Event Information

Date and Time

Sunday, January 27, 2019

First step begins at 8 a.m. Steppers assigned start times through 11:30 p.m.


Aon Center - 200 E. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 (See a map)

Entrance to the building is via the parking garage or the south lobby entrance on Randolph St.

Start Times

Your individual or team start time will be posted online here. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your time to park, check your gear and pick up your bib and t-shirt. We will do our best to ensure you are in line for the stairwell, or in the stairwell, as close to your start time as possible. Please note some delays outside of our control can occur. Please note we cannot accommodate start time changes!

Site Map

Click here to view the 2019 site map.


For all participant types, there is a full-climb (80 floors) and half-climb (40 climbs) option. Online registration closes on Tuesday, January 22 at 12 p.m. Participants can still register at Fleet Feet's Packet Pick-Up or on the morning on the event at the Aon Center. This is located as space “3” on the (site map).

See below for more packet pick-up information.

Adult Participation:

All participants are required to a $130, $140 or $150 fundraising minimum (your registration fee is included and based on when you register). The fundraising deadline is February 28, 2019.

  • Extra Early Bird: $30 (Through September 4)
  • Early Bird: $40 (Through November 1)
  • Regular Registration — $50 (After November 1)
VIP Stepper Participation:

VIP Steppers are committed to raising $1,000 for patients and families.

  • Extra Early Bird: $30 (Through September 4)
  • Early Bird: $40 (Through November 1)
  • Regular Registration — $50 (After November 1)

For more information about becoming a VIP Stepper, please click here.

Child Registration (12 and younger): No fee
Virtual Participant: No Fee

Online registration will close on Wednesday, January 22th 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, 2019.

Schedule of events:
  • 7:00 a.m. Site opens
  • 7:45 a.m. Program
  • 8:00 a.m.-12:30 Steppers Step Up!
  • 8:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Post-Race party on 80th floor
Packet Pickup

A “packet” is your race bib and event t-shirt. You may pick up packet materials on-site at the event starting at 7 a.m. or prior to event day at Packet Pick-Up located at Fleet Feet Sports- Old Town on the following dates or times. Individual and team 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.

Pre-Even Packet-Pick Up:Fleet Feet Sports- Old Town (1706 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL) (See a map)

  • Friday, January 25: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 26: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Event Day Packet Pick-Up: Aon Center (200 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL) (See a map)

  • Sunday, January 27
  • You can pick up your bib, timing device, and t-shirt on the day of event starting at 7 a.m. in the Aon Center at Bib Pick-Up and T-Shirt Pick-Up located in the Sopraffina Restaurant labeled “4” on the site map
    *Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before your assigned start time to ensure enough time to pick up items

Family and friends may pick up your race day bib and shirt with a copy of your photo I.D., including an e-mail or text message photo, or written consent.

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.


Friends and family of steppers are welcome to attend the event. Guests will not be allowed on the 80th floor or upper lobby. The lower lobby will be congested at times, so they are encouraged to enjoy Michigan Ave. or Millennium Park while you are stepping!

Gear Check

We recommend using gear check only for gym bags, keys, purses, totes, wallets, and other small items. Steppers must check all gear, no personal items will be allowed in the stairwell. If you are driving, we encourage you to leave your large winter coats in the car. If you are not driving or if you wish to wear your winter coat from the connected parking garage, it’s no problem, we will still be able to check it at gear check if it can’t fit in your checked bag. Please have your coat off and ready when you get to the gear check table so we can help people as fast as possible. We will have garbage bags for groups to put winter coats in together to check as one item as well. We will have a simple filing system for small items (keys, phones, wallets, etc.). Our goal is to make gear check as convenient, quick and friendly as possible, so we appreciate the help!

Fundraising Countdown

There’s still time to gain support from family, friends, and co-workers! Visit the Fundraising Tips section of the website and use the tools available to you, including sample e-mails, social media posts and more. Remember that all adult participants (ages 13 and above) are required to fundraise $100 more than the registration fee they paid. All donations must be turned in by February 28, 2018. Participants will be sent an e-mail at least one week prior to that date to inform them of their fundraising balance minus shared team gifts.


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, 43, 52, 61, 71 and 80.


Restrooms will be available on floors 10, 20, 30, 43, 52, 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 on the Monday, January 28.


You can view more frequently asked questions here.

Event Hashtag & Snapchat Filter:

Share your event photos and updates on your social media channels using the hashtag #stepupforkids and try out our new Step Up Snapchat filter on event day. It’s a great way to gain last-minute support!