The clock is already ticking!
Nice weather in the Chicago area is in seriously short supply, and the spring and summer racing season is already underway.
Don’t know which 5K to run this summer? Looking for a little more of a challenge?
We’ve rounded up ten of the best options to ensure you take advantage of the weather and get a little exercise before we’re all shoveling out our cars again.
May 10 at Butler Field in Grant Park
As the signature fundraising event for the breast cancer research charity Susan G. Komen, the majority of proceeds from this race go towards breast cancer screening, treatment and education in the Chicago area.
May 14 at 601 W. Montrose Ave.
This four-mile race along the lakefront path ends with a festival sponsored by Goose Island.
May 23 at Soldier Field
Run a 10-mile course along a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive, and finish on the 50 yard line in the home stadium of the Bears.
June 7 at Grant Park
This un-timed 5K is more about the communal fun and less about the race. Come to the race dressed all in white and prepared to leave splashed with colored paint.
June 14 at Montrose Harbor
Run a timed 8K or walk with your pet in a 4K that benefits PAWS Chicago’s animal rescue efforts.
June 27 in Grant Park
Unwind after this 5K along the lakefront with wine and cheeseat the after-race event.
July 18-19 at TBD
Choose the distance that is right for you, and then run by live rock bands and entertainment stationed at every mile. Singer/songwriter Andy Grammer headlines the concert at the after-race party.
July 30th at Soldier Field
This lakefront 5K features an after-race party with cover bands from the 60s through today.
Sept. 6 at Grant Park
These two women-only races run up Michigan Avenue, with the half-marathon extending down Lake Shore Drive.
Each of these six runs go through a historic neighborhood or park. Each of the runs, which are free, are about 4 miles long and have about a dozen stopping points to discuss the area’s history.