Chicago: known for an abundance of historic architecture, one (great) Great Lake, a Magnificent Mile of shopping, and uber-famous hot dogs, popcorn, and deep-dish pizza. But did you know the Windy City is also home to a booming boutique fitness scene full of innovative studios with a friendly Midwestern feel?
Here’s everything you need to know about #peerfitting in Chicago.
Studios for Balance
Bare Feet Power Yoga
The Space Between
Bottom Line Yoga
The hustle in Chicago is REAL, and it’s definitely infectious. Maintaining balance in the ever-busy city is essential to preventing burnout and staying on track to meet those big goals (and deadlines)! What better way to unwind and reset than through yoga or meditation? Options for getting your mind right are endless in Chicago, regardless of experience. Whether it’s heart-thumping hot power yoga, a slower-paced yin, candlelight flow, or guided meditation you’re sure to find a class to suit your needs any day of the week. Don’t forget to take a deep breath and smile.
Studios for Cardio
Iron and Oar
Head out to the Lakefront Trail on a Summer day, and you’ll see waves of people running, walking, and cycling down the 18-mile scenic stretch of pavement. Open water swimmers take off from the beaches of Lake Michigan, and kayaks and paddleboards dot the Chicago River. Summer in Chicago is a marvelous thing, but winter rears its head fast and hard in the Windy City. Fortunately, there are countless indoor cardio options throughout the city to get that heart rate up sans windburn and frostbite. With simulated cycling, rowing, guided treadmill runs, and HIIT circuits bringing the heat, you’ll forget about the foot of snow outside.
Studios for Strength
The Bar Method
Feeling inspired to train like a pro? With eight major-league sports teams and a legacy like Michael Jordan’s, it’s hard not to. Chicago has plenty of studio and class options, led by amazing instructors, to challenge and ignite the inner athlete in everyone. Gain confidence and momentum by lifting heavy weights in a strength class. Feel the long, slow burn shaking on a megaformer. Lengthen and strengthen at the barre, and learn to get comfortable being uncomfortable, while conditioning like the best of the best.
Regardless of your fitness needs, the Windy City has you covered. You’ll walk away feeling like the champion of your world, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. (Deep-dish reward highly encouraged.)