General information

Runners at the finish line

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration and kick off the running season in Chicago at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. The 8K (4.97-mile) run and 2 mile walk is a longstanding tradition in Chicago with scenic course routes, starting and finishing in Grant Park.

2018 Schedule of events
Participant packet and bag pick-up
Post-Race Party
Commemorative merchandise
Age groups
NBC 5 Chicago live race coverage


2018 Schedule of events

Friday, March 23
McCormick Place, West Building, Skyline Ballroom
Packet pick-up
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
McCormick Place,West Building, Skyline Ballroom
Packet pick-up
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 25
Grant Park, Chicago

6:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
6:30 a.m. – Start Corrals open
8:30 a.m. – Wave 1 race start
9:00 a.m. – Post-Race Party begins
9:00 a.m. – Wave 2 race start
9:30 a.m. – Walk Wave race start
9:30 a.m. – Live music begins at the Post-Race Party
11:30 a.m. – Gear check closes
1:00 p.m. – Beer ticket sales end
1:30 p.m. – Post-Race Party ends
2:00 p.m. – Race after party at The Scout begins

*Times subject to change

Participant packet and bag pick-up

Packet pick-up will take place at the Friday and Saturday of race weekend in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place. Packet pick-up tickets will be emailed to all registered participants. If you cannot pick-up your packet in person, a friend, family member or co-worker can pick up your packet for you by presenting a copy of your packet pick-up ticket. Learn more about Packet pick-up.


Packet mailing
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle participants will have the opportunity to get their packet mailed to them in advance of race weekend. The packet mailing option includes the shipment of your event bib number, participant t-shirt and 2018 premium item. This opportunity will be available to the first 5,000 people who purchase this option.*

*Please note, there is an additional $15 charge for packet mailing.

Post-Race Party

Celebrate your finish at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Post-Race Party immediately following the race. The Post-Race Party features live music. Participants will receive a drink ticket attached to their bib number that can be redeemed for one (1) Michelob ULTRA*. Additional drink tickets are available for purchase at the point of registration and at Packet pick-up.

To save time and avoid lines on race day, have your ID checked and purchase drink tickets* in advance of race day at Packet pick-up.


The Scout logoContinue the celebration at The Scout
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle After Party will be hosted at The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen (1301 S. Wabash Ave.) on Sunday, March 25 from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Shamrock Shuffle participants who bring their race bib will receive a ticket that can be redeemed for one (1) Michelob ULTRA

* You must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages at the Post-Race Party and After Party.

Commemorative merchandise

Commemorative merchandise for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K will be sold at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Health & Fitness Expo.

Age groups

Male and female: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-90, 90 & over.

NBC011613NBC 5 Chicago live race coverage

On race morning, NBCChicago.com will provide live, streaming coverage of the race start and finish where supporters can watch their favorite runner cross the line. Download the NBCChicago Mobile app to watch on your phone or watch on your computer.  

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