What better reason to devour delicious carbs than Marathon Day? Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 13 and for all you runners (and spectators) here are a few of our favorite places to refuel before or after the big race.

Before the Big Race

Before the Chicago Marathon, you want to stock up on foods that are high in carbs and low in protein, fiber, cream, acid and fat. Here are some of our favorite options:

pasta from il porcellino

Get started with some tasty pasta at il Porcellino! We recommend the Whole Wheat Capellini with roasted tomato sauce, basil and olive oil. Click here to make a reservation at il Porcellino.

Cheeseless pizza with basil on top

The Rossa Pizza with tomato jam and arugula from Stella Barra Pizzeria comes without cheese and is a great dairy-free alternative. Click here to make a reservation at Stella Barra Pizzeria.

The seafood pasta from Osteria Via Stato on a wooden table

Osteria Via Stato’s Seafood Linguine with scallops, shrimp, calamari and Diavolo sauce is packed with carbs and is super filling for the big race the next day! Click here to make a reservation at Osteria Via Stato.

Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro Bread

The French baguette with sweet cream butter from Mon Ami Gabi is a great way to carb-load the night before the marathon. Click here to make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi. 


The Spicy King Crab with spaghetti nero (squid ink) anfresno chili from RPM Italian is a unique dish and special treat to indulge in. Click here to make a reservation at RPM Italian.



After the Finish Line


Get excited for Shaw’s famous seafood brunch and munch on some Lobster Mac and Cheese. Click here to make a reservation at Shaw’s.

brisket sandwich from bub city

Bub City’s 18-Hour Brisket Sandwich is a great way to refuel and get some of that energy back after the race! Click here to make a reservation at Bub City.

Hub 51 Chicken nachos

There is no better way to celebrate the end than with Hub 51’s famous Pulled Chicken Nachos with all-natural chicken, guacamole, tomato salsa, jalapenos, cheddar & oaxaca cheeses. Click here to make a reservation at Hub 51.

Wow Bao in the city

After you are done with the race you deserve one last carb! All you have to do is “run your buns” to present your marathon bib (or medal) at any downtown Wow Bao location to receive a free bao! Any flavor is valid, no purchase necessary. 

We hope the Chicago Marathon is a fun-filled, successful day for all and that you eat some great carbs along the way!

If you’d rather make the carbs in your own kitchen, click here to find out how to make homemade pasta from a professional chef!