The Leader’s guide to a successful Thanksgiving celebration in Elmhurst

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many EC students are wondering what to do when stuck on campus during their Thanksgiving break. The Leader did some digging, and found a few fun activities to do on Thanksgiving Day.

Turkey Trot

The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is an annual 5k run throughout Elmhurst on Thanksgiving morning. It was started in 1984 after Elmhurst resident Dan Gibbons became determined to raise money for the poor and homeless of DuPage County. Today the race sponsors many great charities, such as DuPage Pads, West Suburban Community Pantry and Catholic Charities of DuPage County.

Race day registration is $40 and begins at 6:45 a.m. at the registration tent outside of Faganel Hall. The race course will run through Downtown Elmhurst, causing some roads — such as York road — to be blocked off Thanksgiving morning. More information about the race as well as a map of the detour route can be found at

Krave Restaurant

If you find yourself hankering for something besides Chartwells on Thanksgiving, check out Krave Restaurant. Located on the corner of St. Charles and 83 in Elmhurst, Krave will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The restaurant serves everything from crepes to lamb chops, so even the pickiest eaters will be able to find something they enjoy.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

is year marks the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade will be broadcast on NBC at 9:00 a.m. and will feature stars such as Tony Bennet, Sarah McLauchlan, and SpongeBob Square Pants, everyone’s favorite, pineapple-residing sea-sponge.