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Chicago Guide Vol. 2: Free Fitness Classes in Chicago

Yes - you read the title right. I'm talking about my summer of free fitness classes in the city. For quite some time I've been debating whether or not I would like to spend money on a gym or Class Pass membership. Let's face it - I'd much rather indulge in way too expensive coffee from Starbucks or a delicious ice cream cone from Cone Gourmet than a fitness expense. 

Well, because I'm too worried about the cost of life these days (sometimes a good thing and sometimes a bad thing), I've been looking for ways to save and one of those is with free yoga classes and occasional barre classes. I'd also say I like to I'm saving by making my own coffee, but that's not always the case. When I moved to the city, I purchased a Krups espresso maker. It's time I bite the bullet and take the time learn how to make a solid cup in the morning or else I'll just have to go with good 'ol water :)

Now that I've gone off track a bit... let's get back to the free class stuff...

I started visiting different fitness stores close to my apartment while doing errands after work or on the weekends and realized they typically offer at least one free yoga class a week. Other more notable locations are parks in the city like Millenium Park that runs a series all summer long. Whatever the case, there are a variety of classes for free at your finger tips that you should check out! Time to get fit without breaking the bank :)

Head over to their Events & Partnerships page to find the store nearest you.

  • Lincoln Park: At the Chicago Lincoln Park location, The Dailey Method taught a class every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. this August. This September, they will be offering classes from Yogaview and on select Thursdays, there is rooftop yoga at the nearby Whole Foods Market (on Thurs 8/17 & 8/24) How awesome, right?
  • Oak Street: This month, FFC will be visiting every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to offer a vareity of classes like Zumba, FitKick, WERQ and Boothcamp. Get your cardio fix on Saturdays and head over to Lincoln Park on Sunday for you relaxation session.
While you're in store, don't forget to pick up a cute top like this one I nabbed on sale! Look out for a fitness outfit post soon :)

Location: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Southport

This summer, the Lincoln Park Lululemon location is offering yoga in the park on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. However, all locations offer free in store yoga on Saturdays or Sundays at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. If that wasn't exciting enough, they offer a Run Club for 3 or 5 miles routes on select week days. Check out your community events here by selecting your store.

Locations: Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Michigan Ave, Roosevelt Collection and Rush St

Nike+ Training Club and Run Club (NTC)
NTC is a program by Nike in a variety of cities. In Chicago, they are located on Michigan Ave and the NTC offers programs like H.I.T, yoga, barre and training classes along with their Nike+ Run Club. However, if you head over to their site early this morning, you will notice most classes are filled. Classes open at 2 p.m. on Sundays, and I highly recommend getting online to reserve your spot at that time.

Location: Michigan Ave
* If you plan to go to a class, let me know! I'm dying to try a barre class.

You'll want to call the stores before heading in, but Chicago has two locations - one on the Mag Mile and one in Lincoln Park. They offer yoga on Tuesday (Lincoln Park) and Thursday (Mag Mile) evenings - which means you can head out to the other fitness stores on the weekends. Seriously, so many classes and so little time. Just make sure to bring your own mat!

Locations: Lincoln Park and Michigan Ave

*Tip: Some yoga studios and barre studios allow you to do a trial class or trial week. Definitely look in to the studios that might not be to  far off to see how you can take advantage of those awesome deals. Some example studios include CorePower Yoga, The Dailey Method and Barre Method.

Let me know what classes you decide to try next. If you're planning to head to any in the coming month, let me know! I'd love to go with you.
2 comments on "Chicago Guide Vol. 2: Free Fitness Classes in Chicago"
  1. ... umm why am I paying for yoga classes when there are so many free options!! I knew that Lulu did occasional free classes but I didn't realize there were this many options! I would totally be up for meeting at the Nike barre class!

    xo, Sarah

  2. Ah love this post Katie!! SO helpful since I always pay for gym memberships and then never use them. It's silly and wasteful so I'm always wary of joining a new gym -- this post is absolutely perfect!

    Sed Bona