The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is this Sunday, October 13, and those participating in it need to know where they can get their grub on beforehand. Luckily you can consult the map to find out where to go to get the most bang for your buck in order to fill up before the big race. Whether your desire is pasta, grand buffets, or good old meat and potatoes, it's all there.Read More
Where To Load Up To Tackle the Chicago Marathon
1. Eleven City Diner
Load up on your carbs at Eleven City Diner Friday through Sunday featuring menu items of lightly grilled tilapia (including citrus salad and a side of tabbouleh), or The 26th Mile, which is a granola and yogurt tower served with fresh berries or bananas and a choice of toast or bagel.
Scoozi is offering a family-style menu for parties of four or more. For $18.95 per person, diners choose between a house or Caesar salad, two pastas, and to top it all off, a slice of Scoozi's tiramisu.
3. Tavern on Rush
Friday through Sunday grab a pizza or some pasta at Tavern on Rush to prepare for the epic task at hand. Choose from "Matt's Bacon Giardiniera" ($11.50); the "Anna Bella" — prosciutto, asparagus, Manchego cheese, baby arugula ($12.95); or the "Firecracker Grilled Chicken Pasta" — cilantro pesto, roasted red peppers, sweet corn, whole wheat spaghetti ($18.95). As an added bonus, all of the pizza and pastas are available gluten-free.
The day after the marathon, head over to Luxbar for a Columbus Day brunch. Featuring the likes of cinnamon pancakes ($10.00), house cured Skuna Bay salmon benedict ($12.50), or USDA prime skirt steak and eggs ($16.00), it may be what your body needs after the grueling experience it's going to go through.The signature Zing Zang Bloody Mary ($9.00) will probably help out, too.
Go to Tavernita on Saturday for three hearty, family-style pastas: Gnocchi with Parmesan cheese and herb breadcrumbs; artichoke-ricotta ravioli with olives, piquillo pepper, and saffron; and pappardelle with mushroom ragout and Parmesan.
6. Roka Akor | Chicago
Like free stuff and running in the marathon? Roka Akor is offering free Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings for all who show their medal after the race.
Make a reservation before 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and bring in your race bib to receive 20 percent off of your entire bill at Two. Chef Tom Van Lente offers duck egg pasta with duck confit and duck skin cracklins, along with Berkshire pork ribs with peach barbecue sauce on a bed of radicchio.
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8. Mercat a la Planxa
"Dine and Dash" at Mercat a la Planxa is offering a four-course menufor $45 Friday through Sunday. The restaurant's three-course Sunday brunch (featuring charcuterie and desserts) will be available 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
9. Park Grill
$18 gets you into Park Grill's Chicago Marathon breakfast buffet featuring the following items and more: Apple & chicken sausages, Parmesan breakfast potatoes, chilaquiles with salsa verde and queso fresco, and local seasonal yogurts with stone fruit compote and spiced granola.
10. State and Lake
Grab State and Lake's "Marathoner's Last Meal" on Saturday featuring house smoked Amish chicken and spinach semolina dumpling with cured summer tomatoes and hen of the wood mushrooms in a sar-vecchio Parmesan broth for $22.
Check out Bistronomic's "Design Your Pasta Dinner" on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. $20 per person gets you a homemade pasta, a seasonal market vegetable, a protein, a sauce, and a Midwestern local cheese.
12. Hash House A Go Go
Hash House A Go Go is definitely a place people think about when wanting to "load up," but there's always the danger of going pleasurably overboard as well. Meatloaf pasta, the "Pancake Tractor Driver Combo" (two eggs, bacon, sausage, ham or crispy potatoes, and a 12-inch buttermilk flapjack), or the fried chicken pasta tossed in a porcini mushroom cream sauce might induce a nice nap rather than an intense run.
13. Rockit Bar & Grill
Stop by Rockit Bar & Grill for Buffalo chicken mac & cheese ($15), turkey chili ($7), and house-made pasta ($15) — hand-rolled fettuccine, grape tomatoes, shaved Asiago cheese, toasted walnuts, and kale-walnut pesto with add-ons of chicken or shrimp for $4 extra.
14. Crosby's Kitchen
Chef Kevin Ives of Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Dunlay's (two locations), and Crosby's Kitchen offers one dish at all of those restaurants: "Pasta Maratona," featuring Roma tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and white wine over hand-made linguini for $13.
15. Lockwood Restaurant
Lockwood offers their annual pre-marathon pasta dinner on Saturday. Diners will enjoy unlimited strozzapretti, linguini or pappardelle pasta with their choice of a sauce for $18.