CHICAGO (CBS) — The 35th Annual Chicago Marathon is Sunday, which means there will be several road closures.

To alleviate congestion of this year’s participants, the Chicago Marathon will start in two waves.

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Wave one will step off at 7:30 a.m. and wave two will step off at 8:00 a.m.

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This change will extend the time of the last participants approximately 20 minutes, according to a release from the Office Of Emergency Management and Communications.

Some street and lane closures are already in place in the Grant Park area including Columbus from Roosevelt Road to Balbo Drive and Balbo Drive from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive.

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Motorists can expect additional closures on Jackson, Balbo, Columbus, Congress, Monroe and Roosevelt Road throughout the week. Street closures along the route will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. on race day and all city streets are anticipated to be reopened by 4:30 p.m. or when it is deemed safe to do so. The race route extends north to Addison Street, west to Damen Avenue and south to 35th Street.

Additional parking restrictions will be effect along the course beginning early Sunday morning. For public safety, the towing of vehicles along the course and other posted “No Parking Zones” will be strongly enforced.


WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the marathon’s economic impact for the city totals about $219 million.

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