Event Information

Date and Time

Sunday, January 28 at 8 a.m.

First step off begins at 8 a.m. Steppers assigned start times through 12:30 p.m.

Start Times


Packet Pickup

Participants may pick up their packets in the days leading up to the event or day-of at the Aon Center.


  • Friday, January 26: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fleet Feet Sports

Old Town 1706 N. Well Street, Chicago, IL (See a map)

Event Day

Sunday, January 28, 7:00 a.m.

(please arrive early for proper registration)

Aon Center
200 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL (See a map)

Individual start times will be provided at packet pick-ups as well as listed on the event website. Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your assigned start time.


Aon Center 200 E. Randolph Street (See a map)

Please enter the building from Randolph Street on the building's south side. If you are standing at street level, walk down the stairs to locate the main entrance into the building.

  • Adult Registration — $50 (After November 1)
    • Extra Early Bird: $30 (Through September 4)
    • Early Bird: $40 (Through November 1)
  • Child (12 and under) — No Fee
  • Virtual Participant — No Fee

Online registration will close on Wednesday, January 24th at 12pm. Participants can still register in-person at packet pick-up or at the day-of event.

Full Climb (80 floors) and Half-Climb (40 floors) registration options available.

There is a $150 minimum fundraising commitment (Registration Fee included) for all participants, due by February 28, 2018.

Gear Check

There will be a complimentary secured gear check at the Aon Center monitored by volunteers. Each stepper is required to check all gear, as personal items are not allowed past the main lobby. Your gear will be checked according to your bib number. We cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items, so please do not check anything of value.


Friends and family of steppers are welcome to attend the event. Guests must remain in the lower lobby and are required to check all gear, including coats and purses. Guests will not be allowed on the 80th Floor.


Discounted parking will be available for $6 in the Aon Center Parking Garage, located at lower Lake Street and Columbus drive until 3 p.m.

  • From Michigan Avenue turn east onto Lake Street (just south of Wacker)
  • Turn left (north) onto Stetson Street
  • From Stetson, turn right (east) onto South Water
  • Go east one block to Columbus
  • Make a sharp left U-turn and go down the ramp to the first stop sign
  • Make another left at the stop sign
  • Veer left and follow signs to the Aon Center parking garage
  • Park on level 4 or 5 and take the elevators up to the lobby

Please note all guests should park in garage. Street parking is extremely limited and you will be ticketed if you park in most areas surrounding the Aon Center. Street parking passes are not being issued this year.

Public Transport

The Wabash/Randolph stop is the closest stop to the Aon Center (Brown and Purple 'L' lines.)


Water will be available on floors 10, 20, 30, 40, 51, 61, 71 and 80.


Restrooms will be available on floors 10, 20, 30, 40, 51, 61, 71 and 80. There is also a public bathroom for participants and guests in the lower lobby.


An advanced life support ambulance will be on site for the duration of the event.

Bib Number

Please pin your participant number on the FRONT of your clothing.

Post-Climb Party

Following your climb, enjoy complimentary food and beverages, live music performed by Spakl and a spectacular view of the city at the Mid-America Club Finish Line Celebration, on the 80th floor. From the top, each stepper will take the elevator down to the mezzanine level to enjoy more complimentary food and beverages at our food court, then make their way down to the main lobby of the Aon Center to meet up with friends and family. Don't miss out on the fun for the whole family at our Kids Corner!


Results will be posted on the Step Up website and mychicagoathlete.com by noon Monday, January 29.