Spring is finally here in Chicago, with a high temperature of 75° for Saturday. After the long, long winter Chicagoans will be ready to be outside and for those of you visiting this weekend be prepared to see us all coming out of hibernation. Birds are finally chirping, bats are cracking at Wrigley Field, and sidewalk cafes are reappearing throughout the neighborhood. And as spring blossoms, locals are beginning to resume cycling, running and all kinds of other outdoor sports here in Lakeview.
In its ninth year, The Race to Wrigley is evidence of this change of season here in Lakeview. Chicagoans will gather at the famous corner of Addison and Clark on Saturday morning April 12 at 8 am to run a 5K loop that takes them through the neighborhood streets west and north of the field. The race ends back at Wrigley Field with participants actually running through Wrigley Field’s ground level concourse. Our friend who have run this race before say it is an awesome feeling and one of the most fun 5Ks in the city.
If you are a runner and enjoy 5Ks there are many to choose from here in Chicago, from March through December even, so you might just be able to include one in your visit. For a complete list of races in Chicago go to Cararuns.org. CARA, which stands for Chicago area runners association, is, according to their website, a non-for-profit “organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland.” On their website you can search for races by date, area, and length and type of race.
If you can’t find a race while your visiting, you can certainly still enjoy running here in our neighborhood. Whether you enjoy running on quiet side streets and enjoying the interesting homes, or you prefer long trails on our lakefront, you’ll find both near the Old Chicago Inn. We have a few different loops, ranging from 2 miles to seven miles, mapped out an available for guests. Just ask our innkeeper David for a copy before your run.
If you arrived without any gear and need to pick up some socks, powergel or maybe an arm wallet, Sports Authority is just a few blocks away from the Inn. For the serious runner, a few extra blocks will take you to Universal Sole Chicago’s best running specialty store, at 3052 North Lincoln.
As always, whether you are hear to relax or ready to run, we are delighted to have you stay at the Old Chicago Inn!