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Oct. 10, 2014

Marathon mania

An estimated 45,000 participants are expected to race through 26.2 miles of the city’s streets during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday.

For those planning to watch the event, DNAinfo Chicago published a helpful interactive map of the race route. The map highlights “significant race points,” local businesses hosting race parties, and some prime viewing locations.

The race is scheduled to begin in Grant Park at 7:20 a.m. with the Marathon Wheelchair Start, according to ChicagoMarathon.com. The final heat – Wave 2 – will start at 8 a.m.

Tech talk

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker appeared on First Business News today to promote the upcoming Chicago Venture Summit event.

Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week, the Chicago Venture Summit aims to connect investors and technology startups. It will be held at Venue SIX10, located at 610 S. Michigan Ave in the South Loop. The event will feature a number of speakers, including Uber cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick and Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal.

“Opportunity is burgeoning here and if … you’re a venture capitalist, coming to Chicago is like newfound territory,” Pritzker said, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

For more information on the event visit ChicagoVentureSummit.com.

Movie magic

Ever have trouble suspending your disbelief while watching Hollywood blockbusters? Well you might be interested in the latest offering from the Field Museum and the Music Box Theatre.

The two Chicago institutions are pairing up for the “Cinema Science” series, during which Field Museum reseachers will lecture on the practical sciences applied in “Jurassic Park,” “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jaws.” The monthly lectures will take place at the Music Box, located at 3733 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview, and precede screenings of the films, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

“Cinema Science” kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a viewing of “Jurassic Park.”

Presidential drive

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reportedly mulling a 2016 presidential run, and one Chicago woman has started a public campaign to promote a ticket featuring Clinton and an unlikely running mate.

Laurel Kate Sittig, who works as an editor at an online photography equipment store, wants Clinton’s running mate to be pop diva Beyoncé, according to The Hill. Sittig has printed and begun selling bumper stickers that read, “Hillary/Beyoncé 2016.”

“I think Hillary [Clinton] is an amazing person, and I was like, well, who would run with Hillary?” Sittig explained. “Then I thought, Beyoncé’s pretty cool. And she has that song, ‘Run the World (Girls).’ So I thought she’d be down to, like, help run the world — or the U.S. at least.”

-Tom Butala