Ummm…we are under the 20 day mark people….only 17 days until October 11th. Thanks for all your words of encouragement last week! Today I will be sharing some of the logistics that are finalized for marathon weekend. Unlike the New York City Marathon, I did not have to worry about baggage or ferry options for Chicago.
Confession: I booked my hotel before the lottery results! I wanted to secure a room as soon as possible and the hotel had a flexible cancellation policy. I was afraid I would totally jinx myself….so whew…I got in! I’ll share where I stayed in my future recap.
I’m lucky to have my own “travel agent”…aka….my mom! She is not an actual travel agent, but sometimes she acts like one. Once it was confirmed I would be running Chicago she started scouting flights. Her first find was actually a steal from Frontier Airlines, but I nixed that. Even though I am short, I found there was little leg room for my short legs. Normally I would go for the lowest/direct flight, but I figured I needed to give my legs a little room to relax. The next find were direct flights to Midway via Southwest. My mom and I will arrive early Friday morning and my sister and Cliff will join us later that evening after work.
Image: Southwest Airlines
Instead of renting a car, we will rely on public transportation and good ole Uber. I’ve made a mental note to purchase some Ventra Cards when we arrive. These cards can be pre-loaded with money or passes and can be used for the trains/buses.
- Is it best to take a taxi, Uber or BMW (bus/metro/walk haha…get it) from Midway to downtown Chicago? I understand there is a cost vs. time tradeoff 🙂
My mom and I will arrive Friday morning, drop off our bags at her hotel, and head to the expo. Afterwards we plan on checking out the Chicago Chinatown for some dim sum…mmmmm. Hopping over to another cuisine, I’ve gotten several pizza recommendations – thanks everyone!! The top two recs have been Lou Malnati and Giordano’s. As for sweets, Cliff and I also like a good doughnut. After the NYCM we went to Doughnut Planet…sooo good! I did a little research and saw there is a Doughnut Vault close to our hotel – yay or nay?
- Any recs for coffee shops?
Now onto an important question…pre-marathon dinner? After reading some online reviews, scouring Yelp/Opentable, and checking out menus I will be carbo loading at one of the Rosebud Restaurants.
Image: Rosebud Restaurants
Any must see/do that are easy on the feet? (boat tour is on the list)
Do you have any recommendations where my Runtourage should spectate during the marathon?