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- This was a fun run which ended up being longer than we thought. Start out in the parking lot of the Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve. The entrance is at the corner of Thatcher and Chicago Avenue. Just north-west of the parking lot is a fence for the softball field; behind it is the entrance to the path that will take you to the river. Follow the path west, to the river, then make a left (south). This is a long stretch to Madison Street. You'll notice that after you cross Chicago Avenue, you'll run a while before you get to an obvious choice in the paths: down by the river or heading east on higher ground. Chose the higher path to avoid the mud. This path will wind its way closer to the river. Eventually, you'll be able to read the sign on the bridge that says "Madison Street". Turn back. On our way back, we decided to run straight (on an obvious path) rather than head east toward the river area south of Chicago Avenue. This took us to the lake and parking lot behind the museum. We crossed Chicago Avenue into the weed-filled parking lot on the north side of Chicago. There's an obvious path continuing into the woods toward the parking lot where we started. From the starting point, continue through to the path behind the softball diamond, to the river, and head north this time. At this point, you are making a large loop around the open field. Head north along the river until you see a path to the right (a tree will be spray painted with some numbers and an arrow pointing east). Take that path east. When you see the railroad tracks on the left, make a right and you're heading south, back to the parking lot.