Since we are in Chicago for the Chicago Marathon I thought I would share five pictures from our first night in the city. So far we are loving Chicago. The weather has been breezy but not too cold. The energy of the marathon is palpable and can felt everywhere. From the car driver to the concierge everyone wants to ask if we are here for the race and everyone is so friendly. I apologize in advance for the camera phone pictures.
The gentleman that checked us into our hotel even upgraded our room at no charge. We have a huge room with two bathrooms and two walk in closets. Here is the view from our room. It’s not anything crazy beautiful, but it’s fun getting away to a concrete jungle.
We walked to dinner and took a picture along the way. I love that the river is in the middle of the city. It makes for a beautiful backdrop to the buildings.
Chicago is truly one of the old gateway cities to our country. The architecture is unique and reminds me of other old cities we have traveled to like New York and Washington D.C. Every corner has a different personality.
Like I mentioned earlier this week we spent the night at Eataly for a relaxed evening. We had the most delicious pasta and gelato. I ordered ricotta and spinach filled pasta tossed in a lemon butter sauce topped with pistachios. The pasta was light and packed with layers of flavor.
We shared the tiniest tiramisu gelato too. It was the perfect size to satisfy the craving without overdoing it. The ladyfingers were all kinds of mushy and the flavor was so rich.
After dinner we walked to the Nike store over by the Magnificent Mile. I wanted to pick up some race merchandise before going to the expo so we don’t have to deal with the madness. I ended up splurging on the jacket, hat and pull over. The official race merchandise is so pricey but this is a big race for me so I just decided to fork it out.
We are doing breakfast then the expo today. I am going to really try to limit the amount of walking we do and not get sucked in by all the fun vendors. I am really hoping to get in some extra rest too since this week has been so long.
Any tips for the day before the race?
Are you running Chicago this weekend too?