Hospitality Room – Chicago Marathon

Glen Ellyn Runners Club Race Day Hospitality Room

Members Only in 2021 – Due to Space

The Glen Ellyn Runners Chicago Marathon Hospitality Room at the Congress Plaza Hotel is reserved. Free to registered  2021 Glen Ellyn Runners. No need to sign up , just show up. The room this year is much small than years past.  It is the LINCOLN Room- same floor as in the past, just around the corner from years past room. Again, all 2021 registered members of GER do NOT need to register for the Hospitality room. Just show up!

And if you are not running but will be volunteering at the Aid Station, feel free to stop by the room afterwards or in between spectating or to help welcome the marathon finishers back to the room.

What exactly is this Hospitality Room?

Looking for a warm, dry, secure place to spend your pre/post Chicago marathon race? Then the Glen Ellyn Runners “HOSPITALITY ROOM” is just the place for you. With all the marathon security measures that will be in place, the hospitality room will be even more appreciated in order to avoid the marathon-provided gear check and crowded after-marathon family meeting places.

Glen Ellyn Runners has rented a room at the CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL, 520 S. Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago for marathon day.

This year the room is much smaller since we are not including other running clubs. This room is for 2021 members of Glen Ellyn Runners only. Look for signs in the hotel lobby for directions to the Lincoln Room, same floor as in years past but just around the corner from the old room.

This room provides you shelter from the weather, plenty of indoor plumbing (with little wait time), security for your personal items and food/refreshments for the runners before and after the race. Great place for your family to meet up with you after your finish. NON-running friends and family coming to the room to meet you after your finish are free to access the hospitality room.

And look forward to that post-marathon massage by SOHMAR Massage students and teachers once you return to the hospitality room.

Best of all, we are but a short walk to the start/finish lines.


Doors will open at 5:30am and remain open until 3:00 pm. Gear not claimed after 3:00 will be taken to the hotel Concierge for your retrieval. We request that runners place some kind of contact information/ID in your gear (just in case you do not return to the room before closing at 3:00pm. Then we know to whom your gear belongs for your or a family member’s pickup before 3:00pm.

Not running? Want to help?

Also, if you are not running the marathon and would like to volunteer to help assist in the Hospitality room welcoming the runners before and after, please let Nanette know. Or if you have a family member who could help, that would be most appreciated.

A note from the happy GER member from a past year~

“Thank you for the hospitality room. It is invaluable for us. It gives us a wonderful place to relax and calm jittery nerves before the race, a safe place to put our gear without having to worry about losing anything and fighting crowds at the gear check, and something to look forward to through the whole marathon knowing massages and food are waiting for us.”