You trained, you ran and you crossed the finish line—now it’s time to celebrate! Read on for some of the best ways to celebrate in Chicago.

27th Mile Post Party

Chicago loves to celebrate. After finishing such an iconic event, plan to make a stop at the 27th Mile Post Party and celebrate with your fellow racers. This event is open to public and it has live music entertainment for racers over the age of 21. It will be held at Grant Park on October 13, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Explore the City

The Windy City has so much to offer and a mellow afternoon or day after your race is an ideal time to hang out in a park or stroll through a museum. Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo and the modern wing at the Art Institute are some great starting points.

Bar Crawl

Celebrate your victory with a pint or two of beer. From the Sheffield’s Wine and Beer Garden, to Green Mill Cocktail Lounge there’s a place for everyone. The view in the bar at the top of the John Hancock building gives a different perspective of the 26.2 miles you just covered.


Honestly, sometimes when I finish a race all I want to do is sleep. I make sure my hotel has the right amount of comfort and relaxation. Room service is always a nice touch—who doesn’t like to be pampered a little bit?

Eat like a Champ

After training so hard and finishing the marathon, pigging out on some quality food seems ideal. From the full slab of St. Louis-style ribs at Smoque to a delicious pan pizza at Peqoud’s Pizza, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy post-Marathon cravings.

Enjoy the View from Willis Tower

America’s tallest building (formerly known as Sears Tower), delivers a bird’s eye view of the Windy City. Even better, you can take an elevator to the top!