With so much to do and see in the Southwest suburbs, you might just be as busy as the runners!


Palos Heights
With a course so beautiful, it’s only fitting that the race’s start and finish point is considered an official Tree City, featuring a number of excellent restaurants, boutique shops and beautiful recreational amenities. From the starting line in Palos Heights, the course for the Southwest Half Marathon passes through the lush forest preserve in Palos Hills and Palos Park.

Palos Park
Palos Park will no doubt be one of the most naturally beautiful towns you’ve ever seen. Spectators and runners can treat themselves to the charming Plush Horse Ice Cream Parlor and visit the Palos Preserve, which consists of more than 10,000 acres of lush and untouched forestry.

Orland Park
Orland Park is Illinois’ largest city outside of Chicago. When you come to Orland Park, you will be awed with an impressive downtown lined with a number of shops and restaurants that will please any palette. Coming from Orland Park? Click to view the local Palos Metra.

Alsip
The Double Tree Hotel offers a block of rooms for those participating in the event and their families who may be spectators of the Southwest Half Marathon. A few blocks away is the town of Crestwood, where spectators and runners can choose from an array of retail shops and a number of restaurants.

Visiting downtown Chicago?
A mere 20 miles from downtown Chicago, traveling to and from the southwest suburbs is facilitated with easy access to major highway roads (I-294 and I-57) and Metra trains.

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