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Race Elation

Run, don't walk, to these Chicago spots for Marathon-related deals.
Wednesday Sep 30, 2009.     By Ben Rubenstein
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Whether you're running or not, the Chicago Marathon is a big deal in this city. And come race day (Sunday, October 11), you're sure to be cheering - if not for all the participants, then at least for the great race-themed deals at local bars and restaurants. Listen up, runners - you get some extra-special privileges.

Runners get rewarded for all their hard work at this Lakeview bar. Stop in on Sunday with your marathon number, and you'll get a free pint of the beverage of your choice. Reminder: Take it slow.

The Pony
If you're not running, but plan to be a spectator, fueling up with $7 stacks of pancakes, $5 bloody marys and $7 mimosas makes good sense. You can even watch the race all day long while enjoying $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and Coors Light. After the race is over, runners will get their first drink on the house; no doubt they'll also want to stick around for the $12 New York Strip dinner as well.

Lottie's Pub
Marathon participants get their first drink free at this Bucktown staple, but that's not all. Lottie's will also be offering half-price pizza throughout the day, which means you can grab a 14-inch cheese pie for just $5.75. Other specials include $3 mimosas, $4 bloody marys, $5 mini burgers and breakfast sliders, and $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Would you run 26.2 miles to save yourself $72? If the answer is yes, bring yourself, your number and at least one guest to the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday after the race to get complimentary brunch with items like omelets, brioche French toast, house-smoked salmon, sushi, desserts and more. Your friend will have to pay the full $72 though (unless it's a kid between 5-12, then it's only $25). Seatings begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Affinia Chicago
Whether you're sore or just looking for a treat, this luxury hotel has you covered. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, runners and their friends will get free shoulder massages (what about the quads?), ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and mac 'n' cheese bites.

Looking to load up on carbs before the race? Check out these pre-Marathon pasta specials.


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