Attention, all Chicago marathoners – it’s time to carb up. To prep Chicago for the biggest race of the year on Sunday, October 7, we have rounded up some of the best promotions around the city that runners and spectators alike can enjoy during Marathon weekend!
Enjoy a Post-Race Pasta Dinner (try saying that 5x fast)
State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St, will be offering a Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner that includes choice of either a Spring Vegetable Ragu, with bucatini pasta and burrata, $17, or a Sunday Gravy, rich tomato and meat sauce, rigatoni pasta, and pecorino, $19, available on Saturday, October 6 beginning at 4 pm.
Pick Your Pre-Marathon Pasta from a Special Buffet
Participants can also fuel up at Staytion Market and Bar, located at 1 W Wacker Dr, with a Pasta Buffet, available Saturday, October 6 from 5-8 pm for $23 per person. The Pasta Buffet includes a selection of dishes, including a Gotham Greens Salad, Michigan apple, pepitas, fennel, and a red wine-herb vinaigrette, Arugula and Farro Salad, with roasted fall squash, goat cheese, dried sour cherries, heirloom carrots, tomatoes, and a lemon-mustard vinaigrette, Campanelle, sundried tomato, spinach, and cauliflower, Whole Wheat Penne, roasted mushrooms, broccolini, and red pepper, and a Winter Squash Ravioli, with sage, parmesan, and broccoli rabe. Whole fruit and granola bars will also be available.
For a quick pre-race snack, runners can also munch on Steel Cut Oatmeal, with pecans, dried cherries, chia seeds, and brown sugar, $8, or a Plain Bagel with banana and peanut butter, $8, available on Sunday morning, October 7 from 5 to 9 am. For a post-race celebratory snack, enjoy Marathon Sliders, with bacon jam, crispy shallots, and smoked gouda, along with a selection of local draft beers.
Ready, Set, Enjoy Special Discounts for Runners and Participants
HopCat, located at 2577 N Clark St, invites runners and spectators alike to relish in the fun of the race with a special viewing party and discounts on Sunday, October 7. HopCat Chicago will offer runners 20% off their bill when they show their bib and spectators 10% off when they mention the Marathon. During the Marathon, HopCat will open their street-side windows offering the perfect view of the race, and guests will be able to enjoy a variety of drink and menu items, including HopCat’s famous Crack Fries, which were named among the 10 Best French Fries in the nation by Food Network Magazine.