Chicagoans aren't known for their love of fitness. We're much more concerned with a good cocktail or a greasy Italian beef than a juice cleanse. People who say that they'd rather go for a run than go out for brunch are usually cast away like lepers. But there are some fun ways to drink, eat and stay in shape at the same time. With that in mind, we put together the most entertaining 5k races in Chicago this summer.
Chicago Tiki Run: If Lost Lake and Three Dots and a Dash aren't injecting enough tiki into your life, you can try your hand at going for a Hawaiian-themed run. The race has a 5k and 10k option, and finishers will be treated to a free beer and Hawaiian pizza. Participants will also be provided with "LED-lighted leis" to wear during the course of the run. 2500 N Cannon Drive, June 20, 8pm. $40-$46
Color in Motion 5k: Just like the Color Run, Color in Motion gives you the opportunity to get covered in paint while you exercise. At the very least, it's a good opportunity to score an erratically-dyed T-shirt. Montrose Beach. June 21, 9am. $50.
Proud to Run: This race has been a part of Chicago's Pride Week activities since 1982. You can run or walk a 5k or 10k all while supporting the city's LGBTQ community. Montrose Harbor. June 27, 8am. $45-$50.
The Chardonnay Run: Running more than three miles becomes a classy endeavor with this 5k. Upon completion, participants will be treated to wine paired with various cheeses and fruit, as well as live music. Grant Park. June 27, 5pm. $60-$70.
Burgers & Beer 5k Run/Walk: The name says it all: If you travel a few miles on foot, you'll be treated to free Goose Island 312 beers and greasy burgers from various Lakeview bars. Soldier Field. July 13, 5pm. $40.
Rock the Night 5k: If you like listening to cheesy rock music while you run, this 5k is your best bet. The race will be followed by a happy hour and a live concert. Soldier Field. July 30, 4pm
O'Hare 5k on the Runway: O'Hare's newest runway has pissed off a bunch of Northwest Side residents who have to deal with the constant "woosh" of airplanes flying overhead. If you participate in this 5k you'll be able to share their pain. The run will take place on the new runway, and will be accompanied by free food and music. O'Hare International Airport. September 27, 8am. $20-$40. $49-$54.
Oktoberfest 5k Run/Walk: Contrary to what the name suggest, Oktoberfest typically begins in late September. You can celebrate your German heritage or love of tasty beer on this race. If you're feeling especially spunky, consider completing the run in a German outfit such as Lederhosen. Lincoln Park. September 17, 6:30pm. $30-$40.