Free Exercise Classes & More
Athleta stores offer free classes. Check each store's calendar to find upcoming classes for that location. Note: Some classes may require reservations, so be sure to check the calendar and plan accordingly.
Chicago Department of Public Health Exercise Classes
These classes feature low-impact aerobics and are suitable for all fitness levels.
Monday and Wednesday Classes
- Piotrowski Park, 4247 West 31st Street, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Humboldt Park, 1400 North Sacramento Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Pottawattomie Park, 7340 North Rogers Avenue, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Albany Park Multicultural Academy, 4929 North Sawyer Avenue, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Harrison Park, 1824 South Wood Street, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Gage Park, 2411 West 55th Street, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- Davis Square Park, 4430 South Marshfield Avenue, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Presence Saint Mary Campus Nazareth Family Center, 1127 North Oakley Boulevard, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mount Sinai Hospital, 1500 South California Avenue, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Tuesday only)
- Presence Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 North Western Avenue, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Thursday only)
- Villa Guadalupe, 3201 East 91st Street, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Chicago Public Library Fitness Classes
Various branches of the Chicago Public Library host free fitness classes. I have located classes using the following methods:
- Using the search feature at the top of the Events page, I chose "Events" from the drop-down options and then entered "exercise classes," "fitness classes," and "yoga" in the search field, completing three different searches.
- Using the filters available on the left-hand side of the Events page, under "Event Types," I chose "Health and Science." This filter brings up all the fitness classes, but it also brings up other events, creating the need to look through a larger number of events to find classes.
- Chinese Tai Chi for Beginners
- Community Yoga & Slow Movement and Stretch
- Introduction to Zumba With Liz Guerrero
Community Yoga With Chaturanga Seeds
Free yoga classes are offered Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout the year at Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard.
Designed for the yoga beginner, these one-hour classes focus on basic yoga poses and healthy alignment. You will practice both standing and seated poses. Yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques are incorporated into the sessions.
Fleet Feet Sports
Fleet Feet Sports has four locations in Chicago that offer a variety of free events and classes.
Lakeview, 3359 North Southport Avenue, Chicago
Lincoln Square, 4762 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Old Town, 1620 North Wells Street, Chicago
South Loop, 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago
Candlelight Yoga at CorePower Yoga is offered by the Lincoln Square location on the first Wednesday of each month and by the Old Town location on the first Tuesday of each month.
Chicks' Night Fun Run & Walk events begin at 6:30 p.m. and are offered by all four Chicago locations: Lakeview (Thursdays), Lincoln Square (Wednesdays), Old Town (Tuesdays), and South Loop (Thursdays).
CorePower Fun Run is offered by the Lakeview location on the second Monday of each month. The fun run begins at 6:30 p.m. After the run, interested participants can walk over to CorePower Yoga's Roscoe Village yoga studio, located at 3232 North Lincoln Avenue, for a free one-hour Hot Power Fusion class.
CorePower Yoga for Runners is offered by the Old Town location on the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m.
Fun Runs are offered by all four Chicago locations. Days and times of fun runs vary by location.
Running for Newcomers Fun Run Series, offered by the Lincoln Square location, meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Free Yoga at Garfield Park Conservatory
Beginning to advanced students are welcome to attend these yoga classes at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Bring your own mat. The classes are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Kusanya Cafe Saturday Yoga
Saturday Yoga meets at Kusanya Cafe, 825 West 69th Street, at 11:30 a.m. Classes are suitable for all experience levels. Supervised kids are welcome to attend. Mats are provided.
Live Grit, located at 1010 West Monroe Street in Chicago, organizes Run Club and Group Rides, which are free. Run Club meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m., unless temperatures fall below zero. Group Rides meet on Sundays at 8 a.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.
lululemon athletica stores offer free classes. Check each store's calendar to find upcoming classes for that location.
Bucktown, 1627 North Damen Avenue, Chicago
Halsted Street, 2104 North Halsted Street, Chicago
900 North Michigan Avenue, 900 North Michigan Shops, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Level 3, Chicago
Rush Street, 113 East Oak Street, Chicago
Southport Avenue, 3556 North Southport Avenue, Chicago
Nike offers free training sessions through the Nike+ Run Club (NRC) and Nike+ Training Club (NTC). Many events meet at Nike Chicago, 669 North Michigan Avenue; Nike+ Chicago Studio, 675 North Michigan Avenue; or Nike Running Bucktown, 1640 North Damen Avenue. However, some sessions may meet at another location, so be sure to check the event information. Visit the Sessions page to find upcoming NRC and NTC events.
November Project Chicago offers free workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Monday: Pop-up workout
Wednesday: Meet at the Montrose/Wilson Track at 6:28 a.m.
Friday: Meet at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park at 6 a.m.
Visit the November Project Chicago Facebook page for the Monday pop-up workout location.
Universal Sole offers the following free fun run programs:
- Burgers & Beer Fun Run Series
- Bottle Share Fun Run Series
- Chicago Tap Room Fun Run Series
- Wednesday's Women Fun Run Series
If you are aware of a free exercise class in Chicago that has not been included on this page, please send the information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).
Doggie Yoga in the Park
Bring your dog and your yoga mat to Washington Square Park, 901 North Clark Street, for a free 60-minute yoga class on the last Thursday of each month, June through August. Taught by Fitness Formula Clubs Gold Coast staff member Gary Alexander, classes run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fitness at The Field
If you like to switch up your workouts, check out The Field Museum's Sunday morning workouts this summer. From July 9 through August 20, you will be able to try yoga, Zumba, and more. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and meet on the Northeast Terrace. If it rains, classes will be held under a tent. For the complete class schedule, select the "Fitness at The Field" link above.
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
Grab your workout gear and head to Millennium Park this summer for free classes!
Get in an early yoga workout on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. June 6–August 31. On Saturdays, June 10–September 2, Pilates (7 a.m.), Yoga (8 a.m.), Strength Training (9 a.m.), and Zumba (10 a.m.) are on the schedule. All classes are 45 minutes and take place on the Great Lawn.
In celebration of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Saturday, June 3, Yoga at 7 a.m. and Cardio Workout at 8 a.m. will feature gospel music. Pilates at 9 a.m. and Zumba at 10 a.m. will follow.
Pop-Up Yoga at Ward 47 Fresh Market & Artisan Fare
The new Ward 47 Fresh Market & Artisan Fare is teaming up with CorePower Yoga to offer an outdoor yoga class each Saturday at the market. The first class will be on June 17, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring your own mat to this one-hour workout. The classes are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Yoga in the Park
Enjoy a free yoga class every Tuesday evening, June 6–August 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Wicker Park. Classes meet near the softball field near West Schiller Street. If it rains, the class moves to the gym inside Wicker Fieldhouse.
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Use the Zoom In (+) and Zoom Out (–) features, located at the bottom of the map, to show more or less map detail.
Click on a map icon to open a panel showing detailed information about the exercise class. Choose the View in Google Maps link to get directions, see area street views, and access other features. To close the panel, click on the left-pointing arrow next to the name of the exercise class.
Use these features to open and close a panel showing a description of the map and a list of all the exercise classes on the map. To reveal more information in each section, click the section's ∨. To see less information in each section, click the ∧. Select a class name from the list to open a panel showing detailed information about the exercise class. Choose the View in Google Maps link to get directions, see area street views, and access other features. To close the panel and return to the list of all the exercise classes, click on the left-pointing arrow next to the name of the exercise class.
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