Whether you're cheering from the sidelines or running the race, here's the gear that'll keep you comfy-and looking good-on Sunday 12.
By Kevin Aeh and Liz Plosser Photograph by Michelle Nolan|
For the hat-averse, the lucyRunning Headband tames flyaways, soaks up sweat and has special shaping that keeps ears warm. $16 at lucy (835 N Michigan Ave, 312-255-0257).
The crisp weather has arrived, so layer with the Asics Jaide Hoody, a semi-fitted, long-sleeve shirt with smart, functional details like a hole for your ponytail should you want to pull up the hood. $60 at asicsamerica.com.
As footwear and apparel sponsor of the race, Nike pulled out all the stops designing this year’s neighborhood-themed marathon gear. Our fave: this red Mile 21–Chinatown tee (there’s also a navy one for Mile 7–Wrigleyville). $32 at Niketown (669 N Michigan Ave, 312-642-6363).
Designed to provide maximum support to the psoas muscle and lower core muscles, these Asics Inner Muscle Knee capris boost running posture and form. $60 at asicsamerica.com.
The just-launched Polar FT40 tracks your heart rate to calculate calories torched and whether you’re in your aerobic- or fat-burning zone. Then, download your workout deets onto your PC—it takes about three seconds with the FlowLink accessory. $180 (watch and heart-rate monitor) and $55 (FlowLink) at polarusa.com.
Runners need to hydrate even when the temp falls. This lightweight Asics Grip Water Carrier is ergonomically contoured so it’s a cinch to hold while running. $15 at asicsamerica.com.
The Nike Pegasus celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, but it’s never looked this cool: A mini triple-star logo inspired by the Chicago flag adorns the back of the shoe. $85 at Niketown.
Spectator Make sure your favorite runner can see you cheering in the crowd when you wear this bright flannel shirt. $60; gray T-shirt, $14, both at Urban Outfitters, locations around the city, urbn.com; Jbrand jeans, $198 at Ciao Bello (3829 N Southport Ave, 773-388-2201); belt, shoes, model’s own.
Bank of America Chicago MarathonGrant Park, 300 S Columbus Dr at Jackson Dr. El: Red, Blue to Jackson; Orange, Brown, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 1, 3, 4 (24hrs), 6, 7, 14, 26, 28, 126, 145. Sat 12, 8am.