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A Different Kind of Dine and Dash

Outstanding eateries for athletes in Chicago Northwest

More and more Americans are choosing race-cations over relaxation; basketball tournaments instead of basking on the beach. These are the people who travel with their sneakers on rather than risk the airline losing them. They get to see new places, meet and mingle with like-minded athletes, and bond with existing friends and family. And let’s not forget the food. Chicago Northwest has countless eateries with mouthwatering menus and enough space to accommodate large groups before, during and after your sporting event.

Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg - Chicagoland restaurantsMorning motivation
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The right balance of AM fuel helps athletes feel fuller longer and improves their performance. Many hotels in Schaumburg offer complimentary continental breakfasts for their guests. Here you can find healthy starters with just the right amount of protein—think steel-cut oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter mixed in, topped with a sliced banana. Or, attendees can grab a protein smoothie or breakfast scramble from Protein Bar to start the day right. When your event calls for something more robust, check out the weekend brunch at Shaw’s Crab House. In addition to traditional breakfast items like waffles and omelets, it also boasts a chilled seafood station and many of Shaw’s signature dishes, such as Parmesan Crusted Cod and Crab Cakes.

Carb loading
Maggiano's Little Italy Lasagna - Chicagoland restaurants
Serious athletes know that carb loading doesn’t begin the night before a marathon or a multi-day tournament of any type. It usually takes two or three days of eating carbohydrates for your muscles to get enough glycogen for peak performance. With that in mind, attendees can try a different restaurant in Schaumburg each night to get their fill.

Maggiano’s Little Italy offers several pasta dishes perfect for this purpose. While they can order anything off the menu, athletes typically stick to foods with tomato-based sauces rather than butter-based creams, which are harder to digest. Mom’s Lasagna with crumbled meatballs, sausage and marinara sauce is a great choice, as is their Chicken Parmesan.

Morton's The Steakhouse Schaumburg filet mignon - Chicagoland restaurantsOr, choose from seven different types of potatoes plated next to a succulent steak from Morton’s The Steakhouse: jumbo baked, lyonnaise, sour cream mashed, twice baked au gratin, Parmesan and truffle matchstick fries, hash browns or Chicago-style horseradish mashed. Of course, when in Chi-town anything served up Chicago-style is a must—whether it’s potatoes or pizza!

Celebratory meals
Eating a plate of hot wings or a decadent dessert right before an event usually isn’t a good idea. But few things are more rewarding than doing so after months of training and finally achieving a goal. Wildfire Restaurant has one of the best dessert menus in town. Whether attendees are craving something simple like a slice of apple streusel pie or something a little more sinful like the Wildfire Ice Cream Sandwich complete with a fudge brownie, Snickers® ice cream, hot fudge and caramel sauce, they won’t be disappointed.

Weber Grill Restaurant Schaumburg ribs - Chicagoland restaurantsThese are just a few favorite dining options in Chicago Northwest. Other popular eateries on Schaumburg’s Restaurant Row include The Clubhouse and Weber Grill. Chow down, then play ball!

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