One of Chicago’s best events every year is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, coming up this Sunday on October 11th. Whether you’re running it yourself, or cheering on a friend, it’s a fantastic way to get to know the city a little better. The Marathon route goes through many of Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, and the new Chicago Marathon Collection from Nike celebrates that. Nike invited me to visit their showroom and see for myself. As a relatively new Chicagoan, I loved seeing how the different pieces in this collection highlighted the diversity and uniqueness of the city. Take the Nike Poster Women’s T-Shirt ($28), above. The front of the shirt features a design of the Chicago flag, and the back? Look closely:
and you’ll see a poster full of the places that make Chicago so great. I spy Bucktown, Wrigleyville, Old Town (my neighborhood!), Bronzeville, and Michigan Avenue, among others. And being that it’s from Nike, of course it’s functional as well as stylish. It’s made of Nike’s signature Dri-FIT fabric that keeps sweat away, so that you can be as comfortable as possible while running. I also really adored this Heart T-shirt, and there are some great pieces for guys, too.
Another part of the collection is this LunarGlide+ running shoe. I’m very excited to try running in the LunarGlide+ shoes, as they’re designed specifically to help with stability and support, something that I definitely need help with. The shoes are available in a lot of fun colors, and I think the Chicago version looks the sleekest. The design is based off the flag and stars adorn the inside of the shoe. Cute!
Good luck to all of you that are running this weekend, and Nike’s got you covered with their Finishers Collection after the race. Check out nike.com and NIKETOWN (Michigan & Erie) to see everything! If you’re not in Chicago, not to worry. Nike will be rolling out collections for the New York City and Boston Marathons, among others, as well. A special thanks to Nike for inviting me to preview this collection!