14 Reasons Every City Should be Jealous of Chicago’s Health & Fitness Scene

14 Reasons Every City Should be Jealous of Chicago’s Health & Fitness Scene

There are so many reasons as to why The Windy City is the best. We’re sure you are already aware of Chicago weather’s extreme mood swings. BUT no matter what the temperature the locals manage to get (and stay) fit.

Whether you’re into the group fitness scene or would prefer to ride solo, there is definitely something for you. And if healthy food is more your thing, then you’re in luck! Acai bowls, juice bars, hip brunch spots, and the best tasting non-dairy fro-yo can all be found here.

So tie those running sneaks tight, and be ready to do a little humble-bragging — Chicago has so many healthy reasons to be jealous of.

  • We’ve got the Lakefront Path

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    What more can you ask for when you’re sandwiched in between a beautiful city and lakefront views? 18.5 miles of it to be exact! You’ll find a combination of runners, cyclists, and friendly faces, along with beach-goers, volleyball players, and swimmers on this active path. But remember: if you plan to move at a slower pace in order to take in the killer views, stay to your right in order to avoid a collision!

  • Divvy Bikes

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    Portland who? Divvy has transformed the city into an amazingly biker-friendly environment. With nearly 600 bike stations—along with new-and-improved street bike lanes—Divvy makes commuting and casual riding a breeze. For only $9.95/day or $99/year, you can bike hop your way around the city without breaking the bank.

  • Floating history lessons

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    Floating along the river all while learning about Chicago architectural history? Yes, please! After a quick coaching session you can either set off on your own or join in on a group tour—whatever floats your boat (or kayak—couldn’t resist)! Another cool point to note: you aren’t held to daytime. Try the moonlight paddle option under the twinkling city lights. We promise it won’t disappoint.


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    Paddleboards aren’t just for tropical beach vacations. Whether you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, try wakeboarding or wake surfing, or join in on a community paddle—Chicago SUP is where it’s at. Plus, you can end a paddle with fireworks. Freaking out with excitement? Us too.

  • Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon

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    This course takes you on a sweet tour of the city. To keep you motivated and entertained while you get your sweat on, countless bands are set up creating a fun, hyped-up energy. Once you’ve finished, don’t forget to show off your dance moves at the post-race concert.

  • The circus is every day

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    Ever dreamed of being in the circus? Well now’s your chance! Fly through the air near Belmont Harbor. After only two hours of class you’ll most likely be performing catches and showing off your newly-acquired tricks to your friends. And if you find your calling and want to continue learning year-round, have no fear, there’s another indoor location for the inevitable snowier days.

  • We burn and we brunch

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    This pop-up fitness experience couldn’t be more on point. Brunch x Burn began in 2016 by combining trendy, heart-pumping workouts along with heavenly cuisine. Plus, proceeds go to a good cause. Need we say more? Didn’t think so.

  • We have Real Good Juice

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    Don’t walk—run to Real Good Juice. Besides the Instagram-worthy interior spaces, quirky menu items like Juice Bigalow and Whitney Juice-Ton, and the fact that a percentage of the juice’s sales go to charity—their food is actually REAL good. Fitt tip: try the NOYO FROYO. You’ll be high-fiving everyone in sight. You’re welcome.

  • Chicago eats

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    You can easily eat your way through Chicago. But we’ve got you covered if skipping the deep dish pizza and watching your waistline is more your thing. Trendy bulletproof coffee, turmeric lattes, and fresh-squeezed juices can be found at Beatrix. Want a hip atmosphere and acai bowl to refuel after a tough run? Left Coast Food + Juice is your place. Is avocado toast more your thing? Then take yourself out to Dove’s Luncheonette—you deserve it.

  • Our studio scene is FIRE

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    Let’s be honest — some of us just can’t commit. To a gym membership, that is. And that’s okay, thanks to the countless boutique fitness studios available. Your options are endless! Mix up any of these workouts multiple times a week and you’re guaranteed to have an action-packed, well-rounded fitness routine your muscles and mind will be thanking you a million times over. A few popular classes to note—Shred 415, Studio Three, Orangetheory, CorePower Yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, AIR Aerial Fitness, SoulCycle, CycleBar, and Exhale. Major score for the commitment-phobes!

  • Did someone say urban greenspace?

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    There’s definitely no shortage of greenery in this city full of skyscrapers. You can jog, skip, gallop, dance, somersault (no judgement) throughout the 580 Chicagoland parks. However you choose to travel around town, you will find a zoo, beaches, museum campuses, boat harbors, conservatories, and lagoons throughout your quest. Bonus: the summer months bring free concerts and movies in parks while the winter months bring ice skating and holiday lights.

  • Green City Market

    Farmers! Farmers everywhere! This year-round market couldn’t be more crucial for our city and our bodies. Choose from Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, or West Loop locations during the summer months of May through October. From October to April, the party moves inside to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Combine the good feeling of supporting local farms with knowing you’re eating organic healthy-for-you foods. Win-win.

  • We run Chicago

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    Maybe it’s all of the Italian beef sandwiches, the countless ketchup-less hot dogs, or thousands of Lou Mal’s slices, but aren’t we all trying to run off last night’s dinner. Whatever the reason—Chicago is a HUGE running city. Sign up for a running club, and you’ll be sure to be welcomed into a tribe.

  • Chicago 606

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    Wanna go somewhere cool? How about an elevated park? Sounds sweet, right? This abandoned train line has been restored and is now Chicago’s first elevated path. Speed down 2.7 miles while scouting out this side of the city’s restaurants, bars, graffiti art, shopping, and more.