C = Chicago, Illinois

I’m back on my side of the Atlantic for today’s travel destination to the US.

I have very fond memories of Chicago – the city of my first marathon run in 2004.

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This is a city that shuts down its streets and embraces 45,000 runners (“only” 30,000 runners in 2004) … from elite to newbies … stampeding along the 42km route.  The race route goes through several different neighbourhoods and virtually all of them come out to party and cheer on the strangers who have travelled from around the world to be there for this event.

The mood is outright energizing.

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My favourite memory of the race was a guy who had hauled out his Lazy-Boy chair to the sidewalk in front of his house.  With a thermos of coffee (ok, that’s an assumption) and his breakfast on a small table beside him, he cheered heartily as we ran by.

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Wrigley Building

On a beautiful weekend in October, Chicago is a great place to be if you’re a runner.

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About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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96 Responses to C = Chicago, Illinois

  1. Mrs. P says:

    It’s a lot prettier than I imagined…or saw in the movies.

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  2. Now I want to do Chicago Marathon!

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  3. nimi naren says:

    What a lovely memory.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks. It was, however I can’t help but wonder if the weather had been really awful and I had had a terrible race, whether my memories would still be so fond.
      I doubt it 😉

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  4. reocochran says:

    I had an ex husband whose grandparents lived in Chicago (Highland Park). I will call this your Charming C fro Chicago post, which was the site of your first marathon! Run, Joanne, run! 🙂
    I have been to Chicago a few times, just not recently and I like it’s museums ifvart and science. C could be for Cultural Chicago, too.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’m not a big fan of roaming through museums and some people are horrified to discover I’m been somewhere and didn’t go to their whatever-famous-museum.
      Perhaps it’s more Un-Cultured Joanne Goes to Cultural Chicago and misses it 😉

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  5. Great way to have experienced this city by running through its streets. We went as tourists a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the tourist core, lakefront and canals. There is a much more troubled side to Chicago though.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Sad, but true.

      I’m aware that seeing a city during a race weekend is rather an artificial view of what it might really be like. Tourists flood into the city by the thousands, and the energy is very high and excited.
      The reality when everyone goes home is often very different.

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  6. germac4 says:

    Thanks for the photos…I would love to visit Chicago…the architects…..Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony came from Chicago, and they won a competition (as you do!) to design Canberra, Australia’s capital city….without them we wouldn’t have this lovely city!

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  7. The only time I was in Chicago was on a business trip in November… and it was very cold and blustery. I had been told that the architecture was amazing but I had to keep my head down in order to slice through the wind. Maybe I need to go back when the weather is more welcoming.

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  8. I’ve been to Chicago several times and enjoyed myself immensely. They are certainly struggling with local challenges right now, and I wish them luck in making things safer for residents and tourists. 🙂

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  9. treerabold says:

    What a great place to do your first marathon. I love Chicago…I lived there for awhile back in the 80’s (so long ago).
    The photos you chose for this post are great

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  10. jan says:

    When I lived in Chicago they used to dye the river green on St. Patrick’s Day – it’s definitely a city with a distinct character!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Wow – I can’t begin to imagine all the dye required to do that. How long did it last?

      Funny, I would never consider turning water green. As the owner of a swimming pool, green water is never a good thing! 😉

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  11. Jaspa says:

    Chicago is one of my favourite cities in North America. Thanks for the revisit!

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  12. barbedwords says:

    I’m no runner but have wanted to visit Chicago since the ER days…think I hoped I might actually bump into George Clooney there!

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  13. haven’t been to Chicago since I was a tiny baby- so no memories-nice pics! Great theme!

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  14. Sue Slaght says:

    We have never been to Chicago. What a shame. Good for you to do the marathon and what a help to have so many people cheering. I think I might have stopped at the Lazy Boy and begged to have a rest and some special coffee. 🙂

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  15. Ha, but not if you’re a driver! There are so many times here in L.A. when I’ve had to rearrange my travels for the day to accommodate for road closures. I guess that’s just me being selfish.

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  16. Ally Bean says:

    I haven’t been to Chicago in so long! Your photos are beautiful. I cannot imagine so many people all running at the same time, but then I can barely imagine running at all, so what do I know? 😉

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    • joannesisco says:

      This was the first really big race I ever participated in. It took almost 30 minutes for me to cross the starting line after the starting gun went off.
      Long distance running is a special kind of crazy.

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  17. Tippy Gnu says:

    Your photos make me want to brave the bullets and visit the Windy City.

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  18. Lynn says:

    I have heard that Chicago is a great city to visit. Our son & daughter-in-law are there this week, on a little mini vacation. Will have to pick their brains upon their return!

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  19. Joe says:

    Chicago looks like a really cool city Joanne 🙂 I love the image with the river running through it.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I really liked Chicago although to be honest, it’s hard to judge a city based on a race weekend when it’s packed with people and energy levels are really high. Everywhere we went everyone was happy, excited, and in good spirits – that includes the restaurants, bars, etc.
      I’ve discovered the mood of the people I encounter affects how I feel about a place.

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  20. terryb says:

    These are beautiful shots, but the image that is most vivid in my mind after ready this is the one that you created with your words… Thanks for including the tid-bit about the breakfasting marathon spectator in the Lazy-Boy. What a sight that must have been! I can just imagine! Such a chuckle 🙂

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  21. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice shots Joanne.
    Since I don’t run unless someone is actually chasing me 😉 I can’t comment on your marathon experience, but I’ve always found Chicago to be a wonderful city to visit. There’s so much to see and do.

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  22. Can’t go wrong with Chicago, running or not……well, unless you’re there during one of THOSE winters! 🙂

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  23. I’m not a runner, but I certainly do love Chicago!

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  24. bikerchick57 says:

    I live so close to Chicago, but rarely get there to visit. I did spend a lovely, long birthday weekend there a few years ago and fully enjoyed Michigan Avenue and many other sites in the city. I would love to go back again and explore more of it.

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  25. Dan Antion says:

    Hey, watching all those runners is hard work 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      It might sound ironic, but it really is hard work! I really dislike being a spectator at a race. It’s brutal.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        My daughter an I did the New York 5 Borough Bike Tour (twice). The first time, it was in the upper 90s. As we rode through Brooklyn, a family had their kids out spraying a hose up in the air. You could ride off to the side, or you could ride through a cooling shower. We both opted for the shower.

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        • joannesisco says:

          The New York 5 Borough Bike Tour? This is something I’m going to have to look up. I like the sound of that 🙂

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          • Dan Antion says:

            It was fun. Starts in Battery Park. Up 6th Ave, through Central Park, Bonx and down East Side Highway. Over Queensboro Bridge. Around a park, down the BQE, then up and over the Verrazano bridge to a park on Staten Is. Take the ferry back to Battery Park. First weekend in May (probably booked solid for this year). 35,000 bikes the years we did it.

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            • joannesisco says:

              35,000?! Wow.
              I’m guessing this is a leisurely ride, not a race?

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              • Dan Antion says:

                It is, but since they are closing some pretty major roads, you need to be able to keep a pace above 10 mph. If you don’t cross the QB bridge early enough, the have you skip the park in Queens. If you don’t get down the BQE fast enough, they send you back to Battery Park via the Brooklyn Bridge. There are a couple of congestion points, where it is very hard to keep a meaningful pace.

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  26. mickscogs says:

    Calamity Jane *just got back from the windy city*, but mostly the Blues Brothers – I was just talking about that movie today; the scene where they live right next to the railway line – what a classic. Marathons? I get a stitch after 100 metres. I’m as good with them as you are with guitars. 🙂

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  27. Corina says:

    I love Chicago! I’ve been there twice and got to explore a lot of the Miracle Mile. The Lincoln Zoo. The locks on the lake. Marshall Fields for those delicious candies! Not at all like your marathon memories but Chicago memories all the same.

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  28. October is about the best month to be out in Chicago. Not too hot, not too cold. Maybe the road constuction is done. Maybe we’ve had a frost to kill off some skeeters. Yup! Come here in October!

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    • joannesisco says:

      The only time I’ve ever been there and the weather was simply PERFECT. I couldn’t have asked for better 🙂

      I’m almost afraid to go back for fear it won’t be as wonderful as it was the first time.

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  29. Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town….
    Well, it would be if I was ‘running’ a marathon…
    Chicago looks lovely. And their marathon is in October? Hm. [scribbles note on “H’s 50th Birthday Marathon” list]

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  30. rosemawrites says:

    The photos are breathtaking and your words make them more interesting! 🙂

    @rosemawrites from
    A Reading Writer
    Chase: A Cinquain

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