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.
2024 Schedule of events
Transportation and parking
Watch live on race day
Lost and found
ASL interpretation services
Race day lactation spaces
Friday, March 22
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 at finish line
12:00 p.m. – Gear check closes
Sunday, March 24
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. – Post-Race party begins
9:00 a.m. – Wave 2 race start
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
12:00 p.m. – Beer ticket sales end
12:30 p.m. – Beer service ends
1:00 p.m. – Post-Race Party ends
Times subject to change.
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle participant guide includes all the information participants need to have a great race weekend experience. The guide will serve as a step-by-step manual to assist participants during race week, from Packet Pick-up to race morning in Grant Park and during the races themselves. Inside, you will find schedules, policies and detailed information on the weekend’s events.
Participant Packet Pick-up will take place on Friday, March 22 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 23 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in an enclosed tent located on the south side of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. You must attend the Participant Packet Pick-up to pick up your bib number, participant bag, Nike participant shirt, festive knit hat and any pre-purchased beer tickets (if applicable). If you cannot pick up your packet, a friend, family member or coworker can pick up your packet for you by presenting a copy of your Packet Pick-up ticket.
Shufflers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the festival-like atmosphere of the Packet Pick-up experience in Grant Park. Beer service will take place around Buckingham Fountain on Friday and Saturday.
Shufflers 21 years or older will receive a drink ticket attached to their bib number that can be redeemed for one (1) Saugatuck Brewing Company beer on race day.* Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $6 each during Packet Pick-up and the Post-Race Party. Purchased tickets can be redeemed on Friday, March 22 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or Sunday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*You must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle race weekend.
LOCATION AND HOURS
Buckingham Fountain Packet Pick-up Tent Columbus and Ida B. Wells Drive
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Friday, March 22: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Post-Race Party will be 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 will feature live music on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shufflers 21 years or older will receive a drink ticket attached to their bib number that can be redeemed for one (1) Saugatuck Brewing Company beer.* Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase for participants 21 years or older at Participant Packet Pick-up in advance of race day or on race day at the Post-Race Party. Drink tickets can be purchased for $6 and redeemed for one (1) Saugatuck Brewing Company beer.*
*You must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages at the Post-Race Party.
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 $20 discounted parking rate will be available to Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle attendees throughout race weekend. For more information, visit millenniumgarages.com.
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.
Explore Divvy Bikes – Chicago’s premier bike and scooter share system. Rent a bike or scooter conveniently from various docking stations across Chicago. To make your experience hassle-free, a dedicated bike valet (exclusively for Divvy bikes and scooters) will be available at Michigan & Jackson to receive your ride upon arrival, eliminating the need to search for a dock at the race. Enjoy a complimentary bike or scooter unlock for participants using the code SHUFFLERUN24 in the Divvy or Lyft app! *Offer valid until 4/2/24..
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.
Lost and found items will be collected throughout Packet Pick-up at the Packet Pick-up tent and on Sunday, March 24 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.
Sign language interpreters will be in Grant Park race weekend to assist participants who may need to utilize their service. Interpreters will be available at Packet Pick-up on Friday, March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The interpreter will be located near the information area of Packet Pick-up. On race day, Sunday, March 24, the interpreters will be at the Adaptive Program tent from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Adaptive Program tent is located on the south side of Jackson Boulevard between Columbus Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive in Grant Park.
Private and semi-private lactation spaces are available to participants on race day. Participants interested in using the spaces will have access to a private seating area (chair and table) or semi-private tented facility, a water source or a portable hand-washing station and a power source. Spaces will be available in the following locations:
Pre-race: Private and semi-private space at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue) and at Buckingham Fountain (adjacent to the Buckingham fountain Information Tent).
Post-race: Semi-private tented facility at Buckingham Fountain (adjacent to the Buckingham Fountain Information Tent).
Please note, the semi-private tented facility on Buckingham Fountain is open to spectators.
Participants interested in using the pre-race space at the Hilton Chicago are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to access the space. Individuals interested in using the facility on the Buckingham fountain deck are not required to book the space. The facility will be first-come first-served.
Staff will be onsite at each location to assist those interested in using the space(s) on a first-come first-served basis.
Please note, the event will not store or transport equipment. Additional questions can about lactation spaces can be directed to email@example.com in advance of the event.