My kind of town, Chicago is. A bustling city settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is truly the best of the Midwest. While it is not quite to the standards of LA, the wellness scene here has definitely started to blow up with amazing coffee shops, juice bars, and boutique fitness studios in every neighborhood. Sometimes that means it can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are here for a quick weekend or have just moved to town. Most people have heard of Portillo’s and Chicago deep dish pizza, but if you’re on the hunt for something a little healthier, we’ve got you covered. Follow this guide for a flawless wellness weekend in Chicago, sans hot dogs.
Note: While we love CorePower, Barry’s, and True Food Kitchen, we’ve tried to pick locations that are specific to Chicago so that you get a more unique experience. Our picks boast what we love most about this city - it’s originality and diversity. Enjoy!
COFFEE & TEA
Colectivo Coffee (Lincoln Park): best outdoor scene - their huge patio is always crowded and buzzing. It’s only a ten minute walk from the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free by the way. Saturday afternoon, planned.
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea (Bucktown, The Loop, and soon expanding outside of Chicago): Pictured above, Fairgrounds has the most diverse drink menu - they work with many different purveyors of coffee and tea and can therefore offer a wide variety of brews. Their baristas are constantly mixing up new elixirs and lattes - ask what’s new on the menu. Also an amazing spot to hang out, but get there early to grab the good spots on the couch!
Ipsento 606 (Bucktown): hands-down the best spot to plug in and get some work done. In the summers, they open up the garage windows to let in the sunshine and sounds from the park right next door. Come in after your run or bike ride on the 606 Trail. If you stay long enough, it turns into a trendy bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails.
La Colombe (Bucktown, Lincoln Park, West Loop): while they have locations outside of Chicago, I had to include on this list as they have the ONLY cold brew worth drinking. Pop in first thing in the morning to fuel your day. My fiance and I have had Saturday mornings blocked for years - it’s our favorite coffee date. We joke that we won’t move anywhere in the city unless there’s a La Colombe within walking distance! Fortunately, that opens up a few of the best hoods in town.
The Allis (West Loop): I need the name of their interior decorator. Most insta-worthy restaurant and food. Their menu is diverse, so your whole crew can be pretty satisfied with a meal here. P.S. you don’t know avo toast until you’ve had the one at The Allis.
Bad Hunter (West Loop): Looking for a fancier dinner with healthy options? Bad Hunter’s menu is mostly vegetarian and so damn good. This place has great vibes and is located in the heart of Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood.
Blue Door Farm Stand (Lincoln Park): The most amazing brussels + kale salad you ever did eat. They have a sit-down restaurant that is lovely and more of a “farmstand” grab-n-go location (Blue Door Farm Stand Too) only a few blocks away. I’ve gone to Too and grabbed a salad and juice to bring to Oz Park only a few blocks away. Fun and healthy picnic in the park.
Graze (River North, The Loop): Finished with your workout at Studio Three? No need to go far. Graze is located in the lobby of this amazing workout studio. Grab a protein-packed smoothie or acai bowl to recover and fuel up for your day on the town. I recommend the No. 1 Smoothie without agave! A healthier version of the PB&J you grew up with. For 15% off your smoothie or bowl, mention FITCITY15 at checkout!
CH/LL (River North): Need an hour to just chill? They offer meditation + yoga + massages + juices. Wind down from your week and enjoy the beautiful space that popped up in April 2017. You’ll leave feeling less stressed and ready to enjoy your weekend! $20 for a drop-in (yoga class).
Mirepoix (Wicker Park): the cutest yoga studio you’ve ever seen. I want this space in my home. Though it is a smaller studio, classes feel much more personalized. Go for the hip hop yoga flow and grab a kombucha on tap afterwards! Normally $20 for a drop-in, but if you're a first time student and go within the next two weeks, use our code for $13 drop-in! All you have to do is create an account on our website and then send them an email (email@example.com) with the discount code FCBlonde.
Studio Three (River North): Can’t decide what kind of work-out you want? No worries, Studio Three has THREE STUDIOS to choose from (clever, right?). Amazing yoga flows occur upstairs, they’ve got Peloton bikes in their cycling studio, and in the basement you’ll find your hardcore interval classes that feel like a party. $28 for a drop-in and $15 for first time students. Don't forget to use our discount codes:
FCB100 - Good for your First Class Free /// 100% off a $26 drop-in class (First Timers ONLY)
FCBVIP - Good for 10% off all Unlimited Memberships (excluding Off-Peak Membership)
Yogaview (Lincoln Park): talk about a yoga scene. This is where the city’s yoga instructors go to TAKE class. But don’t be intimidated, they have classes for all levels and the people are amazing. $20 for a drop-in.
Are there others you’d like to see on the list? Post in the comments below!