The Yogi's Guide to Chicago, Illinois

Check out our community-curated collection of places to practice, consume, be outdoors, and more, YOGANONYMOUS-style. We asked, you answered. Take in the Chicago picks below and see more of our yogi city guides here.


Famous for deep-dish pizza, Wrigley Field, and a thriving art scene, Chicago is a city that caters to people with all sorts of interests.

It’s a cultural gold mine, offering some of the country’s best restaurants, world-renowned architecture (be sure to check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass Robie House), and around 200 spring and summer festivals

As if that wasn't enough, the city is practically overflowing with good vibes. In Chicago you get the warm welcome of the Midwest combined with a food and art scene that rivals that of LA and NYC. And there’s more to the city than hot dogs and baseball; yogis will adore the plethora of studios, farmers markets, and healthy eats.

Where to Eat

Loving Heart
838 W Montrose Ave., (773) 561-5399
If you’re Uptown, be sure to venture over to Loving Heart, where you can find hummus-based nachos, tasty veggie burgers, spicy kimchi soup, and flavorful smoothies. Even non-vegans rave about the food, and everyone adores the abstract and subtly spiritual artwork that dons the walls. The price is great, and the extensive menu makes it an ideal spot for quick lunch or dinner. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to end with a frosted cookie!

TWO 
1132 W Grand Ave., (312) 624-8363
Looking for a solid farm-to-table experience on your travels? Welcome to TWO, a restaurant and bar focused on using fresh ingredients to create modern twists on Midwest classics. Using ingredients sourced from local butchers, farms, and fisheries, executive chef Kevin Cuddihee brings forth innovative dishes such as homemade sourdough bread, Alaskan halibut with pickled ramps, and even a culinary take on puppy chow, “just like mom made it.” 

Where to Sweat

Tula Yoga Studio 
2827 W Belden Ave., (773) 620-9945
Located in the trendy and upcoming Logan Square, Tula Yoga has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Upbeat yogis and encouraging instructors create a community-vibe, encouraging practitioners of every level to swing by. Bonus point: Free mat rentals!

The Lab
159 N Racine Ave., (312) 526-3467
For those who prefer yoga studios that mix it up, you’ll love The Lab. The teachers are truly dedicated to helping their students improve, and members of the community report that they take yogis through new and exciting poses in every class. The sessions also include a meditative component, so you’ll be exercising your brain as well. 

Zen Yoga Garage
1845 N Milwaukee Ave., (773) 227-7748
Diverse and inviting, Zen Yoga Garage offers a plethora of classes for all types of yogis. You’ll find barre and yoga combo classes, as well as hot yoga with weights, Vinyasa flow, and hot Yin. Be sure to check out the schedule for workshops; they often offer meditation and even “Bob Marley” flow opportunities.  

Check out the YOGANONYMOUS studio directory to find more great places to practice.

Where to Shop 

Kokorokoko 
1323 N Milwaukee Ave., (773) 252-6996
Even if you can’t say the name, you must stop by Kokorokoko to satisfy your vintage shopping bug. The store is loaded with everything from crop tops to funky sweaters to spandex jumpsuits. Whether you’re shopping for a party or Burning Man, you’re sure to find a perfect and fierce addition for your wardrobe. 

Green City Market
1817 N Clark St., (773) 880-1266
Veggie-filled quiches? Beet ketchup? Gluten-free crepes with raspberry?! Say no more and meet us over at Green City Market, one of the most beloved farmers markets in Chicago. Located in bustling Lincoln Park, Green City Market is a great place for an alternative-tourist experience or to grab some fresh ingredients for an impromptu dinner party. Bonus: Dogs are welcome!

Epic Ways to Spend a Saturday

Grant Park 
331 Randolph St., (312) 742-7648
Nestled alongside Lake Michigan with killer views of the city skyline, Grant Park is a must-visit for those looking for Chicago culture. In just one location you’ll find The Art Institute of Chicago, outdoor sculptures, massive green spaces, and sporting areas. The park is also home to a handful of events, including this year’s Wanderlust 108.

Lagunitas Brewing Company
2607 W 17th St., (773) 522-1308
With Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired hallways and a taproom overlooking the brewing facility, Lagunitas is a pretty unique brewery worth a visit. They try to make things fun, offering live music, food, and games in addition to an arsenal of craft beer. Stop by mid-afternoon or early in the evening for a beer flight, tour, or some good conversation over tasty brews. 

Favorite Outdoor Hang 

Millennium Park 
201 E Randolph St., (312) 742-1168
Millennium Park is your go-to place for pictures with the Chicago classics. Here you’ll find the Cloud Gate sculpture (often referred to as "the Bean"), as well as a handful of places to stroll and unwind. Admire the colors and scents of the Lurie Garden, or spread out a blanket for some quiet time across the Great Lawn—or a free fitness class. In the summer you can also enjoy some free classical music at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (designed by Frank Gehry). A sunny day only enhances the experience.

Night Out on the Town

The Second City
1616 N Wells St., (312) 337-3992
It’s no secret that Chicago is one of America’s comedy hot spots—the city is bursting with ample opportunity for laughter. And with alumni such as Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Stephen Colbert, The Second City has earned itself the reputation of being one of the funniest theatres and best improv training centers in the country. Stop by for a show and witness some of the city’s up-and-coming talent—as well as local legends—and leave mindfully laughing your tush off. 

Community Response + Studio Shout-Outs

We reached out to our social media tribe to uncover the best local not-to-miss happenings and hot spots from the folks who know best. Here's what our yogi-fam has to say about Chicago. 

Temple of Kriya Yoga is a wonderful resource and space for deepening your yoga practice on any level, very warm welcoming yogi community... Located in Logan Square.” – Wendy

Nature Yoga in Wicker Park is amazing with a very warm and welcoming community and AMAZING teachers, like REALLY good! They have changed they way I feel about yoga by having such encouraging, nonjudgmental, open-minded, challenging teachers.” – Rebecca

“Definitely Chicago Diner! CorePower Yoga is an industry standard but Bare Feet Power Yoga in West Loop is excellent.” – Susie 

Moksha, Bloom, and Yoga Six are the best yoga studios to visit! Millennium Park has great yoga classes on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m.” – Robert

Yoga Circle is an amazing Iyengar studio. Led by Gabriel Halpern.” – Alej 

“Love, love, love Twisted Tree Yoga in Des Plaines!” – Robin 

Yoga at The Adler Planetarium is a Chicago favorite.” – Abigail

“My favorite teacher is Marcelyn Cole at Nature Yoga and Tejas Yoga! She made me fall in love with yoga! She is funny too!” – Olivia 

Thanks to our community for providing these awesome suggestions. Have more? Share in the comments below or email us at write@yoganonymous.com.

This guide was curated by Amanda Kohr.

Photo by Sophia Nahli Allison