September 21 | The Lifestyle | The Practice |
Chicago is a city that offers more ways to stay active than you can imagine. Whether you pop over to a park or spend a weekend walking around the city, there are tons of ways to keep moving here. We’ve put together a few fun things to enjoy after yoga class near our Lincoln Park, South Loop, and Gold Coast studios. Grab a fellow yogi and go outside after class to see the sights!
Lincoln Park is one of those Chicago neighborhoods where quiet streets lined with old-growth trees lead to historic districts and city streets. You’ll find a bit of everything here, which is why Oz Park should come as no surprise. This park is a nod to Wizard of Oz, with statues of the famous characters scattered throughout the grounds. No matter what the weather, wander the park and watch a sense of wonder overcome everyone, young and old.
In the warmer months, head to North Avenue Beach and try paddle boarding on Lake Michigan. This activity is suitable for the whole family, and it’s easy to see why. Once you’re on that board, you’ll get a great workout and a relaxing experience out on the water. Because of the size of Lake Michigan, more experienced stand up paddle boarders and surfers can even enjoy catching a few waves!
The South Loop contains the Museum Campus, Northerly Island, Soldier Field and more. This neighborhood has something for everyone, so explore everything it has to offer! Start by riding your bike along the Lakefront Trail—a great way to see Chicago’s shoreline. The full trail is 18-miles, making for a great ride in lots of different weather. Stop at one of the nature sanctuaries, boardwalks, or Grant Park to see the Agora Sculptures and take in the view.
Chicago has many beaches to enjoy, but check out 12th Street Beach in South Loop. Just south of Adler Planetarium in Burnham Park, this beach is open from late May through early September and offers ample space to swim or boat. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the beach or in the park after a long swim. And for the ultimate beach experience, follow up by taking a stroll along the beach walk.
The Gold Coast neighborhood is north of downtown Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. This neighborhood features high-end shopping, restaurants, and historic mansions, plus the Magnificent Mile—a favorite tourist haunt. Stay active by wandering this fascinating area. Stop by Oak Street Beach and stroll along Lake Shore Drive—a great walk no matter what the season. In warmer weather, take a leisurely swim or bike ride. In colder months, enjoy walking along the water with a warm drink in hand.
If you’re interested in the culture of the city, visit Old Town and learn about some of Chicago’s oldest, most beautiful architecture. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood, and you’ll see Victorian-era buildings, brick alleys, and the timeworn, narrow tree-lined streets that are the mark of Chicago’s historical areas.
Chicago can keep you busy year round, so enjoy what the city has to offer and keep moving!
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