The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, held this year on the weekend of October 8-10, gave Chicago’s hotels and restaurants a critical boost in business. After 18 challenging months of coronavirus-related restrictions, the city’s dining and hospitality businesses are finally seeing some relief as they served the nearly 26,000 marathon participants.
The run was the first of the American Abbott World Marathon Majors to officially return to in-person racing. Race organizers worked with the Chicago municipal officials, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, to ensure the safest possible experience for runners, spectators, and the Chicago community.
The Chicago Marathon is a great money maker. Last year, revenue was outstanding with a
contribution of $378 million to Chicago’s economy. In 2017 the figure was also high but $40
This year there were 45,857 participants in what was the
41st Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Nearly 30 percent were visiting from overseas
which is also great for tourism and the economy. Further, it adds to Chicago’s prestige as a
tourist destination. Indeed, according to Mayor Lori E.
“The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is not only one of the largest and most prestigious marathons in world, but it is also an economic engine for our city – including a record-setting $378 million last year – that takes runners through 29 dynamic neighborhoods that together showcase our city’s diversity, history, and beauty. As mayor and as a fan, I look forward to joining Chicagoans and cheering on runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries for the 42nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon.”
Jobs are also created from the marathon. For example, in 2018, 2,592 jobs
were created, equaling $127 million in salaries.