As we roll into the month of October a lot of people are gearing up for the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday October 11th. Running a marathon not only takes physical endurance, but mental endurance as well. The 26.2 miles winds through the beautiful Chicago landscape, taking runners from downtown through many of the cool neighborhoods throughout the city. Whether you are familiar with the city or visiting for the first time, you’ll be amazed at all the cool sights along the course!
The Marathon Kicks off in Grant Park, right at Columbus and Monroe. Some of the notable markers along the first mile: the beautiful Millennium Park! From Columbus Street, you’ll get a great view of the Cloud Gate aka The Bean and Pritzker Pavilion. You’ll also see the newly opened Maggie Daley Park, built in honor of the wife of former Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley. As runners get closer to mile 1, they’ll run over the William P. Fahey Bridge, with a gorgeous morning view of the Chicago River.
Runners will then whip around to State Street, where they’ll pass the historic Chicago Theatre, the first large movie Palace in America built in the 1920s. Two blocks down, runners will past the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School.
Between Miles 2 and 3, you’ll hit the historic financial district of the city, passing by the Chicago Board of Trade and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. You’ll also pass Daley Plaza that features “The Picasso” piece, and our historic City Hall. As the runners leave the loop, they head into River North, crossing the Marshall Suloway Bridge (LaSalle Street Bridge) with another beautiful view of the Chicago River as they knock out that 3rd mile. River North is a chic, upbeat hub of restaurants and hangouts. Runners will pass many places they’ll want to come back to like the amazing Frontera Grill, Portillo’s and Chicago Cut.
Leaving River North, to keep runners focused, they’ll cut through picturesque Chicago neighborhoods! As you leave River North you’ll get the residential view of Old Town and Lincoln Park. Speaking of you can’t miss the actual Lincoln Park, where you’ll see the outskirts of Lincoln Park Zoo, The Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature museum. You’ll get another neighborhood tour through Lakeview East where the residents will be cheering you on at the sidelines! Mile 6 and 7 will give you a tranquil view of lake Michigan as you run along Outer Lakeshore Drive.
Stay Tuned for another list of City sights you’ll see along the Marathon Route. Happy Training!