Chicago for Health Nuts

How easy is it to indulge and let your healthy lifestyle fall to the wayside when traveling? Way too easy, we think. And it's understandable: you're filling your days with exciting new places to see and dishes to eat—exercising and eating clean just don't seem to fit. 

But whether you're turning over a new leaf or naturally are a complete health nut, we have the best fitness classes to join, green spaces to explore, and spots to refuel after that won't leave you feeling guilty. And let's be honest—if you even do one of these things while on vacation, you're surely ahead of the rest of us (and you can feel better about splurging later).

 

Millennium Park

The #1 tourist attraction in the Midwest! Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Maggie Daley Park

Named for the former mayor's wife who was deeply committed to improving the lives of children, Maggie Daley Park provides 28-acres of green space with lake and skyline views in the middle of downtown.

Protein Bar

This casual spot draws Loop workers and visitors alike with healthy, filling, blended-to-order drinks and light bites. B, L (M-Sa), D (M-Th); multiple locations. 

Flywheel Sports

Are you ready to sweat? We mean, really sweat. Check out the amazing, indoor cycling classes at Flywheel Sports, with two locations in Chicago. The classes are set up stadium-style facing the instructor, with the lights turned way down low so that your focus is solely on your efforts. Feeling competitive?

Shred415

We totally used to be those people that would get bored during a workout because of one thing: the monotony. But thanks to Shred415, not only do we see results, we're engaged the entire time.

Yoga Loft Chicago

Located in a cozy loft setting above the hustle and bustle of Hubbard Street, Yoga Loft Chicago is a sanctuary in the center of River North. With a wide variety of classes, all levels of welcome, whether you are a beginner or a long-time yogi.

LYFE Kitchen

This rapidly growing healthy restaurant chain has rooted itself firmly in Chicago. LYFE (Love Your Food Everyday) provides a wide range of menu items that fill you up without the guilt. Our favorites include the quinoa crunch bowl with the fireman's hot sauce and the Art's unfried chicken. B, L (daily). 

Real Good Stuff Co.

Located in Old Town, this juice bar has evolved to include salad bowls, burritos, soups and more focused on organic, locally grown ingredients. And with a juice chef on hand, you can bet these aren't your average pressed fruits and veggies.

Blue Door Farm Stand

In contrast to Chicago's heavy food favorites, Blue Door Farm Stand provides artisanal, local seasonal bites and sips. Nosh on a Brussels & Kale salad with maple tahini dressing. The menu also features local craft beers and cocktails. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 

Equinox Gym and Spa

With clubs throughout the city, it's easy to find time to work out at Equinox's high-end gyms. With luxurious, spa-like amenities, this isn't your typical sweat spot.