What To Do In Chicago – February 20-22, 2015

As featured on the Big John Howell Show on WLS-AM 890.

Mardi Gras Chaser 5k & 10k at Montrose Harbor
Saturday, February 21st at 10:00am

Didn’t get enough Mardi Gras this past week? Maybe you’re one of those married-to-my-job types that just couldn’t get away for the crawfish broil and hurricanes on Tuesday night. Or maybe it was just that extra paczki that you didn’t expect to eat.

This weekend run off that pastry and continue the party with the Back On My Feet Mardi Gras Chaser 5k & 10k at Montrose Harbor. Back On My Feet supports the homeless population in Chicago by providing programs, but very importantly, teaching the benefits of activity and running to health and well-being! Want the details? Here they are straight from their website:

On Saturday, February 21st shake the winter blues and kick off the 2015 running season with Back on My Feet Chicago’s exciting Mardi Gras Chaser 5K/10K. We have taken all that we have learned from years of participating and partnering with the top races around Chicago to create this race.

Join us for the only Mardi Gras race in town that also promises to be the most festive 5K/10K! There will be masks, music and motivation. The good times will then continue at the post-race party at Fat Cat, 4840 N Broadway. When you’re done flashing your speed, join us post-race starting at 10:30am to enjoy a free beer, indulge in a signature libation benefitting BoMF, dig into NOLA style brunch specials including Pain Perdue, Crawfish Platter and Creole Benedict, and earn more Mardi Gras beads buying tickets for a chance to win jazzy prizes!

Need one more reason to join us? So many races are for charity… but few are for a charity that is all about running! Back on My Feet Chicago uses the power of running to help change the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our city. All proceeds from the race will support Back on My Feet in providing programming to change lives one job, house, and mile at a time.

Who: 500+ Back on My Feet friends, family and Members
When: Saturday, February 21st , 10:00am.
Where: Montrose Harbor
What: All race participant will receive masks to be worn on race day, a Polar Fleece neck gaiter premium and all finishers will earn beads galor.

Race Registration: 5k $35 until Jan 31/$40 after; 10k $45 until Jan 31/$50 after.

Sleep in Option: $20 per person. Do you want to support Back on My Feet but don’t want to roll out of bed for the race? Then register for the Sleep in Option, you will receive the race swag but don’t have to leave the comfort of your bed.

Sponsorship Opportunities: To learn more contact Terri Rivera at 773-697-8508 or email terri@backonmyfeet.org.

The Pedway Tour
Sat., Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.

108 N. State St.
Block Thirty Seven
$20
773-593-4873

What does the organizer say about it?

Experience a Pedway Tour dedicated to winter sculpture, skyline exploration, deep-rooted history. “Walk the heated bridge,” according to publicity materials, “and head to the lake.” Get a heated coat on loan (if you forget to dress appropriate). After the tour, defrost with a cocktail at the hotel.

Read more at http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-the-pedway-tor-event#Mx3CV2TXVXKhzGfo.99

Ice Cream Making for Orchid Week at the Chicago Botanical Garden

Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream
Saturday, February 21
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

What they say about the event:

Get an up close look at one of the world’s tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream. Limit of two children per adult.

The Orchid Show

Thu., Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – Mar. 15 | More dates
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Garden
$8-$10, $25 parking fee
847-835-5440
Escape from winter to a tropical paradise created by 10,000 colorful, fragrant blossoms filling the greenhouses, galleries and halls of the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The month-long exhibition includes activities for every age and interest, including free concerts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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