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Chicago Running Tours & More

Chicago, IL, USA
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About Chicago Running Tours & More
Chicago Running Tours & More offers scheduled and private tours. Our scheduled tours are at or just over the 5k distance and range from 90 minutes to 2 hours. Our guides have been trained by a "certified" Chicago Professional Tour Guide. Join us for a morning SCHEDULED run: Grant Park 5k at 8 a.M. Sundays & 7:15 a.M. Thursdays. Chicago River Navy Pier 5k at 7:15 a.M. Tuesdays and Fridays. Chicago Tragic Events at 8 a.M. Saturdays and 7:15 a.M. Sundays. We have a limit of 15 participants for our scheduled runs. Our PRIVATE tours include 1) City in a Garden (5.62 Miles), 2) Tower to Tower (6 miles), 3) Run to Wrigley (6.48 Miles), 4) Devil in the White City (8.1 Miles) Participants who complete all 4 private routes receive a 26.2 Finishers certificate and a long sleeve tech finishers shirt. Come join us for the best tour experience in Chicago while you take care of your cardio needs at the same time.
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WK2410 wrote a review Aug 2021
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My husband and I did the 5K fun run this past Sunday with Evan as our guide. We loved it! We received it as a wedding gift (a creative fun gift idea for runners or anyone with some enjoyment of jogging/running and history/landmarks). Highly recommend! And you leave with lots of memorable photos taken by your guide!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Morrmarathons wrote a review Jan 2020
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I was in town on business in January and wanted a route relatively free from wintry elements so I thought this would be a good way to have a local craft a route that would be scenic and safe. Marlin was not only a knowledgeable guide and had many interesting stories and facts, but ran the course the day before to make sure it wasn't too icy. I was a little time-bound and he made sure we ended on time. This running tour was the perfect blend of running talk, city/scenery facts and beautiful views. I've been on a number of running tours in several cities, and he had an added element I've not yet seen- he offers tickets to the Willis Tower or Art Institute in addition to the run. It was a very nice touch especially if you are in town for fun. If you're in Chicago I'd highly recommend a running tour with Marlin- and even if it's in wintry months, don't be intimidated. The route was very pretty in its winter glow.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Marlin K, Owner at Chicago Running Tours & More
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Thank you for your kind review. So far for this winter season you ran the coldest tour. It was 15f when we started. You demonstrated that a running tour on a cold winter day is very doable, scenic, and fun. Thank you for spending this part of your Chicago visit with me. And best of luck on your upcoming marathon. Marlin
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Josie C wrote a review Oct 2019
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I was planning a girls trip to Chicago and this was going to be the first time for all of us to visit the city. While planning our itinerary it literally took me months to convince them to sign up for a running tour. "Its a tour! We'll stop a lot! I'll ask him to run slow!" Finally I convinced them to do it, and we ended up planning it for our last day of the trip. The few days before I could see the apprehension in their faces (the weather was not looking favorable) but luckily the North Face store was just a block up from our hotel and I assured them that running in slightly cooler temps was 1000 times better then running in heat and humidity (haha!) And then the day arrived. Marlin met us at our hotel and then we were off and running. In my opinion it was perfect running weather. Overcast, with a slight drizzle at times. Even though we had already done some sightseeing before our tour Marlin took us to places we had not explored yet with great explanations of what we were seeing. I loved the fun pictures he took of us running (and with two of the girls being photographers, Marlins photos are still my favorite). Finally we ended at the Art Institute which I had actually not planned on and this ended up being a wonderful surprise and end to our run. Overall 10 stars and my reluctant colleagues agreed with me afterwards they had a great time and really enjoyed it also (despite our total distance being 7 instead of 5 miles because of the extra travel time from the hotel, but they're only slightly annoyed by that hehe).
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Marlin K, Owner at Chicago Running Tours & More
Responded 28 Jan 2020
I am so grateful for this review. You took the time to provide the best experience for your friends even with their apprehensions. I'm pleased all turned out well and they enjoyed the experience you set up. Thanks for the 10 stars and your kind words on the photos. You may forget many of the stories I tell, but those photos are forever. You know who to check in with the next time you visit Chicago. Marlin
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Lisa wrote a review Aug 2019
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We meet Marlin on the train while planning our itinerary for the day. He happened to have availability and gave us a wonderful tour of The Art Institute. He is an awesome storyteller and taught us so much in a short amount of time. Our group of four, aged 13 to 64, were all captivated by his tour. He’s in the business of making friends and we all felt like we made a friend. Great tour, can’t wait for our next tour with Marlin.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Marlin K, Owner at Chicago Running Tours & More
Responded 28 Jan 2020
It's not every day I sit behind folks, on the train, who are planning a visit to the city. I just could not help myself offering uninvited suggestions. Now I'm glad I did. We ended up having a fun experience at the Art Institute and I made new friends and had fun. Thank you for your review. I am grateful. Marlin
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Carol S wrote a review May 2019
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I booked a day tour with Marlin to House on the Rock and Taliesin, with other Lloyd Wright sites on the way. Totally fantastic. He tailored it to what I wanted, was great company and organised it impeccably. As a docent at Oak Park studio he is very knowledgeable about Lloyd Wright too. He says his aim is to ensure people have fun and make memories, and he succeeded brilliantly. Book him well in advance as he is in demand. I'm really grateful to him for a truly great day trip.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Marlin K, Owner at Chicago Running Tours & More
Responded 28 May 2019
Carol, we had a great time and terrific conversation during our several hours of travel to and from Taliesin. Thank you so much for being my very first customer to take this trip. Even more so, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on tripadvisor.
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