Lakeview, Chicago knows a lot about fitness. This walking neighborhood has its fair share of bike paths, parkside exercise pockets, and lakefront soccer and football playing. Lakeview also comes in first place for the largest number of fitness facilities in a single zip code, each with its own set of dedicated followers and flair. Where else in the city can you climb into a real boxing ring and work it out before breakfast or down dog at a top yoga studio before dinner – all within a few feet of one another?
Lakeview is home to a hodgepodge of health clubs and yoga studios including Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), LA Boxing, Fitness Formula Chicago (FFC), Moksha Yoga, Spring Wellness Center, and Bally Fitness. One of the most popular clubs for fitness enthusiasts of all kinds, however, is Lakeview Athletic Club.
Lakeview Athletic Club is a semi-upscale health club with certain features that few health clubs in the city can boast about. LVAC has not one, but two pools. And guess where the most coveted lap pool on the north side lies? On the rooftop of this towering club overlooking the city. In addition to two swimming pools (the indoor pool is equally as immaculate as the rooftop poll), LVAC features an uber challenging rock climbing wall, enclosed in an eye-catching window display, that can seen from just about every street corner in the area, and an ambitious array of group exercise classes ranging from stimulating spinning routines to hard core hip hop/funk.
Yoga enthusiasts will appreciate the clubs endless offerings including beginner yoga, hatha yoga, one-hour yoga, parayoga, per/postnatal yoga, pure yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, yoga elements, and multi-level yoga. Other worthwhile items on the schedule here include massage, pool programs, athletic programs for all levels, kids club, personal training, and pilates.
If you’re not already a member, fear not. You can purchase a day pass to poke around and see what LVAC has to offer. Or, keep an eye out flyers in the mail or tucked inside of local alternative publications.
Lakeview Athletic Club is located directly across the street from LA Boxing at 3212 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60654, 773.529.2024. Club hours are Monday-Thursday 5 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. www.lvaconline.com.
Lakeview Yoga Studios and Athletic Clubs Directory
Bally Fitness is located in Century Mall at 2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.929.6900. Club hours are Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. www.ballyfitness.com. Offerings: beginning yoga, yoga fusion. Go online to obtain a seven-day guest pass!
Fitness Formula (FFC)
Fitness Formula is located at 3228 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.755.3232. Club hours are Monday-Friday 24 hours, Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. www.ffc.com. Offerings: vinyasa, hatha, and power. Try yoga by the lake, which is offered during the summer months.
LA Boxing is located directly across the street from LVAC at 3215-33 N. Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.248.5229. Club hours are Monday-Friday 24 hours, Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. www.laboxing.com. Note: Although the LA Boxing website lists the clubs location in “Wrigleyville,” Broadway and Belmont is not part of Wrigleyville. Wrigleyville consists of the immediate area surrounding Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field is about one mile northwest of LA Boxing at 1060 W. Addison Street, zip code 60613.
Moksha Yoga is located at 3334 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.975.9642. Studio hours are unclear, but it appears that the earliest class starts at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and the latest begins at 7:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Moksha has a packed class schedule, so no matter what your schedule is like, you can find a time that fits. I counted 34 classes total per week. www.mokshayoga.com. Offerings: basics/intro, hatha, vinyasa, viniyoga, ashtanga, hatha vinyasa, anusara, candlelight (all levels), group meditation.
Spring Wellness Center
Spring Wellness Center is located at 1350 W. Newport #2, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.327.1678. Please call Spring Wellness Center for hours. www.springpilateschicago.com. Offerings: vinyasa, core vinyasa, hatha/vinyasa, detox yoga, vinyasa yoga sculpt, candlelight, yoga music flow.