You?ve lived in Chicago for years. How many times have you squired a visiting cousin or long-lost classmate on the architecture river cruise? Let?s just say you?re an expert on the tale of the car elevator in the Jewelers Building. ?
Next time, tell your houseguest to lace up her running shoes--the obligatory tourist outing is taking a calorie-burning turn.
With City Running Tours, you?ll see the sights and burn off the Chicago-style pizza you ate the night before. The company offers several easy 5Ks led by trained guides, like the Chicago Tragic Events Run for $25 per person.??
Of the four longer ?personal runs,? we opted for a private 8.1-mile Devil in the White City-themed tour ($85), based on the book about the 1893 Chicago World?s Fair and the serial killer who preyed upon the crowds. ??
Our guide was Marlin Keesler (he has completed 67 marathons), who showed us South Side spots such as the site where the murders took place, a gorgeous Japanese garden in Jackson Park and the burial place of Olympic runner Jesse Owens. Keesler kept up the witty commentary as we jogged along and stopped to take our photo at each landmark.
By the end, we felt virtuous enough to agree to deep-dish for lunch--again.