Here’s How to do a Week of Outdoor Yoga in Chicago
  • July 24, 2016
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    If you’re anything like me, once summer rolls around, you try to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun (after slathering on 70+ SPF). Let’s face it, sometimes it can be a real drag to follow through on a class at the gym when it’s finally warm enough to be outside sans puffy parka. But before you throw in the towel completely, get your workout and Vitamin D fix simultaneously at one of these outdoor yoga classes.

    In fact, enjoy a whole week of outdoor yoga around the city – including several free classes – by following our guide below:

    • Monday: Sun and Moon Beach Yoga
    • Tuesday: Yoga in the Park
    • Wednesday: Green City Market Class
    • Thursday: Outdoor Vinyasa & Vino
    • Friday: Sun and Moon Beach Yoga
    • Saturday: Millennium Park Yoga; ENRGi Group Fitness
    • Sunday: Adult Yoga at the Zoo
    • Bonus: Doga—that’s yoga with your dog!

    Monday/Friday: Sun and Moon Beach Yoga

    The deets: Bask in the glory of Lake Michigan while flowing through vinyasa during these sandy beach workouts.

    Where: North Avenue Beach, approximately 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive. Check in at the beach hut just north of Castaways.

    When: Classes for all levels are held Mondays through Fridays at 6 am and 10 am. Advanced classes are also offered. Check the website here.

    Registration: Pre-register online. Cost: $20. There are also multi-class passes available.

    Tuesday: Yoga in the Park

    The deets: Free yoga! In the park! What could be better?

    Where: Softball field at Schiller Grove in Wicker Park. Rain location: Inside the fieldhouse gym.

    When: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm through Aug. 30

    Registration: Just show up. Cost: Free

    Wednesday: Green City Market Class

    The deets: Try not to drool in down dog as you think about the delicious fruits and vegetables available for purchase at the Green City Farmer’s Market. They’ll still be there when you finish this YogaSix-led class.

    Where: Meet at the south end of Lincoln Park along Clark Street, across from the Lincoln Hotel.

    When: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

    Registration: Just show up. Cost: Free

    Thursday: Outdoor Vinyasa & Vino

    The deets: Check out those downtown Chicago views from this spectacular South Loop rooftop. Then top off your practice with a complimentary glass of wine in the studio.

    Where: YogaSix, 1136 S. Delano Court, E-204

    When: Thursdays at 7 pm through Labor Day

    Registration: Sign up online. Cost: $25

    Saturday: Millennium Park Yoga

    The deets: Before you down that mimosa or bloody Mary, sneak in a quick pre-brunch yoga sesh in Chicago’s most famous park. Bonus: arrive early for Tai Chi, and stay after for Pilates and Zumba. Yoga classes are also offered mid-week so you can head to work in a Zen state of mind.

    Where: Millennium Park

    When: Saturdays at 8 am through Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 7:30 am through Aug. 31

    Registration: Just show up. Cost: Free

    Saturday: ENRGi Rooftop Yoga

    The deets: ENRGi fitness is taking things up a notch, literally, with their rooftop yoga classes. If you’re lucky, fellow aSweatLife contributor Maggie might be teaching your class!

    Where: ENRGi Group Fitness, 215 W. Ohio St.

    When: Saturdays at 10:30 am (power yoga), Sundays at 10:30 am (recovery yoga)

    Registration: Sign up online. Cost: $25

    Sunday: Adult Yoga at the Zoo

    The deets: There’s just something about doing camel pose within spitting distance (okay, more like shouting distance) of an actual camel.

    Where: Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Pavilion, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N. Stockton Drive

    When: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am, through Sept. 18
    Registration: Sign up online. Cost: $20. Lincoln Park Zoo members receive a 15 percent discount. There are also multi-class passes available.

    Bonus: Doga at FFC

    The deets: Find immediate inspiration for downward dog when you yoga with your pooch. Join FFC Gold Coast for a rooftop doggie yoga class on their eighth floor sundeck. Just BYO dog and mat.

    Where: FFC Gold Coast, 1030 N. Clark Street

    When: Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:45 pm

    Registration: Sign up online. Cost: Free for FFC members and $10 for non-members. One dog per person. Read additional guidelines here.

    Pro tip: Kristen shares more ideas for outdoor adventures with your dog here.


    Get more ideas for outdoor workouts, including yoga, here.

    Where are your favorite spots to do outdoor yoga? Let us know in the comments section below!

    About Kelsey Schagemann

    Kelsey’s fitness journey started at age 14 when she moved from St. Louis, Mo., to Portland, Ore., also known as Nike headquarters and the home state of Steve Prefontaine. She was one of only two eighth grade girls on the cross country team and didn’t particularly like running in the rain, but she doggedly stuck with it. Running became Kelsey’s exercise of choice for the next several years as she logged countless miles on her high school and college cross country and track teams. Nowadays, you’re much more likely to find Kelsey in the spin studio (absolutely her favorite workout), lifting weights, perfecting tree pose or biking to/from DePaul University in Chicago, where she’s an associate editor. When she’s not working out, Kelsey is often trying new recipes, keeping the library in business, supporting her husband’s team (go Illini basketball!) and writing for publications such as Refinery29, A Practical Wedding, Melo, Fiterazzi, PR Week, and, of course, aSweatLife. Kelsey holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.