The Swim Course is located in an active boat harbor at Monroe Harbor at Queen’s Landing.  Athletes are prohibited from swimming in the harbor prior to race day.

Open Water Swimming- All athletes are encouraged to swim at Ohio Street Beach located at Ohio Street and Lake Shore Drive- one mile north of Monroe Harbor. Athletes must stay inside the marker buoys as boats will be active. Distance swimming is recommended by swimming parallel to the shoreline. There will be no lifeguards present.  Athletes are advised to swim at their own risk.

Pool Swimming- Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) is providing two (2) lanes in a 25-yard pool at the FFC Union Station location at 444 W. Jackson Blvd. There will be four 60 minute time slots on each day available from September 15 – 18. These time slots are listed below. Lanes should be shared where appropriate with other elite athletes. Additional swim practice days, times and locations are available upon request as private group lane rentals at $150/lane/hour. Individual health club passes are available for $25/athlete for the entire week as well, as an exclusive special for ITU Athletes.  Please contact FFC Endurance Program Manager, Chris Navin, directly at or +1 312-772-3TRI (312-772-3874).

Swim Pool Availability:

Tuesday, Sept.15 Wednesday, Sept. 16 Thursday, Sept. 17 Friday, Sept. 18
9-10 a.m. 9-10 a.m. 9-10 a.m. 9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m. 10-11 a.m. 10-11 a.m. 10-11 a.m.
2-3 p.m. 2-3 p.m. 2-3 p.m. 2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m. 3-4 p.m. 3-4 p.m. 3-4 p.m.


Due to the compact nature of the competition schedule and the race course located on busy road ways, there will be no opportunity to ride the bike course in advance of the event. Chicago is a city with a lot of vehicular traffic with extensive construction zones. It is therefore suggested that athletes do not attempt to ride on the roads used for the competition.

The Lakefront Trail is a short ride away from the race venue located east of Lakeshore Drive. The Lakefront Trail is an 18.5 mile linear path along Lake Michigan. The trail serves as both a recreational and transportation resource and can be crowded on warm days. It is recommended to ride south on the trail to avoid heavy pedestrian congestion areas.

As a safer alternative to riding on the crowded Chicago Lakefront Trail, a CompuTrainer Indoor Cycling studio is available at FFC Lincoln Park - Chicago's only USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center"Single Ride" guest passes are available for online $25 and options include riding a simulated version of the ITU Chicago bike course!  Additional performance testing services (Vo2, Lactate, etc.) are available at

The Lakefront Trail is also ideal for running with drinking fountains along the north side of the path. For more information about the Lakefront Trail, click here.