Thanks for the goodie! I'll be spending a lot more time on the dreadmill in the coming months.
Yes, Chicago is a great running town with a dynamic running community. I've found over 25 races just from now until the end of November, all within 25 miles of home. So, if you are a competitive runner, or just like to race, this is a great place.
Fortunately, I can run in just about any weather conditions. There's nothing like a sub-zero wind chill to keep you moving.