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Conveniently located for the great Chicago races

Chicago’s Essex Inn is on Michigan Avenue, just a few steps from Grant Park. Many of Chicago’s great lakefront races, marathons, fun runs, triathlons, charity runs, races and running events start within a few blocks of the hotel.

We are the best Chicago hotel for runners because:

  • We are conveniently located for the Chicago Marathon, just across the street from the finish line!
  • We support the runners and their fans. If you are staying at the Essex Inn you can come by the lobby before your loved one crosses the finish line and create a sign for them!
  • Our guests are a short distance from Soldier Field, Lincoln Park, Navy Pier and Lakeshore East Park.
  • Runners can load up on carbs before the big race at our delicious hotel restaurant, Brasserie by LM.
  • We’re offering runners an exclusive Fleet Feet Sports store coupon – $10 off a $50 purchase
  • The Essex Inn also offers great extras to help you warm up before the big race, like our free fitness center and pool.
  • With our unbeatable location in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Essex Inn is a runners’ top pick for the best hotel to kick off your running shoes and relax.

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The Essex Inn is the best Chicago hotel for these running races and events

  • Chicago’s Perfect 10, Nov 9, 2013 – Navy Pier
  • Chicago 8K Turkey Chase, Nov 28, 2013 – Lakeshore East Park
  • Grant Park Turkey Trot 5K, Nov 30, 2013 – Grant Park
  • Rudolph Ramble 8K, Dec 15, 2013 – Lincoln Park
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct 12, 2014 – Essex Inn is right by the finish line!

The Chicago Marathon Hotel

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is on October 12, and Chicago’s Essex Inn is perfectly located for Marathon runners just across the street from the finish line!

We love the Chicago Marathon! The hotel restaurant offers delicious options for carb loading before the big race. We set up a sign making station in the lobby, so guests at the Essex Inn can make signs to congratulate the runners as they cross the finish line. Our free fitness center and pool are a great way to warm up for the race, and of course our comfortable hotel rooms and suites are the best place to relax and recover once you have finished running. We’ve also partnered with Fleet Feet Sports in Chicago to offer you an exclusive discount on their range of sports footwear, apparel and accessories.

If you feel like taking in some sights while you are in town for the race you can’t beat the Essex Inn for a Chicago hotel with a great central location. Chicago’s finest attractions are within walking (and running!) distance. The hotel is near the Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, John Hancock Observatory and The Art Institute of Chicago. We’re minutes from the shops and restaurants on The Magnificent Mile and we offer a free shuttle downtown if you’d rather take a ride than walk. Ask for schedule at reception.

Make the Essex Inn your hotel base for all your Chicago running events.

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Fantastic Chicago hotel deals and packages

We have some of the best priced hotel rooms in Chicago and some fantastic free extras to make your visit to Chicago special:

  • Free rooftop pool
  • Free fitness center
  • Free shuttle to Museum Campus & The Magnificent Mile, see schedule at reception
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Essex Inn is the home of Chicago hotel deals and our Chicago vacation packages are your passport to the sights, shows and experiences of Chicago. No need to stand in long lines and pay a premium. If you are coming to Chicago for a running event or a big race, make a real event out of it and check out our fantastic range of hotel packages including family vacation packages, romantic Chicago hotel specials and more.

If you are looking for things to do in Chicago, look no further than Chicago’s Essex Inn.

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