Running in Evanston

53% Off Entry in Women's Half-Marathon

Zooma Women's Race Series

Burnham Park

$105 $49

Women's half-marathon takes a scenic lakefront route before ending with a post-race party complete with recovery massage and yoga

57% Off Entry to the Run Against Traffick 5k

Traffick Free

Diversey Harbor

$35 $15

3.1-mile run along Diversey Harbor raises awareness against human trafficking in Chicago

44% Off Running

Northwestern Settlement

Redeem from Home

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K – Up to 34% Off

ROC Race - Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K

U.S. Cellular Field

$108.90 $74

Costume-clad runners tackle 12 game-show-inspired obstacles as they race for victory on Saturday, July 12

Up to 40% Off 5K Race and T-Shirt

Chinatown 5K

Chicago

$41.82 $25

5K through Chinatown that includes a post-race raffle and a traditional Chinese lion dance

Up to 50% Off Pride 5K Registration and Party

Pride 5K

Lincoln Park

$90 $45

Don your raciest attire for an evening pre-Pride 5K; then groove at a post-race party with DJ Adam LeBlanc of the local band Sixteen Candles

Up to 51% Off Disco Dash 5K or 10K Race

Disco Dash 5K/10K- Guaranteed Rate

Soldier Field

$65 $32

Wearing leisure suits, sunglasses, and wigs, runners hustle along Lakeshore Trail before dancing at an after-party with a live band

Up to 55% Off Great Urban Race Team Entry

Great Urban Race

Theater on the Lake at Cactus Cantina

$120 $66

Scavenger-hunt-style race sends teams through city to compete for cash prizes and raise funds for St. Jude

Up to 58% Off Entry in Active Care Color Blast 5K

Active Care Color Blast 5K

Arlington Heights

$90 $45

Clouds of colored powder rise over the finish line, celebrating the completion of running and walking routes and kicking off an after-party

52% Off a 5K Running Music Festival from Nocturnal Lands

Nocturnal Lands

Toyota Park

$60 $29

5K music festival sees participants running to different DJ stages amid interactive light shows and celebrating at a main-stage after party

Up to 44% Off 5K Obstacle-Course Entry

Hit and Run 5K

Toyota Park

$35 $20

Runners dash through a 5K obstacle course; each registration includes one shirt, headband, and packet full of deals from sponsors

Up to 54% Off Entry in Bubble Palooza

Bubble Palooza

Lake County Fairgrounds

$43 $19.99

A deluge of bubbles transforms a three-mile route into a colorful wonderland as participants run, walk, and skip to the finish line

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Coaching at every level of the workout world, CrossFit Shoreside owner Michelle Larson and coach Will Howard share more than two decades of motivational fitness experience. They devoted more than 10 of those years to mastering CrossFit-specific instruction, know-how that they now puts to use with the help of their talented team of fellow instructors. At a studio nestled amid the shops and restaurants of downtown Evanston, the team leads intense 60-minute sessions built on exercises designed to increase functional mobility and flexibility. Although the experience is always challenging, it's also for everyone; thanks to the classes' small size, coaches can scale and modify the workouts to integrate students of all ages and ability levels. The gym even offers CrossFit classes for kids, where age-appropriate exercises encourage healthy habits at a young age, teaching students the benefits of an active lifestyle.

1703 Darrow Ave Unit 2
Evanston,
IL
US

Founder Rick Sweitzer started the adventure travel company in 1983 before leading one of the first amateur dogsled expeditions to North Pole. Driven by his vision, the guides and instructors of The Northwest Passage lead travelers of all skill and fitness levels to some of the most dramatic terrain on the planet. Locally, the team leads outings around the Chicago area, ranging from stand-up paddleboarding classes on Lake Michigan to kayaking and camping trips in Door County, Wisconsin. As for the rest of the world, Northwest Passage sends it adventurers to conquer it locale by stunning locale during programs that include hiking across Europe, trekking to remote Polar regions, and dressing up like scientists to infiltrate Area 51.

1130 Greenleaf Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US

Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres a mulligan. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the amusement you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today's Groupon gets you and a friend 18 holes with cart at River Oaks Golf Course for $40 (up to a $88 value, depending on the day you go). Your Groupon is good for any time Monday through Friday and after noon on weekends.

6145 Golf Road
Morton Grove,
IL
US

Red Towers Entertainment hosts events suitable for all adventure run enthusiasts. In fact, events actually breathes new life into the community, since its proceeds go straight local charities. Food and beverages are served at the finish-line party, where local bands will perform.

74 Park Drive
Glenview,
IL
US

In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.

2042 Northbrook Ct
Northbrook,
IL
US

Sponsored by Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jerseys Music Festival focuses on one of the few things that pleases a crowd like a pizza—live music. While live sets from local bands fill the air with festive beats, the crowd listens while noshing on food and beer specials tastier than the traditional music festival meal of a guitar full of Jell-O.

1151 Walden Lane
Deerfield,
IL
US

Evanston Scene