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New Year's Day 2013 in Chicago

Start Your New Year Off Right with These Events on New Year's Day and Beyond.


As a New Year ushers in, check out our list of things to do on New Years Day and beyond in Chicago to help you start off 2013 right, including accomplishing resolutions and more. Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve in the Windy City? Visit our New Year's Eve Guide for ideas, including parties and restaurants serving special meals and champagne toasts.

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1. Chicago's 28th Annual New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk

Begin your New Year off with the annual Chicago's New Year's Day 5K Run & Walk - the city's first official 5K of 2013. An estimated 1,500 runners and walkers are expected to lace up on the first day of the New Year at the run & walk that starts at the south end of Lincoln Park. The course route winds north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor before returning to the North Avenue Field House. A portion of run/walk proceeds will benefit the Lake View Citizens' Council, a non-profit neighborhood organization. In addition, there will be a post-event party that includes the awarding of winner trophies and raffle prizes and complimentary drinks (with ID), as well as non-alcoholic drinks for participants of all ages. Cost is $30 pre-race day. (Prices start at $35 race day.)

2. Lakeview Polar Bear Club's 12th Annual Charity Polar Plunge

The Lakeview Polar Bear Club (LPBC) is hosting its 12th annual charity Polar Plunge on January 26th, 2013. If you are brave enough, you can join the club as they "plunge" into Lake Michigan at the Oak Street Beach at noon (arrive by 11 a.m.). (Learn about the club's history and see pictures of people doing past plunges.) Registration costs are $20/per swimmer when registering in advance. Otherwise, it is $30/per swimmer. As the club's Web site states: "While there are many fantastic charities that raise money for good causes, the LPBC stands apart by raising money for specific families."

3. Train for a 5K or Half Marathon

If running a race is a resolutions goal of yours, check out Chicago Endurance Sports No Boundaries training program for beginner runners or those wanted to get back into running, or the group's Half Marathon training program. Both kicked off in February. Costs start at $119. I did CES's No Boundaries program this past fall. While I had run four marathons in the past, I had gotten out of running and lost my confidence. I can attest that the program works. No only did it build my running endurance and confidence, I was able to complete a 5K race after much time away from running. One thing I absolutely loved about the No Boundaries program was that CES's coaches truly never leave your side. Even if you are the last one out on the running path during a training run, tney will not only wait for you but run with you. Here is a blog I wrote about the No Boundaries program.

4. The Local

Diners looking for a New Year's Day filled with comforting food and a touch of nostalgia can visit The Local for a delicious and filling breakfast, lunch or dinner. Starting at 6:30 a.m., the restaurant will be offering their signature breakfast options, including prime filet and poached eggs, vanilla brioche French toast and smoked salmon bagel. For lunch and diner, options include a lobster quesadilla, bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp, Dr. Pepper BBQ baby back ribs, mushroom and gruyere burger and ahi tuna burger. Guests can also keep the previous night's celebration going strong with the restaurant's selection of craft brews and spirits. Reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner can be made by calling 312-280-8887.

5. Join the Wellness Club at Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park

If your New Year’s resolution is health-related think about joining the Wellness Club at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park. Memberships, which cost $49 per month, include unlimited healthy cooking classes; unlimited nutrition classes; unlimited yoga and fitness classes; and a 10% discount off healthier products sold in the store. Tip: For the month of January, the club is offering a special: $31 for 31 Days of Wellness.

6. Chicago's First Indoor Single-Loop 5K in February

The Warm Your Heart 5K is Chicago's only single-loop indoor 5K, held inside McCormick Place on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 through January 1, 2013 when registration closes.
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