Chicago Marathon 2017 restaurant specials

Grab a big bowl of pasta and carb up before the run or celebrate crossing the finish line with a post-race victory meal

The Chicago Marathon is no joke; running a 26.2-mile race requires patience, time and months of training. Whether you’re hitting the course or getting up early to cheer from the sidelines, you deserve a little something for your efforts. Chicago’s top restaurants and bars are rolling out dining deals fit for runners and specators alike. Here’s where and how to cash in this weekend.

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Chicago marathon specials

Restaurants, Chinese

Imperial Lamian

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Show off your race ID for a complimentary bowl of build-your-own lamian (hand-pulled noodles). Simply select your favorite starch, broth and protein—and voila! Free food. 

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Joy District

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If you’re looking to live it up after the race on Sunday, head straight to this River North spot to enjoy 26.2 percent off your entire group’s tab after flashing your race ID. Stock up on tuna poke cones, sushi rolls, Asian BBQ duck steamed buns and large-format cocktails. 

Restaurants, Japanese

Slurping Turtle

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Flash your race ID before or after the marathon and you’ll be rewarded with any traditional maki roll on the house.

Restaurants, Pizza

Dough Bros

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After running 26.2 miles, no one’s going to judge you for grabbing a slice of pizza and heading home to crash. And when you buy one slice at this River North ’za shop, you’ll get a second for free. Just show your race ID and plan on dining in. 

Bars, Sports Bars

Lottieā€™s Pub

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Pregame your cheerleading duties with $2.62 marathon mimosas all day Sunday, then bring your runner in (don’t forget the race ID!) to enjoy 26.2 percent off food for the entire group.

Baptiste & Bottle
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Baptiste & Bottle

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In addition to enjoying a special Carbo Load Menu (housemade ricotta cavatelli, anyone?), runners who bring in a race ID will be treated to a free apple fritter at this gorgeous hotel restaurant.

Bars, Lounges


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For a pre-race indulgence, Pinstripes’s four Chicagoland locations are serving bottomless spaghetti and meatballs for just $12 per person on Saturday, October 7.

Bars, Sports Bars

The Pony

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All runners who show a race ID will receive 26.2 percent off food for their entire group. The classic Chicago establishment is also offering $15 domestic buckets and, best of all, call-ahead reservations.

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