Chicago’s Turkey Trots

image credit: Turkey Trot Chicago
image credit: Turkey Trot Chicago

Thanksgiving is almost here!  One growing holiday tradition is the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, which gives families and friends the chance to get some fresh air and a little exercise before their delicious food-related festivities begin.  Most organized Turkey Trots also send contributions to non-profit organizations and charities, which provides participants the opportunity to say “thanks” in a meaningful way.

If a Turkey Trot sounds like an activity you’d “gobble” up, below are links to some Turkey Trots happening in Chicago:

33rd Annual Turkey Trot 8K in Lincoln Park

Over 5,000 walkers and runners are planned to participate in this 8K run/walk, which will also feature the Plymouth Rock Ramble for children ages 2-12. Don’t forget to bring a couple of cans of food to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At last year’s race over 10,000 pounds of food were collected.  For event registration and information, click here.

14th Annual Edison Park Turkey Trot in Edison Park

Held in Edison Park on the northwest side of Chicago, this 5K will benefit the The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago with The Danny Did Foundation & Emmett’s Hope.  There will also be a Gobble Gallop for kids 12 and under.  For event registration and information, click here.

Old St. Pat’s Annual Turkey Trot at Old St. Patrick’s Church

If Thanksgiving doesn’t exactly inspire your competitive spirit, Old St. Pat’s noncompetitive trot through Chicago’s Loop, Museum Campus, and the lakefront may be for you.  Although participants will be dividing into groups of walkers, joggers, and runners, this trot is “easy, relaxed, no racing; just socializing.” All are invited to attend, just bring a few cans of food to donate.  For more information, click here.

What race are you doing?  Share your race times, stories and photos! Good luck.

Spend Thanksgiving with Elate

Staying in Chicago for Thanksgiving?  Join us at Elate for a special Thanksgiving three course tasting menu highlighting executive chef Randal Jacobs’ twists on traditional fare.  Make a reservation through Open Table or reach Elate by phone at 312-202-9900.

1st Course

Choice of:

Mixed Green Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash / Oranges / Toasted Pepitas / Pomegranate Vinaigrette


Roasted Chestnut Soup
banana bread toast / crème fraiche

2nd Course

Turkey Plate
Herb Roasted Turkey (Breast & Dark Meat)
Sweet Potato Gratin
Sausage and Walnut Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole
Pan Gravy
Fresh Cranberry Jelly
Freshly Baked Rolls

3rd Course

Pumpkin Pot de Crème
graham cracker / chantilly cream

Special Holiday menu, $55 adults, $38 kids 12 and under.

Welcome Home Chagall!

American Windows (credit: Art Institute of Chicago)
American Windows (credit: Art Institute of Chicago)

After five years in hiding, Marc Chagall’s American Windows are back on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, and we couldn’t be happier.  If you are looking for something interesting to do during your stay here in Chicago, consider making a trip to the Art Institute to visit this remarkable work.  The windows were dismantled in 2005 for safe keeping during the “lengthy, vibration-heavy construction” of the Modern Wing, but now that the new wing has been completed, the Chagall windows are back where they belong.  Click here for more about the return of American Windows (Chicago Tribune).

Additionally, this Friday, November 12, you can view American Windows at the Institute’s After Dark event, which will feature live DJs and performances by acclaimed theatrical ensemble Collaboraction.  Click here for tickets and more information.