Chicago’s Thanksgiving Tradition Returns

The 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago is back with the Turkey Day Run Chicago 5K/8K and Plymouth Rock Ramble kids race.  Gather your flock and join us for this Thanksgiving Day tradition.  Supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, you’ll join fellow runners, joggers and walkers in some light hearted fun while ensuring no Chicagoan will go hungry this holiday season.

This November 23rd , Lincoln Park welcomes “turkeys” of all ages and paces.  Centered around the Turkey Day Tailgate, you’ll enjoy pre and post-race activities like Corn Hole, Football Toss, Turkey Bowling and more while sipping on warm apple cider.  We can’t anticipate the weather, but we can guarantee the fun!

Don’t just show up, show out!  Turkey and Thanksgiving costume is not required, just highly encouraged.



Register for the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago and receive the following:

  • Limited edition long sleeve race shirt
  • Finisher medal for all who cross the finish line **(NEW IN 2017)**
  • Complimentary beer from LaGunitas Brewing Co. (must be 21 years or older with photo ID)
    **(NEW IN 2017)**
  • Complimentary race photos courtesy of Athlinks
  • Post-race food and hot beverages
  • Access to the Turkey Day Tailgate finish festival
  • Overall and Age Group Awards!

**Adult 5K | 8K medal shown. Youth 5K and Plymouth Rock Ramble medal varies.


Walkers, speedsters and strollers alike, gather your whole family, friends and turkeys to join you at the Turkey Trot Chicago. Flocks of 10 or more will be rewarded.

  1. While registering for the race, be sure to enter the “Team/Flock name” you’ll be affiliated with to participate in the contest.
  2. Designate a Flock Captain
  3. Each flock with 10 or more registrants will chose to receive either a pair of turkey “run now gobble later” socks or a Turkey Tom silicon pint glass for each of the flock members.
    1. Flock Captain will pick up their team’s gifts at the Turkey Day Tailgate Finish Festival.
  4. Each flock will be entered to win a $50 Jewel gift certificate which will be awarded during the awards ceremony at 9:45 am at the Turkey Day Tailgate stage.

*Teams/Flocks participating under a racing team, charity team or other program are not eligible.