Family Races and Walks in Chicagoland

Ready, set, go! Most of these races raise money for charities, too.

On your mark, get set, GO!

Check out these family races and walks in the city and suburbs. Some have charities that they raise money for and others are just for holiday family fun.

Be sure to check their websites and register ahead of time. Most have early-bird pricing and some even fill up before the day of the race. 

Water for Life 5k

Sept. 4, 2023

This annual 5K fun run race, “Water is Life” helps raise money for building wells in South Africa. Registration required.

Chicago Half Marathon & 5K at Jackson Park

Sept. 24, 2023

To run the 5K you must be over the age of 8. To run the half marathon, you must be over the age of 14. New this year is a kids run for ages 2-12. For the 5K and half marathon you will receive a t-shirt, bib and goody bag. For the kids run, you will earn a t-shit and medal along the way.

Lawndale 5k at Lawndale Christian Fitness Center

Sept. 30, 2023

The race will begin on Ogden and Ridgeway and will have a family fest afterwards. The Adult 5K is for 18 and up and the Youth 5K is for ages 5-17.  

Long Grove’s Prairie State Half Marathon, 10K & Oktoberfest 5K

Sept. 30, 2023

This race takes runners on a tour through the historic downtown streets & neighborhoods of Long Grove. Registration required.

Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley

Sept. 30, 2023

  • Address: 830 S. Addison Ave., Villa Park
  • Cost: $30/5K and 2-mile walk, $100/team or family of 4, free/ages 3 and under and Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley clients

All abilities and skill levels are welcome in this 5k/2-Mile walk event. Your participation will help fund the therapies children need to achieve their own superhero goals. All pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt and race day includes an after-run party, food and drinks, raffle prizes, family-friendly entertainment, live music and more.

Carrera de los Muertos in Historic Pilsen Neighborhood

Oct. 28, 2023

This annual race takes place in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood. There will be a post-race festival that includes music, dancing, food, costumes and more.

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K at Grant Park

Nov. 5, 2023

Hot chocolate fans, this race is for you. It’s your choice to either walk two miles or run a 5K, 10K or 15K with your family. The post-run party includes a finisher mug with fondue, dip-bales and hot chocolate.

‘Go Run

Through Nov. 18, 2023

  • Cost: Free

In partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Area Runners Association, get up and race with these free, timed 5K or 1-mile runs in local parks. Must register for every date you plan on attending.

Here are the following parks participating:

Lemons of Love Pink Lemonade 5K Run/Walk at the Lions Recreation Center

Oct. 1, 2023

This annual event brings our community together to raise funds and awareness for Lemons of Love. Other activities include vendors, coloring station, raffle prizes and refreshments. 

Halloween Hustle 5K and Kid’s Dash at Adrenaline Special Events

Oct. 28, 2023

All 5K participants will receive a long-sleeve dri-fit tee, race timing bib, finisher medal and free beer or soft drink at Tap House Grill. Kid’s Dash (recommended for ages 3-10) participants will receive a kids shirt, race bib, finisher medal and pumpkin. Registration required.

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