For 43 years, Chicago’s Lincoln Park has played host to the Life Time Turkey Trot Chicago 5K & 8K. Lincoln Park is easily accessible by car, train or plane. We’ve put together a list of travel options to help in making race day more convenient.

Parking & Directions

Driving to the Life Time Turkey Trot Chicago 5K & 8K?
Ample parking is available throughout Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park neighborhood and near by garages and parking lots. Parking is also available at the Lincoln Park Zoo for a fee on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Parking is NOT available at Diversey Harbor or the Lincoln Park Driving Range.

Please plan accordingly and allow yourself plenty of time to navigate the street closures and be aware of any parking restrictions.



We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Turkey Trot Chicago SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot near the start line with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Use promo code TURKEYCHI19 for 15% off your spot for the race!

Click here for parking near packet pick-up at Fleet Feet Old Town.

Please note the following closures and restrictions:

  • Cannon Dr. is closed between Fullerton Ave. and Diversey Pkwy. from 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fullerton between Stockton Dr. and Lake Shore Dr. Closed at 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Fullerton South Bound ramps on  & off Lake Shore Dr. closed 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Fullerton North Bound ramps on & off Lake Shore Dr. closed 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Belmont Harbor Drive closed 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Recreation Drive closed 8:30 a.m. to 1100 a.m.
    • Recreation Dr. exit from Lake Shore Drive closed 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

>Race Site and Lincoln Park Road Closure Map

Come for the race, but stay for everything that Chicago has to offer. Take a trip to the famous Navy Pier, skate on the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, or see the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo — free and open 365 days each year. Chicago has fun in store for the whole family!

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Chicago
The Hilton Chicago is at the heart of Chicago’s cultural core, near museums, theaters and nightlife. One of Chicago’s premiere luxury hotels, the Hilton Chicago features amenities geared toward both the business and leisure traveler including Executive and Suite accommodation.
> Book your room now

Palmer House
The Palmer House Hilton has been an innovator since the opening of its doors in 1871 and continues to maintain its edge while preserving historic integrity with its recent top-to-bottom, $215M rejuvenation. Steps to all the action along State Street including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, American Apparel, H&M, Block 37 Mall, the Chicago Theatre District as well as the Thanksgiving Day Parade. A short cab to Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and U.S Cellular Field and walking distance to The Art Institute, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler’s Row, Millennium Park and countless Chicago attractions outside and inside the hotel.
> Book your room now

Air Travel

If you plan on flying into Chicago, you have two airport options: Chicago Midway (MDW), located 11 miles southwest of downtown, and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) located 15 miles northwest of the city.

Taxi cab service is readily available from both airports. One-way fares to/from downtown Chicago average $30 each way (excluding tip). Travel times can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour, depending on rush hour.

CTA Trains
Public transit train service is available at both city airports, with various drop-off points throughout downtown Chicago. One-way fares are currently $5 via farecard kiosks at each station, and travel times to/from downtown range from 30-45 minutes, depending on days/times. Visit for additional details.

Airport Express to Downtown Chicago

Another fast, comfortable and affordable means of getting to the Hilton Chicago or another downtown hotel of choice is via Airport Express. For a hassle-free transition at a reasonable price, you and your bike will be taken to downtown Chicago in vans leaving every 5–10 minutes. Stop by one of their conveniently located counters (terminals 1, 2, 3 & 5 at O’Hare or across from Southwest at Midway) and check in. Visit them at or call 1-800-654-7871 for more information.