Though the weather is cooling down to a crisp fall in Chicago, locals and visitors alike are jumping feet first into this season's hottest sporting events. And with accolades like being named the host city for the 2015 NFL Draft or being awarded the "Second Best City In American for Biking," Chicago has never been more active and on the go. Grab your bags, your running shoes and your yoga mat - Chicago is on the go as your kind of "sporty town," whether your sport of choice is running, yoga, or even being a rugby spectator. That's right, we said rugby.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Sunday, October 12)
The city's very own Bank of America Chicago Marathon draws participants and crowds from around the city, the Midwest, the country and even the world to partake in this pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners. Consistently voted among the world's top five marathons, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is equal parts city-wide spectacle and world-class race! And making it to the end doesn't just give you lifelong bragging rights - it earns you a spot at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party in the heart of Grant Park's Butler Field with live entertainment and accompanying celebratory Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ales. Because Chicago knows how to be sporty and still know how to make it a good time.
Pumpkins in the Park 5k (Saturday, October 25: 2-4PM)
Don't exactly fancy yourself a marathon runner? Enjoy Chicago's favorite season in "the city's garden" with all things that reaffirm our affinity for the month of October: pumpkins, parks, and breathing in the crisp fall air. Pumpkins in the Park 5K is a family-friendly run and celebration that takes place in Chicago's Lincoln Park, with all proceeds going toward the Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake. After crossing the finish line, enjoy pumpkin decorating, costume contests (including the "Best Rahm Costume"), and a freshly-poured complimentary Goose Island 312 Pale Ale for those of our runners who happen to be 21 and over. Don't miss this fall themed 5K, and remember to run in costume! (Saturday October 25, 2-4PM, Lincoln Park South Field House at Stockton Dr. and LaSalle St.)
Urbanathlon: Chicago (Sunday, October 18)
Why limit yourself to foot races when you could be dodging obstacles and overcoming hurdles and Monkey Bars? Returning for its 9th annual URBANATHLON series, Men's Health is hosting its popular race starting at Soldier Field later this month, celebrating its message of work hard, play hard. Enjoy Chicago's sweeping skyline views as you tear through the course along the lakefront, through Navy Pier around the Museum Campus: it's a creative way to go sightseeing. Sign up before 10/15 and receive a discounted registration fee! ($85 for Sprint Distance, $125 Classic Distance)
Chicago's We Love Yoga Fest (Sunday, October 26)
Being a sporty city-goer doesn't need to mean putting on a pair of running shoes. The We Love Yoga Festival is a day-long celebration of yoga and its practices where participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of yoga specialty topics in group workshops and lectures. And don't just talk the talk - between classes and sessions, do a little yoga-inspired shopping at the yoga bazaar to get the gear to pull off the moves. Hosted at the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University, this ode to yoga will introduce you to new yoga poses, strengthen your skills, or even broaden your horizon on the health benefits of the practice. Namaste to you!
The Sports City That Never Sleeps...
The 1060 Project at Wrigley Field Begins (Saturday, October 11)
With another Chicago Cubs season laid to rest (on a winning note!), the Cubs are now breaking ground on the beloved and historic 100-year-old Wrigley Field to begin a four year plan to perform structural updates, improved player facilities, expanded concessions and much more. These renovations, entitled "The 1060 Project," will ensure the viability of the ballpark for future generations of Cubs fans, while preserving the beauty, charm and historic features fans have come to know and love. This Saturday, join in the excitement in Wrigleyville as The Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family host Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and many city and state officials, community and corporate partners to officially break ground on The Friendly Combines storied ground!
The New Zealand All Blacks vs. USA Eagles Rugby Match at Soldier Field (Saturday, November 1)
On U.S. soil for the first time since 1980, the reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks are coming to Chicago - and you won't want to miss it. The All Blacks will be taking on the USA Eagles rugby team on Saturday, November 1 at 2:30PM at Chicago's beloved Soldier Field. Need to brush up on your rugby knowledge before the big game? We've got you covered with this Rugby 101 recap to get you ready to bring rugby back to Chicago since the Eagles last visited Soldier Field!