The rainy forecast didn't stop hundreds of Chicagoans from hitting the streets on Sunday to cheer on 2018 Chicago Marathon participants. Along the 26.2-mile course, we spotted plenty of hilarious signs that encouraged runners and provided much needed laughs along the way. From poop jokes to the promise of free beer at the finish line, these were the best signs we spotted at the Chicago Marathon this year. Check out these colorful posters and start planning your sign for next year. RECOMMENDED: More photos from the Chicago Marathon Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photogr
Rain-slicked streets and occasional showers greeted Chicago Marathon participants on Sunday morning, but the less than ideal conditions didn't seem to hamper the elite runners blazing through the flat 26.2-mile course. British runner Mo Farah won the men's division with a time of 2:05:11, while Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei claimed the top spot in the women's division with a time of 2:18:35. RECOMMENDED: See photos from previous editions of the Chicago Marathon Elsewhere on the course, the majority of participants spent more than two hours making their way through Chicago on foot. We sent photographers to Pilsen (just past mile 19) and Chinatown (near mile 22) to capture the thousands of runners, including comedian Kevin Hart, pounding the pavement on their way to the finish line in Grant Park. Take a look at the Chinese dragons, mariachi bands and cheering crowds that greeted the runners with our gallery of photos from the 2018 Chicago Marathon. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Ph
Fans of bitter liqueur, rejoice! According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Pilsen-based CH Distillery has acquired Jeppson's Malört and will move production of the wormwood liquor back to Chicago. Introduced by Swedish immigrant Carl Jeppson in the 1930s, Malört is predominantly sold (and consumed) in Chicago, where it's known for its distinct flavor, which causes most people to show off their “Malört face.” Malört was crafted by the Mar-Salle Distillery in Chicago up until its closure it 1986—at that point, there were no distilleries left in Chicago, so production was moved to Kentucky. A few years later, a distillery in Florida took over production of Jeppson's and has been churning out bottles (and shipping them to Chicago) ever since. CH Distillery is known for its organic vodka and London dry gin, but the company's founder Tremaine Atkinson told the Tribune that he has no plans to modify the classic Jeppson's Malört recipe. Speaking to the paper, he said that distribution of the liquor may expand in city's like Milwaukee, Austin and Seattle—cities where there are apparently enough Chicago ex-pats yearning for the wormwood booze. As long as CH Distillery keeps the classic Malört label intact and doesn't dial back its pronounced flavor, we'll keep buying shots for all of our out-of-town visitors. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
In just a few years, the West Loop has welcomed countless new restaurants as well as the headquarters of companies like Google and McDonald's, but that rapid growth hasn't come without consequences. Some businesses that have called the area home long before Michelin-starred dining and tech industry giants arrived have been forced out of the neighborhood, including many of the meat-packing companies that once dominated the West Loop and Fulton Market district. The latest casualty is The Mid, a nightclub located at 306 N Halsted Street that opened its doors in 2010. The Mid's co-owners Lucas King and Nick Karounos announced the nightclub's impending closure via an email, which attributes the decision to “recent expansion in the West Loop and Fulton Market District.” February 5, 2019 will be the club's final night in operation, when supporters can attend an event called “One Last Song.” King and Karounos are promising plenty of parties and special events in the month leading up to the Mid's closure, though the venue's website currently lists previously announced shows. Since opening in 2010, the Mid has hosted some of the biggest producers and DJs in the world, including the first-ever Chicago appearance by dubstep producer Skrillex, as well as Calvin Harris, Diplo, Kaskade, Claude Von Stroke and more. In the email sent to the Mid supports, King and Karounos state that they “look forward to opening new venues in Chicago in the near future.” The pair already have a stake in Li
Emporium Popups happens be located next door to MOCA Modern Cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary in Logan Square that's only accessible to individuals with Illinois medical cannabis cards. From October 5 through 7, Emporium Popups will welcome its neighbors into its space for Yes We Cann: A Cannabis Popup, which will feature lush green decor, cocktails crafted with legal cannabis derivatives and opportunities to learn more about medical marijuana. Beginning at 4:20pm (naturally) on Friday, Emporium Popups will host a series of events that explore the Illinois cannabis industry, including presentations by MOCA that outline how to obtain an Illinois medical cannabis card (Saturday and Sunday at 1pm), a conversation about infusing food with cannabis (Friday at 5pm) and a panel that explores using marijuana to fight the opioid epidemic (Saturday at 3pm). You can find a complete list of panels and events on the Yes We Cann Facebook page. Each evening at 8pm, Emporium will start mixing cocktails infused with the cannabis derivatives CBD, known for its relaxing properties, and terpenes, pungent oils that can have calming or energizing effects. The menu includes the OG & T, a classical gin and tonic made with mandarin orange CBD oil and a house-made terpene syrup, as well as a Pineapple Express daiquiri, which mixes Pineapple Express terpene syrup with fresh lemon. Yes We Cann takes over the Emporium Popups space for just three days: Friday, October 5 from 4:20pm to 2am; Sat
The good times keep rolling for Logan Square's Lost Lake: The tiki bar just nabbed a spot on the list of the World's 50 Best Bars. The decade-old list is compiled by William Reed Business Media (the same group that names the World's 50 Best Restaurants) and ranks bars based on votes from more than 500 "drinks experts" around the world. Lost Lake rounds out the list in 50th place, with the judges noting that the bar's talented staff "brings education into the guest’s world with extensive knowledge of rum from all over the globe." The award is just one of the recent accolades bestowed upon the Logan Square watering hole, which is helmed by Shelby Allison and Paul McGee. Earlier this year, Lost Lake was not only named Bar of the Year at Time Out Chicago's 2018 Bar Awards, it also snagged the prestigious title of best cocktail bar in the country at Tales of the Cocktail's Annual Spirited Awards. It's worth noting that Lost Lake is the only Chicago bar on the top-50 list this year. The Aviary, which previously landed at No. 41 in 2017, has been moved to a continuation of the list and sits in the 83rd spot (still, not too shabby). We'll raise a daiquiri to that. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
More than 40,000 runners will hit the streets of Chicago this Sunday, making their way through a 26.2-mile course during the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Last year, an estimated 1.7 million people showed up to watch the festivities, which means that it's going to a busy day in the city's streets. It's too late to register for the marathon, so we rounded up everything you need to know if you want to join the spectating masses (or just plan your day around the big event). RECOMMENDED: Photos from previous editions of the Chicago Marathon When is the Chicago Marathon? The Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 7, with the first waves of racers leaving the starting line at 7:20am and continuing through the afternoon. The 27th Mile Post-Race Party takes place in Grant Park's Butler Field from 9:30am to 4pm. What route does the Chicago Marathon follow? The Chicago Marathon begins in Grant Park, goes north through River North, Old Town and Lincoln Park, heads south through Lakeview, through the West Loop and past the United Center, south through Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown and Bronzeville and then back north on Michigan Avenue to the finish line in Grant Park. You can take a look at the complete Chicago Marathon route below. Street closures along the route will occur between 7am and 3:30pm. Illustration: Courtesy Bank of America Chicago Marathon Where are the best places to watch the Chicago Marathon? Spectators aren't allowed to observe t
It seems like every day is National [insert food or beverage here] Day, but these made-up holidays often result in great deals on delicious dishes. Wednesday, October 4 is National Taco Day, and a relative newcomer to Chicago's dining scene is celebrating the occasion in a rather extravagant way. Los Angeles export Pink Taco will be observing National Taco Day at its River North location by giving away one of its signature Pink Tacos (achiote chicken, black beans, avocado, arbol salsa, cotija cheese, habanero and pickled onions) to each of the first 1,000 customers to show up at the restaurant tomorrow. Pink Taco opens its doors at 11am on Wednesday, so you can score a taco in time for lunch as long as you're willing to wait in the line that inevitably forms whenever there's free food up for grabs. Don't work anywhere near River North? Pink Taco has partnered with Lyft to give anyone within an eight-mile radius of its River North location $5 off a ride to the restaurant on October 4 (the discount will be applied when you select Pink Taco as your destination). Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Fall in Chicago is officially underway and, along with some sweater weather, it's bringing along plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained. When you're not working on your Halloween costume, you can hang out at an outdoor pop-up bar with its own corn maze, spend an evening at the opera, see Gorillaz at the United Center or sit down for a meal at a restaurant that serves unlimited Alaskan king crab and burgers. Get out your calendar and start plotting out a month of parades, concerts, festivals, theater and art exhibitions with our guide to Chicago best October openings. THINGS TO DO Oct 3–Nov 4UniverSoul Circus; Washington ParkThe circus with a killer soundtrack returns to Chicago to celebrate its 25th anniversary with new stunts and the event's traditional Soul Train line. Oct 4–Nov 3Jack's Pumpkin Nights; 1467 N Elston AveA two-acre plot of land near Goose Island is filled with a corn maze, bars, a pumpkin patch and more at this autumnal pop-up experience. The fun is family-friendly until 7:30pm each night, when the booze begins flowing. Oct 5, 6West Town Food Truck Social; Noble and Chicago AvenuesSample dishes from 5411 Empanadas, Da Lobsta, Pink Taco, Whadda Jerk and more local food trucks at this fest near Eckhart Park. Oct 6Bacon and Beer Classic; Soldier FieldSample bacon-heavy dishes from the Berghoff, Connie's Pizza, City BBQ and more local eateries before washing it all down with more than 100 craft beers at this Soldier Field bash. Oct 6, 7Lincoln Square A
As of today, early voting has begun in Chicago ahead of the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, allowing voters to cast their ballot before election day arrives. If you're ready to head to the polls and make your voice heard, we've put together a simple guide to early voting in Chicago. Who is eligible to vote early? You don't have to provide a reason to vote early in Illinois. If you're a U.S. citizen who will be 18 years old by election day and have lived in Illinois for at least 30 days prior to November 6, you can register and cast an early ballot. Where can I go to vote early? From September 27 though October 21, the only location offering early voting and registration in Chicago is the Loop Super Site at 175 W Washington Street. It's open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. On October 22, early voting and registration will also be offered at one site in each of Chicago's 50 wards. You can find a complete list of these early voting locations and their respective hour on the Chicago Board of Elections website. These locations will allow early voting and registration through November 5—the day before election day. How do I register to vote? If you're not already registered to vote in Illinois (go here to find out if you are), you can register on-site at any of the early voting locations. You'll need to bring two forms of ID (a passport, a state-issued ID, a Chicago CityKey card, a credit or debit card, etc.) and at least one of t