Where to Carbo Load Before the Marathon

Here's where to get your pasta fix before the marathon.

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Marathon runners will be looking for a good place to carbo load before the race, and to celebrate afterward. The following Chicago restaurants are offering special deals for the pasta-inclined.
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Luxbar invites marathoners and their families to hit the Gold Coast hot spot the day after the big race for a special Monday edition of brunch. The patio will be open weather-permitting, and you'll want to dig into all those foods you've been avoiding while training.
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Carbo load at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush, where they're offering exclusive pasta specials on the Friday and Saturday night before the marathon. Head back on Sunday and get 20 percent off your meal.
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Quay Restaurant and Bar is offering a pre- and post-marathon brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Riva Crab House on Navy Pier offers exclusive $15 pasta specials on Friday and Saturday night before the marathon including Rigatoni Wild Boar Ragout and Pennette Primavera.
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On Saturday, Viand Bar & Kitchen offers a $25 three-course menu featuring pennette pasta as the carbo-loading star.
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Osteria Via Stato offers a special faro salad for $6.99 and mezzi rigatoni with crushed tomatoes and garlic for $11.95.
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Butch McGuire's offers a special menu Thursday through Saturday. $12.99 gets you a full meal with entrees such as Meatball Pasta Marinara and Vegetable Lasagna. The party continues for runners after the race, with appetizer and drink specials.
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Located steps from the finish line, new South Loop spot The Scout Waterhouse and Kitchen hosts a pre and post Marathon brunch on Saturday and an all-inclusive food and drink buffet Sunday for runners.
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Tribute offers a pre-marathon pasta dinner on Saturday with specials including Vegetable Lasagna, Lobster Carbonara Shrimp Scampi and Spaghetti and Meatballs.
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Tuscany on Taylor Street offers exclusive pasta specials available on the Friday and Saturday night before the marathon. $15 specials include Rigatoni Wild Boar Ragout and house-made pasta.
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Cucina Paradiso offers a variety of $15 pasta specials for carbo-loading such as the Rigatoni Spinachi and Pappardelle pasta.
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Simone's on 18th Street Pilsen is the perfect spot for watching the race go by. The restaurant is opening its doors at 9 a.m. for breakfast/brunch service.
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