Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • Date: October 12, 2014
  • Venue: Chicago Lakefront
  • Size: 45,000 Runners; 13,000 Support People; 1.7 million On-Course Spectators

As one of the eight major marathons, the Chicago Marathon is a world-renowned running event which is the only marathon where the runners actually start and finish the race at the same location. The Chicago Marathon is a key economic driver for the city of Chicago as it attracts 45,000 runners representing all 50 states and 132 countries. Approximately 200 charity teams raise around $15 million dollars annually through pledges and sponsorship for the 10,000 charity runners.

Arena Americas is the official rental company and also provides support in the planning, layout, production, timeline and coordination with the various vendors and delivery of a large quantity and selection of special event rental items. Multiple crews led by three event managers installed over 120 tents, 3,000 tables and 7,500 chairs along with flooring, lighting, sidewall, generators, HVAC, crowd control fencing and custom graphics. The event’s footprint also involves the surrounding city streets, some of which have to be closed for our set up which involves strict adherence to the established schedules.

Our installation takes place over a 1.1 mile stretch of Grant Park on the city’s lakefront to provide temporary environments for the elite and VIP runners, hospitality areas, charity village, sponsors, gear check, changing stations, volunteer check in and supplies, hydration stations, lost and found, runner supply, information center, post-race party, food vendors, massage areas, aid stations, runner update information, equipment distribution, employee break area and the forward command center. This event requires us to be on site for over three weeks.


“The level of professionalism and performance that Arena Americas brings to the table is unmatched. I would not consider doing an event without them.”