Local Running Stores

CARA encourages runners to shop from locally-owned running stores, rather than big box stores or online retailers.


Official CARA Partner Stores:

  • Fleet Feet (Chicago [South Loop, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Old Town], Deerfield, Elmhurst, Oak Park)

    • CARA Supporter Level members receive a ​$10 digital gift card to Fleet Feet Chicago. Fleet Feet is Chicago’s running store, where you can shop shoes, gear, nutrition, and more. Gift card valued at these locations (Chicago-Lincoln Square, Chicago-Old Town, Chicago-South Loop, Chicago-Lakeview, Deerfield, Oak Park, and Elmhurst). Digital gift card will be e-mailed approximately one week after 2021 membership renewal.

  • Peak Running (Burr Ridge, Downers Grove & LaGrange)

  • Running for Kicks (Palos Heights)

  • Xtra Mile (Schaumburg)


Additional locally owned stores:

The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. 

CARA, with over 10,000 members, is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year.


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