Chicago Marathon 2019: Carbs and Shakeouts

We’re a bit less than two weeks out from the 2019 Chicago Marathon! Even though I had to back out this year, I still want to share the best places to Carbo-Load and all the Shake Out Runs I know about! This will be periodically updated as more groups come forward with details for their Shake Out Runs, so check back! If you’re looking for the SHAKEOUTS, scroll down! We’re starting with the food!

Carb Loading and Celebrating!

Let’s chat food first!

Hilton is going all out this year and several of their hotel restaurants will be hosting pasta dinners before the race and celebrations after!

Starting with River North’s Conrad Chicago, marathon runners can get 20% off food for brunch or dinner for a party of up to six guests Baptiste & Bottle on race day. To get this offer, you must present your race bib. (Additionally, if you’re staying at Conrad Chicago to run the marathon, you can relax with a complimentary 10-minute massage at Baptiste & Bottle from 12 to 2 p.m. You must show a race bib, along with a Conrad Chicago room key or confirmation email.)

Specific deals for those staying at Hilton Hotels are as follows:

Thanks to Hilton for sharing those specials with me!

If you’re local or staying elsewhere, I have a few recos!

Run Crunite Pasta Dinner — My friend Cicely is hosting a pasta dinner uniting running crews/runners of color in town for race weekend on Friday, October 11 at 7pm! The event is $10 and includes pasta, carbs, bottled water, #representyourcrew custom cheer card station with a photobooth, and good vibes! Cicely created FroAthletes to empower and increase Black runners and athletes’ visibility in fitness through “events - resources - inspiration.” It will be co-hosted by aSweatLife and Free Mvmt Shop (1962 North Bissell Street). Tickets can be found here!

Carmine’s — Carmine’s is in my ‘hood (Gold Coast what’s up!) and is a family-style Italian restaurant. Their meatballs are amazing, their pasta is amazing…the entire menu is amazing. If you’re wanting to go here, make sure to make a reservation soon! Their menu can be found here.

Osteria via Stato — Another Italian restaurant, this time in the heart of River North at State and Ontario. I went here recently for a wedding and it was fabulous! Their menu can be found here!

Eataly — This one is a lot of fun, and I recommend it for both before and after the race! They have several restaurants inside all at varying prices and styles. I recommend checking their website to see what you fancy before or after the race!

Nandos — This is my pre race dinner of choice! I go here and get their Mashed Potatoes (with Garlic peri peri sauce) and their hummus with veggies! It’s light but still gets you that carb fix, and it’s easy on the wallet. There are several locations around the city and their website is here!


Shakeout Runs!

Mike Ko: Kofuzi Shakeout Run: My friend Mike Ko will be hosting a shakeout run for all! Mike has an awesome Youtube channel (click here to see it!) He will be hosting his shakeout run meeting at the Chess Pavilion at North Ave. Beach and finishing at the Bean! I’m not sure of the time, but will keep you posted!

aSweatLife: aSweatLife is doing a shakeout run with Dustin and Tyler of the Bachelorette! It’s $5 and all proceeds go to Tyler’s charity, ABC Food Tours. They will meet at the Roosevelt Collection Shops in the South Loop and start at 9am Saturday! More info can be found here!

3run2: I’m looking for specifics for this still, but I know for sure they will be doing their usual Thursday night run at 7:30p in Logan Square!

3run2’s after party will be at 9pm at the Logan Square Auditorium! Tickets are $15 and you can buy them here!

Tracksmith at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: Tracksmith has a whole pop up going on right now, but let’s chat the shaekout. It’s Saturday at 9am and meets at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel downtown on Michigan Ave! You can RSVP here!

MRC, Mikkelller Running Club: MRC has a shakeout again this year at Centennial Crafted Beer and Eatery at 10:40a Saturday! Info can be found here!

Racertips Donut Crawl: Racertips and Marathon Whisperer Coach Denise Sauriol will have a 2.62 mile shakeout run/walk on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 AM. They will finish the 2.62 miles at Stan's Donuts and the first donut for each run/walker will be provided by Coach Denise’s friend’s company! All info can be found here for Friday and here for Saturday!

Heartbreak Hill Running Co: Their shakeout is Saturday, October 12 at Heartbreak Hill Running Company at 2148 N. Halsted at 9am! RSVP HERE!

Heartbreakers are also hosting a Happy Hour for Marathon runners and the Chicago running community alike from 6 to 9pm at the store. There will be a shuttle available to go to the 3Run2 after party as well!

November Project Chicago: November Project usually does a shakeout but I don’t see details yet. Please check back!

Runstreet Art Shakeout Run: The famous Art Runs are taking Chicago! From their website: “Come see Chicago’s best street art with us in this fun 5K Chicago Shakeout Art Run to celebrate Chicago Marathon weekend and see West Town’s best murals. The Art Run is open to everyone - whether you’ll be cheering on the big day or are racing, you’ll love this art-packed fun 5K celebrating Chicago’s best street art. With a guided runner’s mediation led by Vacation of the Mind following the run, to help you relax and prepare for the big race! (Or for your next race, if you are not running Chicago Marathon). Hosted by Chicago Truborn gallery and sponsored by Clif Bar, Getaround and Custom Performance. A portion of ticket proceeds go to Chicago Truborn’s West Town Walls murals.” All info can be found here!

Chicago Party Run - 10km Music Bootcamp: On Friday night there will be a 10k at 7:30pm hosted by Midnight Runners. It meets at Timothy O'Toole's Pub (622 N Faribanks Ct. in Streeterville) and features 5 dynamic workout stops along the way! There’s a heavy emphasis on community, music, and FUN and it is FREE! You can sign up by clicking here!