Welcome Marathon Runners!

Once again, we are expecting a full house at the Old Chicago Inn for the city’s Marathon weekend.  At the moment NOAA is predicting a slight chance of rain for Sunday and a high around 52 degrees (F).   If the rain yields to cloudy skies it will be near perfect conditions for the race.  Rain or shine we wish all of guests who are running a safe and enjoyable day.

If you are a runner staying with us this weekend here are a few local tips.  Is your pre-race favorite a pasta dinner?  You don’t have to go far from the Inn at all.  Leona’s is a great place to fuel up on hearty Italian favorites and they are right across the street.  From decadent lasagnas and macaroni and cheese entrees, to a match your own noodle to sauce option, the menu is full of pasta choices.  The portions at Leona’s are generous so you’ll have plenty of fuel for your run.

In need of last minute gear?  You’re in luck because Lakeview is home to Chicago’s best running specialty store, Universal Sole (3052 North Lincoln).   As their name suggests they are reverent of all things running and carry only the best lines of clothing, shoes, eye wear, accessories and nutritional items.  So if you need an extra pair of socks or want to pick up some power gel or balm before race day, this is the place to shop.

For those of you joining us as spectators this weekend, you’ll be glad to know that one of the eight McDonald’s Runner Update Centers is just a one mile walk from the Inn.   At the McDonald’s at 2635 N. Clark Street (at Wrightwood Avenue) you’ll be able to go online and check the status of your runner.  Miles 6 – 10 bring the race through the eastern part of Lakeview.  For a map of the race route and a complete spectator’s guide consult the marathon’s website www.chicagomarathon.com .

Whether you’re here as a runner, a spectator or for other reasons,  we hope you’ll enjoy this weekend in Chicago.

Happy Running!

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