• Chicago’s Turkey Trots

    Posted on November 19th, 2010 gjordan No comments

    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.

  • Greetings from the “city gal”

    Posted on April 30th, 2009 jbennett No comments

    Getting used to city living takes time. Here’s some advise from a “city gal.”

    Number one, road rage can be reduced. Not only can you make a positive impact to the environment by ditching your car but you save on gas, insurance & have less stress. Imagine the ways to expand you mind with the books read or the podcasts listened to on CTA.

    Number two, if the bus is crowded & there is an empty seat, check to make sure it isn’t wet before you sit down. I don’t know why it’s wet & I don’t want to….I just know I want to keep my own seat dry.

    Number three, bring a change of shoes. You women know what I’m talking about. No matter how comfortable those shoes feel first thing in the morning, your feet will hurt when you are walking home at 9pm because you cannot get a cab.

    Number four AND most important, do not let people stay with you. Now I know this sounds cruel. I promise you are doing everyone a favor. Over the years, my parents, relatives & friends have come to visit me in various cities. Even though I worked in the hotel business, for years I would give up my bed & sleep on the couch. I realized, not only were we tripping over one another but also by the end of the visit we were getting on one another’s nerves. Counterproductive I think. One year, I finally decided to tell my parents I was going to put them up in a hotel; it was great. They had space to move & unpack. They didn’t feel bad for putting me on the couch. We didn’t have to worry if the other person(s) were awake in the AM. And, we all got time to unwind alone at the end of the day.

    So learn from this now proclaimed city gal & get a room! They’ll love the Hotel Felix for its comfort, friendly staff, four-star service. Even better, they’ll love you for putting them here. Comfortable beds, complimentary AM coffee, spa services……Isn’t it great when we are all Happy. Naturally.?