the start; 78-Montrose, 81-Lawrence, 145-Wilson/Michigan, and 146-Marine/Michigan. Be sure to check the bus schedule with your desired departure time. The 145 and 146 routes start running later on the weekends. You may also take the Red-Line Train to Wilson and head east about one mile to the start.​

Ride Share:

Those traveling to the event by rideshare should NOT drop off inside the Wilson Lot. Rideshare drivers should drop off east of the parking lot entrance on Wilson Dr. or Simonds Dr.


A Divvy station is located near the start at the corner of Montrose Ave. and Montrose Harbor Dr., and near the finish at Hayes Dr. and Lake Shore Dr.


Tel: 312-666-9836


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