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Participants on the 2022 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle course

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is one of Chicago’s best running celebrations! The Chicago tradition continues the St. Patrick’s Day celebration and kicks off the spring running season in Chicago.

2023 Schedule of events
Participant guide
Packet Pick-up
Post-Race Party
Transportation and parking
Official hotel
Watch live on race day
Official Nike merchandise
Virtual bag
Lost and found

2023 Schedule of events

Friday, March 24

Packet Pick-up
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 25

Packet Pick-up
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mile
Grant Park, Chicago

8:00 a.m. – Bib and t-shirt pick-up opens
9:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
11:00 a.m. – Competitive start
11:15 a.m. – Recreational start
11:40 a.m. – Awards ceremony
12:00 p.m. – Gear check closes

Sunday, March 26

8K Run and 2-Mile Walk
Grant Park, Chicago

7:00 a.m. – Red gear check opens
7:00 a.m. – Wave 1 Start Corrals (Elite, A, B, C and D) open
7:30 a.m. – Blue gear check opens
7:30 a.m. – Wave 2 Start Corrals (E, F, G and H) open
8:20 a.m. – Wave 1 Start Corrals (Elite, A, B, C and D) close
8:25 a.m. – Wheelchair start
8:30 a.m. – Wave 1 race start
8:45 a.m. – Wave 2 Start Corrals (E, F, G and H) close
8:45 a.m. – Walk Wave opens
9:00 a.m. – Wave 2 race start
9:00 a.m. – Post-Race Party starts
9:15 a.m. – Walk Wave closes
9:30 a.m. – Walk Wave race start
9:30 a.m. – Live music begins at the Post-Race Party
12:00 p.m. – Gear check closes
12:30 p.m. – Beer ticket sales end
1:00 p.m. – Post-Race Party ends

Times subject to change.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Grant Park site map (.pdf)

Participant guide

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle features three events, the 8K Run, 2-Mile Walk and The Mile. We encourage you to download this year’s Participant Guide for a complete overview of your event experience. The information in the guide will help you plan your race weekend adventures, from the start and finish lines to the Post-Race Party.

Packet Pick-up

Participant Packet Pick-up will take place on at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park on  Friday, March 24 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 25 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). You must attend the Participant Packet Pick-up to pick up your participant packet, participant bag, Nike participant shirt, festive knit hat and any pre-purchased beer tickets (if applicable).

Enjoy some of the pre-race festivities including the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band, the Green Guys, a live DJ, Irish dancers, Shamrock Shuffle merchandise and more! Activities run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Packet Pick-up map (.pdf)

Post-Race Party

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Post-Race Party is held at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (Columbus and Ida B. Wells Drive) immediately following the 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Post-Race Party features live music at the Advocate Health Care Entertainment Stage on race day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shufflers 21 years or older will receive a drink ticket attached to their bib number for one (1) Michelob ULTRA.* Additional drink tickets are available for purchase for participants 21 years or older.

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

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Post-Race Party map (.pdf)

Michelob ULTRA Superior Light Beer


Transportation and parking

Millennium Garages

Millennium Garages offer the closest parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside garages. A discounted parking rate will be available to Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle attendees throughout race weekend. For more information, visit millenniumgarages.com.

Public transportation

Public transportation is strongly recommended for race day transportation to Grant Park. Go to metra.com or transitchicago.com to plan your route by train or bus. If you drive, allow sufficient time for traffic congestion and street closures in the downtown area due to the race.


Metra trains are a great way to travel downtown race weekend. Participants and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of Metra’s $7 Saturday/Sunday passes good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday, or Metra’s $10 weekend pass (available in the Ventra app only) for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information on Metra service, visit metra.com or call 312.322.6777.

Take CTA race day

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical and convenient way to get to Grant Park on race day. Check out CTA’s transit tips below and visit transitchicago.com for more information.

CTA Transit directions to Grant Park
From Downtown Chicago

  • From the Adams/Wabash station on the Green, Orange, Pink and Brown elevated lines, walk one block north to Monroe Street then three blocks east to Columbus Drive. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at the accessible Jackson station and walk four blocks east on Jackson Boulevard to Columbus Drive.

From Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station

  • Transportation to and from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station may change on race day due to event street closures. We encourage you to visit transitchicago.com/alerts for the latest information on bus re-routes and service information.

CTA encourages you to purchase your fares in advance to avoid lines race weekend. Visit ventrachicago.com for fare information and to purchase fares in advance.


Be sure to check out Divvy Bikes – Chicago’s only bike and scooter share system. You can conveniently rent a bike or scooter from one of the various docking stations located around Chicago. Divvy will be operating a bike valet (for Divvy bikes only) on Michigan & Jackson to accept your bike when you arrive, so don’t worry about needing to find a dock at the race. Use the code SHAMSHUFFLE23 in the app for one free ride (up to $5) for first time riders!

Divvy Lyft

Official hotel

The Hilton Chicago is the official hotel of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. Located across the street from Grant Park, at 720 South Michigan Avenue, the Hilton Chicago is steps away from the start and finish lines and is a hub of activity on race weekend.

Reserve a room for race weekend.


Watch live on race day

Watch the finish line livestream on nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com on race morning from 8 to 11 a.m.

NBC 5 Chicago

Official Nike merchandise

Shuffle in style with Nike’s official Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle merchandise collection. The official collection is available at Nike Chicago (669 N. Michigan Ave.), Fleet Feet Old Town (1706 N. Wells St.), Fleet Feet South Loop (150 W. Roosevelt Rd.) and online through Fleet Feet Chicago.

Virtual bag

As a Shuffler, you have access to exclusive offers and promotions from event sponsors and partners. We hope you are able to take advantage of these offerings leading up to and during race weekend. View the virtual bag.

Lost and found

Lost and found items will be collected throughout Packet Pick-up at the Packet Pick-up tent and on Sunday, March 26 at all information tents. Following the event, items can be reclaimed through our Lost and Found platform, available at shamrockshuffle.com/lostandfound. Items reclaimed post-event may be shipped to individuals for a shipping fee.

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