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The Best Hotels to Book for the Chicago Marathon

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel—just a short walk from the starting line in Grant Park—is in the prime location for spectators and runners alike. Enriched with a ton of history, the 1890s landmark is filled with impressive architecture and charm. Besides the cozy rooms, there's also a gym, multiple restaurant options (including a rooftop bar), game room, and more. Bonus: You'll be within walking distance of great shopping and restaurants as well as tourist attractions like Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Distance from Race: 0.3 miles 

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The Peninsula Chicago

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The Peninsula Chicago is an awarding-winning hotel with incredible spa and fitness facilities so you can unwind and de-stress in between marathon activities. Go for a swim in the half-Olympic-length pool or take a complimentary workout class, then treat yourself to a facial or sports massage. Looking for something outside the box? Book a class through the Peninsula Academy, which offers experiences for guestslike cooking classes or being a florist for a day. (Related: 2016 Shape Healthy Travel Awards

Distance from Race: 1.3 miles 

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The Langham Chicago

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Just a couple blocks away from the finish line, the luxurious Langham Hotel is ideal for visitors heading to the Windy City for the Chicago Marathon. One of the best parts of staying here? Inside the hotel, you'll find the Chuan Spa, which in addition to traditional Chinese medicine treatments, offers a special menu designed to reduce muscle discomfort for marathon runners. (But who says you have to run a marathon to indulge in a good tension-relieving massage?) 

Distance from Race: 0.8 miles

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Central Loop Hotel

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There are many reasons to stay at the Central Loop Hotel during the Chicago Marathon. Not only is it a quick walk from the start line, but it also offers great health-oriented amenities—crucial if you're going to be on your feet cheering all day. Enjoy your sleep the night before by sleeping in a room with an air purifier and ambient sound machine or indulging in some aromatherapy. If you feel like you need to stretch or throw in a mini workout before bed, then call down to the front desk and get your complimentary exercise equipment or a yoga kit sent up to you. That's our kind of room service!

Distance from Race: 0.7 miles

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The Silversmith Hotel

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Walking distance from both the starting line and the finish line, the boutique Silversmith Hotel is right in the heart of downtown Chicago. You can take in top tourist attractions like the Art Institute, Millennium Park, Grant Park, or Michigan Avenue. Bonus: Their fitness center is open 24/7 so you can squeeze in a workout on your own schedule. (Related: Fit Hotels with Awesome Health Perks

Distance from Race: 0.4 miles

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The Palmer House Hilton

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Despite the luxurious accommodations and convenient downtown location, the Palmer House Hilton offers a reasonable price for a night's stay, even during the Chicago Marathon. An easy walk to and from the starting line and the finish line, it's also surrounded by tons of good Italian restaurants for carbo-loading before running—or for cheering on spectators! (Related: Hilton Debuts Hotel Room That Doubles As a Private Gym

Distance from Race: 0.4 miles 

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