Chicago Marathon Week Pop-Ups and Events to Try

Marathon week is upon us! I have a huge week ahead of me, and I wanted to share some amazing events coming up for the marathon! If you’re visiting, welcome! There is an amazing energy in the air already and there are lots of fun pop up events waiting for you this week! There are a couple of updates I’m waiting on below—as soon as I have that info I will share it with you! Questions or comments? Let me know in the comments below!

To see my sight-seeing and activity guide for visitors to Chicago (from last year!) click HERE!

Pop Up Shops

Lululemon Chicago #SweatCollective Vending Machine - Theater on the Lake (Lakefront Path), every day, 9am - 5pm

Lululemon Chicago is taking care of runners getting in those final miles on the path this week with their Run Stop Shop vending machine. It has runner favorites in it like Honey Stinger gels and waffles and Hot Shot cramp relief, as well as bottles of water, Lulu branded hair ties, hats ($40 retail!), Lululemon socks, tampons, body glide, Supergoop sunscreen and pain relievers. The best part? It’s all free! Just share your instagram, answer a few questions, and you’re on your way! They’re at the Theater on the Lake (just north up the lakefront path from North Avenue Beach) from 9am to 5pm every day!

Nike Chicago Just Do It HQ for Her - Select times available in the Nike app and at

Nike has been taking care of female runners this month, and that continues this week at their pop up next door to their 669 Michigan Ave store! You can stop in and see the actual gear of amazing, record breaking female runners like Jordan Hasay and Paula Radcliffe as well as try some local kombucha, listen to speakers, chill out with like mediation, roll out with Hyper Ice, make a custom pair of slides (for after the marathon when your feet are screaming!) and a custom necklace. Be sure to check out the Nike Chicago website (linked above) for specific speakers and times!

Fleet Feet Sports and Nike Distance Lab - 1714 N Wells St, Times Below!

Fleet Feet and Nike have partnered for Distance Lab, a pop up shop with unique apparel as well as the official Nike Chicago Marathon gear. They have events sporadically throughout the week and not all of them have been announced yet. Keep tabs on the FleetFeetChicago instagram as well as this site for details! They will have Hypervolt massage tools, 15 minute Normatec compression boot session with a purchase, and you can get special Strava badges for attending their runs! They also have limited edition colorways of Nike shoes!

M: 5pm - 8pm 
W: 5pm - 8pm 
F: 12pm - 8pm 
S: 10am - 6pm 
Su: 11am - 5pm  

Nike x Notre Pop-Up Shop - Opening October 5 near the Ace Hotel in the West Loop

Notre returns to Chicago for the launch of the Nike Epic React 87 x UNDERCOVERs. The shop will be the only retailer in Chicago to purchase the new colorways of the shoe, and will give you access one week ahead of other cities around the country. I’m not much of a sneaker head, but this new collection from Jun Takahashi looks pretty awesome. They retail for $180 and make for a fun marathon souviner!

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm and Sunday, 8am to 2pm

Nike Running Bucktown - 1640 N Damen Ave, Normal Store Hours

Technically not a pop up, but the Nike Running Bucktown store has all the Chicago Marathon Merchandise and also will offer FREE medal engraving on 10/8 and 10/9 from 9am to 7:30pm on those days.


aSweatLife Live Podcast recording with Marathon Whisperer Denise Sauriol - Wednesday October 3, at 6pm at the Moxy Hotel, 530 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60654

This event is a great one to grab last minute marathon advice and inspiration from Denise as she tackles her 100th marathon!

From aSweatLife: “On #WeGotGoals, we ask two big questions of our guests—one about a goal they’ve accomplished and one about a goal they’re working toward. The simple interview format allows our guests to share stories of incredible achievement. Listeners can expect to be inspired to apply the ways these entrepreneurs, Olympians, actors, and authors all set goals and achieve them.”

There will be a chat about goals with fellow aSweatLife ambassador Denise Sauriol, owner and coach at Run for Change.

You have the option to hang around afterward to buy a signed copy of her new book, Me, You & 26.2: Coach Denise’s Guide to Get YOU TO YOUR First Marathon (click the hyperlink to buy on Amazon!) You also have the option to stick around and talk about one of your own goals—aSweatLife will be recording a few to feature at the end of future episodes. (If you are interested, Fill out the form here!)

Nutrition Panel at JDIHQ — 5:30 pm — Just Do It HQ – 673 N. Michigan Ave

Elyse Kopecky, New York Times best-selling author of Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow, will be sharing advice, recipes and other tips to fuel our bodies to perform their best – whether it’s running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday or crushing a killer workout. This is currently “full” (these events are smaller) but check the page before the event in case spots open! Info is at .

Nike Race_004 - 4 x 800 Relay Race, Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon, October 5, Times below!

Come cheer on teams from local Chicago running crews as they race around the Maggie Daley skating Ribbon in Millennium Park! It’s a 4x800m race with several heats: a high school heat from 7pm-7:30pm, and men’s, women’s and co-ed heats from 8:30pm - 9:00pm.

3run2 Post-Marathon Dance Party, Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 9:00 PM – Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 2:00 AM

3run2 booked the Logan Square Auditorium for a post-marathon party. All are welcome to attend. Tickets on sale now at (only in advance) until they reach capacity.  

November Project Weekend of Events

November Project Chicago Friday workout. 6:00 am. The Bean. (Facebook event)

Pizza Mile.
 11:00 am. Montrose Lakefront Track. (Facebook event)

Race day.

Pre-race Bounce. 6:10 am. Michigan & Congress. (Facebook event)

Cheer Station. 9:00 am. Wentworth & 26th Street. (Facebook event)

After Party. 5:00 pm. D’Agostino’s Pizza & Pub Wrigleyville. (Facebook event)

November Project Chicago Pop-Up. 6:30 am. The Field Museum. (Facebook event)

Shakeout Runs

3run2 Social run - October 4 at 7:15pm, Merchant, 3137 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 

Come run with one of Chicago’s best established running crews! Meet at Merchant (3137 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647) at 7:30pm and get ready to introduce yourself! This is a run through the streets of Logan Square. Remember you run at your own risk. All paces welcome!

3run2 Shakeout run - October 6 at 9:30am, California blue line station

Three Run Two’s shakeout will meet at the California Blue Line stop on Saturday!

Shakeout with Marathon Whisperer Denise Sauriol -Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6

This will be a 2.62 mile shakeout run on Friday at 6:00 AM and Saturday at 6:00 AM open to everyone. They will meet at the Bean in Millennium Park at 6 and finish up the run at Stan's Donuts at 181 North Michigan Avenue!

Runstreet Art Run Shakeout Run - October 6 at 11am, Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave

From Art Run founder Marnie: “Runstreet hits Chicago for an incredible Art Run to see the best street art and artists in the windy city! We will see the amazing murals in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as check out lots of artwork by local street artists at Chicago's own street art gallery, Galerie F.” You can sign up HERE!

Mikkeller Running Club Shakeout Run - October 6 at 11:10am, 3173 N Elston Ave

From Mikkeller: “Join us for our 1st Saturday run (#45!) which also is perfect for your Chicago marathon shakeout. We will run an easy 5k and rehydrate with beer. #mrcchicago is all about the #mrctourism. we cannot wait to see everyone”

Fleet Feet Sports Shakeout Run - October 6, time TBD