Runners, officials make last-minute preparations for the Chicago Marathon

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The countdown is on. There are only 13 hours until the big race, and runners have been coming to McCormick Place to check-in for the big day.

Even if you’re not running, you may have already noticed one residual effect of this marathon—traffic gridlock.

Another 1.7 million spectators expected to line the 26.2 miles of the race.

That course traveling north to Addison and south to 35th street-- through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.

Grant Park will be closed to the public this afternoon, for a full security sweep.

Tomorrow, only runners will be allowed inside the park.

No bags-- unless it’s the clear, plastic, race-approved bag provided to runners.

Today, however, a big headache for drivers trying to get around downtown and the south loop.

There were lots of delays and bumper-to- bumper traffic, courtesy of the street closures, running through Grant Park—between Lake Shore Drive and Michigan.

The race is expected to bring 254-million dollars to the local economy.

Tomorrow, you can expect to see even more street closures along the route, as early as 7, with some running through 4:30.

If your car is parked along the route, it will be towed.

 

 

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