Runners start the out-and-back course for the Chicago Polar Dash in Grant Park, near both the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. From there, the race first heads south along the trails that run along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, taking runners nearly all the way to the Museum of Science and Industry and back. After that, there’s a final loop along the stretch of the Lakefront Trail near the Chicago Yacht Club, before you’ll head back south to the finish line near the aquarium.
Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed. If you see an error above, contact us here.