Chicago Turkey Trot Guide

Turkey Trots have become an essential part of Thanksgiving tradition. The holiday best known for food comas, family and football now includes a morning Turkey Trot in preparation for the 5000 calories headed your way. Thanksgiving has become the largest running event of the year as participants flock, no pun intended, to events across the country. 

We have two things for you in this article

1 - A list of Turkey Trots happening around the Chicago area you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides Chicago Turkey Trot map to help you find Turkey Trots near you

Gobble Gobble Run or Wobble 5K

Lincolnwood Turkey Trot

Date: November 6, 2021
Location: Oak Lawn
Distances: 5k

This fun Thanksgiving themed 5k run is a fundraiser for the St. Linus School. Each year proceeds from the event go directly to helping the students of St. Linus. Celebrate the day by staying after the run for post-race refreshments, raffles, and music. 

 > Get more info about the Gobble Gobble Run or Wobble 5K

Turkey Trot Chicago

Date: November 25, 2021
Location: Chicago
Distance: 5k, 8k

The Turkey Trot Chicago is a popular  annual Thanksgiving 5k and 8k run (plus a kids race!) that supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The run is centered around the Turkey Day Tailgate, where runners can take part in activities like Corn Hole, Football Toss, Turkey Bowling and more, while sipping on warm apple cider.  

> Get more info about the Chicago Turkey Trot

North Shore Turkey Trot

North Shore Turkey Trot

Date: November 25, 2021
Location: Highland Park
Distances: 5k, 10k

Before you loosen your belt, tighten your laces and join in on the largest turkey trot in Chicago! This timed 5k and 10k event is a staple for the whole family on Thanksgiving Day. 

 > Get more info about the North Shore Turkey Trot

Chicago Edison Park Turkey Trot

Chicago Edison Park Turkey Trot

Date: November 25, 2021
Location: Edison Park
Distance: 5k

The Edison Park Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving tradition at Edison Park and is expecting 5500 runners! The race features a 5k as well as a Gobble Gallop for the kids. Every year they raise money for various charities, and this year they have chosen three charities - Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Ignite the Spirit, and Salute, Inc.

> Get more info about the Chicago Edison Park Turkey Trot

Long Grove Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Location: Long Grove
Distance: 5k, 8k

Come Thanksgiving morning and run the downtown historic streets of Long Grove finishing under the famous covered bridge! Wake up, have fun with family and friends while working up a big appetite for your Thanksgiving turkey.

> Get more info about the Long Grove Turkey Trot 

Pilgrim Pie Run

Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

Date: November 25, 2021
Location: La Grange
Distance: 3.14 miles

A delicious Thanksgiving Day run hosted by The Rotary Club of La Grange, IL. The race winds through the scenic streets of La Grange mid-village. The first 2000 registrants will also receive a free Sara Lee pie!

> Get more info about the Pilgrim Pie Run

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Date: November 25, 2021
Location: Downtown Elmhurst
Distance: 5k

The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is a fun run/walk that draws between 7,500-8,000 participants each year on Thanksgiving Morning! The trot takes place in downtown Elmhurst. The gun goes off promptly at 9am and they offer a beer/bloody mary tent with a DJ after the run. 

> Get more info about the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Schaumburg Half Marathon & 5k Turkey Trot

Schaumburg Half Marathon & 5k Turkey Trot

Date: November 27, 2021
Location: Schaumburg
Distance: Half Marathon, 5k

Celebrate the end of the season at one of Chicagoland's largest half marathon & 5k events. The event offers a relatively flat, scenic, USATF certified paved course. There is also a 5k Run/Walk for those who want to participate in something a bit shorter.

> Get more info about the Schaumburg Half Marathon & 5k Turkey Trot

Grant Park Turkey Trot

Grant Park Turkey Trot

Date: November 27, 2021
Location: Grant Park
Distance: 5k

Work off your thanksgiving feast with family and friends and don't forget to bring the little ones for the Free Kid's Dash. All 5k participants will receive a long sleeve souvenir shirt!

> Get more info about the Grant Park Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Date: November 18 - 25, 2021
Distance: As far as your team can go!

During the Turkey Trot team challenge your team of 1 – 4 people will work together to see how far you can move as a team during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. 

Every 13.1 miles (21.1km) that your team covers earns you entires into a draw to win prizes.

> Learn more about the Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Looking for More Runs?

For the complete list of Turkey Trots and other races happening in and around Chicago go to

chicago turkey trot map

Published on Nov 10, 2021