A Triathlete’s Guide to Chicago

A Triathlete’s Guide to Chicago

By ITU Admin on 10/09/15 at 10:51 am

Files written by Bethany Stripp of Chicago Athlete Magazine
Looking for something to do during your down time throughout ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago week? Whether you want to squeeze in one last workout before the event, refuel after your race or check out local cultural attractions, Chicago has more than enough options to keep you occupied while you’re in the city.

Where to Train

Lakefront Trail
Ideal for biking and running, the Lakefront Trail spans 18 miles of Chicago’s shoreline. Beginning at Hollywood Ave. on the north and ending at 71st St. on the south, the Lakefront Trail provides a vehicle-free option for training, not to mention unparalleled views of the city’s skyline.

Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach gives swimmers the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Lake Michigan in a friendly environment. Buoys indicate 1/4- and 1/2-mile marks from the beach to help you plan your swim, and you can easily access the bridge from the Lakefront Trail.

Where to Eat
Deep-Dish Pizza
No trip to the Windy City is complete without a slice of the city’s famous indulgent pizza. Loaded with cheese and topped with sauce, deep dish pizza likely works better as a post-race treat rather than a pre-race dinner. Downtown options include:

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
439 N. Wells St., 805 S. State St., 1120 N. State St.

Giordano’s
223 W. Jackson Blvd., 730 N. Rush St., 130 E. Randolph, 1340 S. Michigan, 700 E. Grand (Navy Pier)

Gino’s East
162 E. Superior, 521 S. Dearborn, 500 N. LaSalle

Pizzeria Uno
29 E. Ohio St.

And if you want to get off the beaten path, head up to Pequod’s in Lincoln Park. Located at 2207 N. Clybourn, this is a place locals rave about. If deep dish scares you off, Wicker Park’s Piece at 1927 W. North Ave. has you covered.

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs
This area staple features an all-beef hot dog surrounded by a steamed poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a pickle spear, hot peppers and celery salt, but never, ever ketchup. Portillo’s, located at 100 W. Ontario, is closest to the race site.

Italian Beef
Another classic Chicago food, this sandwich featuring seasoned roast beef and peppers on an Italian roll. You can try one for yourself at Al’s Beef at 169 W. Ontario or 234 S. Wabash Ave., though Portillo’s serves Italian beef as well.

Where to Visit

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan
The Art Institute of Chicago, ranked as the top museum in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014 features international and American pieces covering more than 5,000 years of artwork, including A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat and American Gothic by Grant Wood. Special exhibits during race weekend include Charles Ray: Sculpture 1997-2014 and Degas: At the Track, On the Stage.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
From Sue the T-Rex to the Vikings, the Field Museum features a huge collection of anthropological, botanical, geological, paleontological and zoological exhibits. The museum has 25 million objects, so there is bound to be something to interest everyone.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Just south of the race site, the Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 animals from stingrays to sea otters. Lines can get long, so consider purchasing an express pass if you’re short on time.

What to do at the venue
Expo Center
The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago features a Triathlon Festival Expo that will be held during race week. It will be open from Wednesday - Saturday and will be filled with more triathlon gear than you’ll know what to do! Find more info here.

Women’s Lunch
The ITU Women’s Committee will be hosting a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 17, to discuss women in triathlon and the positive impact sport has on women, with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona as the keynote speaker. Scheduled from 12-2 p.m. CT on Sept. 17, the luncheon will take place at the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) in the Florentine Room. Tickets are $30 and are available through Sept. 10 at active.com.

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