Uptown’s 5K Art Run will take runners past murals while raising money for women’s stays

UPTOWN – An ongoing event focusing on public art is coming to Uptown to raise money for a local nonprofit.

Runstreet’s Chicago Holiday 5K for Sarah’s Circle is on December 5, taking runners past some of Uptown’s most popular murals and street art.

The event starts at 9 a.m. from Drink Happy Thoughts, 942 W. Montrose Ave. The leisurely jog will meander through Uptown and hit places like the Clifton Street Art Gallery and other murals.

Tickets cost $ 35 and can be purchased here. Half of the proceeds from the tickets go to Uptown-based Sarah’s Circle, which offers housing and social services to women facing homelessness.

There will be five stops along the route. Tom Leddy, a runner and local art expert, will lead lectures and discussions about each work of art at the stops, said Marnie Kunz, founder of the running group Runstreet, which produces the event.

The group has an average of 10 miles per hour and includes several stops, making it accessible to both beginners and expert runners, she said.

“It’s very beginner – friendly,” Kunz said. “It’s a great way to learn about the neighborhood.”

Credit: Brands Jackson Photography
The runway art run leads runners past street art in Chicago neighborhoods.

This event is Runstreet’s holiday-themed Art Run, and attendees are encouraged to dress in ugly sweaters or other seasonal clothing.

Kunz founded Runstreet in 2013 and offers organized running groups and events in New York City.

While jogging through the city, Kunz wanted to snap and post pictures of street art she encountered. People would comment and ask where a particular piece could be found, prompting Kunz to organize races centered around discovering art in neighborhoods.

Figure skating is held in New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. Previous races in Chicago have taken place in West Town, Logan Square and Pilsen.

“People kept asking me, ‘Where is that art?'” Kunz said. “I thought, ‘I should help connect people more with street art.’ From the beginning, there were many interested people.”

Uptown has increasingly become a public art destination. The second ever art Uptown Art Week held in August brought 40 public works of art to Uptown.

One of the new murals is on the facade of Drink Happy Thoughts, the Uptown cafe that is the starting and ending point of the run.

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