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Run, Run, Run
First there was the Marathon, then lazy people like me decided that was too much and hence they invented the half marathon. Then we got a bit older and fatter so they gave us the quarter marathon. All three are available in Chicago - so if you are feeling sporty then where better to do some excercise. They all run at different times of the year! Though the half is in September? And don't worry they are hopefully working on the one eight marathon right now!
Equipment: You, running shoes, shorts and a vest (girls this is optional)
Soccer, pro and pick up.
Pick up soccer is everywhere in Chicago. The one I recommend is in Lincoln Park just south of Belmon Ave and west of Lakeshore Dr.and north of the Diversey Driving Range. Six days a week ( no fridays). Weekends 10am till 1130 am. Weekdays 5PM till 630 or so. Players from all over the world and US. People who actually played in the world cup to average skill. Just be on time or you will just watch.
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Equipment: I suggest you are insured!
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Bowling in Southport
Let's go bowling! And a place you'll always remember is Southport Lanes and Billiards. It's got to be one of the very few remaining genuine bowling bars anywhere in the US - and it is certainly the last such in Chicago. It's tiny - just four lanes - and you get to set your own pins. Buy a pitcher of Goose Island brew and have an old fashioned afternoon here.
Equipment: They do rent shoes here, and they have their own bowling balls, but of course you can bring your own.
The Horses They Are Not!
Big Joes is a cool little neighborhood bar that hosts possibly one of the most competative events in the entire Chicagoland area.
Prepair yourself for... TURTLE RACES. In the bar you recieve tickets for every beer you purchase and at race time you bet your tickets on what turtle you think will win. The person who won with the most tickets on a turtle gets a t-shirt and moves onto the finals. I might add that the last place looser gets a free drink.
At the end of six races all of the winners of all of the other races compete against each other to see who is champ.
The bar is full of regulars and is a lot of fun for all of the first timers, or turtle virgins as what the bar keep will call you.
Equipment: The races are held on every Friday and all that is needed is your best drinking buddy and a little cash for side bets.
The turtles are placed in the center of a wooden circle table and the first one to touch a corner of the table is declaired the winner.
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Cycling in Lincoln Park
You can cycle all the way along the North lake shore from downtown Chicago to God knows where through Lincoln Park. Great beaches, views and loads of people (on warm days).
Nice bicycle lanes.
Lake Shore Drive
Walk, run, jog, bike, hop, or crawl along Lake Shore Drive. You'll need to get some exercise after stuffing yourself with pierogis and deep dish pizza.
- Hiking and Walking
The North Avenue Beach House
An unusual structure (made to appear as a beached steamship) surrounded by sand lots for volleyball, horseshoe throwing, and other beach sports
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