Friday, October 9, 2009

The City On The Lake

It’s racing season. A large number of marathons and half marathons happen in the fall around the country and the world. While the NYC Marathon isn’t for another 22 days, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is this Sunday! In honor of the Chicago Marathon, I am dedicating this post to The Windy City.

A few cool facts:
+ Chicago is 237 square miles and has 26 miles of lakefront
+ There are over 300 miles of bikeways and 552 parks
+ Route 66 begins in front of the Art Institute of Chicago
+ City Hall has a green roof and there are more than 7million square feet of green roof’s throughout the city
+ After running through 29 neighborhoods and past dozens of historical landmarks, runners and their posse’s have over 7300 restaurants to choose from for a post-race feast!

A few things not to miss:
+ See the city by taking an Architecture Boat Tour

+ Catch a show at Second City (insider tip: Sunday night is the easiest to get in)
+ Pick up custom shirts at the T-Shirt Deli Co in Buck Town/Wicker Park
+ Check out the fall pumpkin patches in the city parks
+ Grab some Chicago pizza at Gino’s East (insider tip: get the cornmeal crust)
+ Stop by The Field Museum or The Museum of Science & Industry
+ Shopping in Wicker Park and on the Magnificent Mile
+ Take a walk on the Pier near the aquarium
+ Check out Chicago Comics
+ Indulge in an ice cream sundae at Margie’s

I’m sending lots of luck to Redhead Morgan as she runs her first Marathon in Chicago!
Anyone can watch the excitement on

*Thanks to all my awesome friends who contributed to this list!
**If you're in NYC this weekend, check the mta website before you head out to the subway. I hear there is going to be a lot of rail work, so you know what that means....delays!

1 comment:

NY Wolve said...

Good luck..I have never run Chicago. If you want to know which corral, etc, look on the NYRR marathon website:

That will give you an idea.

Cheers and good luck on your 20 miler.