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The best yoga studios in Chicago

Banish stress, break a sweat and get into your zen zone at these top yoga studios

Morgan Olsen
Allison Yates
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Morgan Olsen
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Allison Yates
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You’ll find no shortage of options in Chicago’s robust fitness scene, especially if you're searching for a yoga studio. Whether it’s to tone up, zen out (there are plenty of Chicago spas if you really need to relax) or find a community of like-minded friends, these Chicago yoga studios offer classes for all levels. With an emphasis on expanding the idea of who does yoga, owners of many Chicago studios are inclusive, purposeful, and ready to welcome every body who wants to experience the benefits of this ancient practice. Shimmy into those stretchy pants and get ready to strike a pose—here are some of the best yoga studios in Chicago.

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Best yoga studios in Chicago

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  • Bucktown

This Bucktown yoga studio was a Jiffy Lube in its former life, but you won’t find any car parts in this garage. Plenty of class options will keep you busy—from traditional Vinyasa and bootcamp-style offerings to specialty classes like Zen Barre, prenatal yoga, and BYOBaby Yoga. The studio, unlike most, is kid-friendly and offers "Little Buddha" classes for children ages 3–8. Unlimited in-person membership starts at $149 and virtual at $79.

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  • River North

Some of the best yoga teachers in Chicago banded together to open Yoga 2.0, a posh studio in River North that uses infrared heat to fuel its classes. Students who like options will have plenty to choose from here—from several high-intensity Strength classes to a more traditional Flow series. A drop-in class will set you back $29, while unlimited monthly memberships range from $155-199 per month for in-person and $49 per month for virtual.

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  • River North

After working in advertising for more than 15 years, Daryn Schwartz dreamed up her ideal yoga studio, packed her bags and moved to Chicago. She founded the Space Between, with locations in River North and inside the Hoxton hotel in the West Loop. Yogis book their mat-equipped spots before class, so you never have to worry about a cramped studio. Choose from classes like Alive (candlelit vinyasa flow) and Undone (restorative postures with props), both of which are taught by expert staff trained to get you out of your head and into your soul. New students can take advantage of three classes for $30, while returning guests can sign up for a monthly membership rate of $150 per month for in-person and $75 per month for virtual.

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  • Lincoln Park
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At Yoga Six, prospective members are treated to a free class to feel things out. And with three Chicago studios and six class types to choose from, there's something for every yogi. Runners will dig the Y6 Restore class, which features stretchy floor postures that work major muscle groups. Or test your balance in Y6 Hot, which cranks the heat and guides members through a classic yoga flow. Unlimited monthly memberships start at $146.

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Located in Logan Square, this female-owned yoga studio aims to create a safe and supportive space in which to practice. In addition to specialized workshops and classes (like gong meditation and teacher training), Tula offers virtual and IRL classes that range from beginner and high-energy vinyasa to Queer Yoga, a safe space for LGBTQ+-identifying folks. Every Friday, the studio hosts Happy Hour Yoga at 6:30pm, with wine, tea and snacks after class. New students can take advantage of two weeks of unlimited yoga for $39, while returning yogis can enjoy a monthly membership for $120 per month.

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  • West Loop
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This national chain known for its calorie-torching "C2" hot yoga class is popular for a reason—it's seriously tough to beat. Warm, welcoming instructors, locations all over the city, tons of daily class times and, of course, body-mind benefits. Not into power yoga? Try one of Core Power's Yoga Sculpt classes for a major booty-kicking. Unlimited "Black Tag" membership ($165 per month) gets you access to any of the 25 Chicagoland studios–and other perks like unlimited virtual and on-demand classes and priority booking. Plus, all new students get two weeks of free unlimited yoga.

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Studio Three
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  • River North
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With locations in Fulton Market, River North and Lincoln Park, this boutique fitness studio offers oodles of yoga classes throughout the day, with an emphasis on pre- and post-work options. Mellow out with a 60-minute vinyasa flow or get your body moving with Hi Def 45, a 45-minute heated class that uses weights and resistance bands. An unlimited yoga membership goes for $155. Brides and new mommas can take advantage of three-month unlimited packages for $545, which includes access to all three studios (cycle, interval and yoga).

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  • West Loop
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This West Loop studio offers a great variety of beginner through advanced yoga and power yoga classes, like Shut Up and Flow and Yin and Roll. Students pay $125 per month with a minimum three-month contract, which includes free mat and towel rental, 10 percent off retail and one guest pass every month.

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Bloom Yoga Studio
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  • Lincoln Square

Bloom's husband-and-wife team uses its studio to create a community in which “the pursuit of health and happiness is a normal part of daily life.” Sounds like a good plan. To fulfill that mission, the couple offers an array of classes, many of which are geared to prenatal and new moms without excluding the nonparents among us. Classes are taught in the hatha-yoga tradition with an emphasis on proper alignment. Single classes cost $25 for in-person and $15 for virtual, while a monthly unlimited pass goes for $99.

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  • River North
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Love yoga but need more variety in your routine? You'll find it at Yoga Loft. This River North studio hosts many types of classes in its industrial loft space. Beginners will feel right at home in the hour-long Power Flow class, while HIIT addicts will love Tone & Tighten “FIT” class. Members enjoy discounts on workshops, retail and private personal training. Want to get started? The unlimited package goes for $139 per month.

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  • River West/West Town

Attendees of this women-owned, exclusively hatha studio in West Town practice yoga in an intimate yet spacious studio featuring a full-wall mural by Arthur Braud depicting the skyline view from Lincoln Park. Instructors prioritize hands-on adjustments, though you can always opt out, and all classes (except meditation) include inversion practice. Besides restorative, hatha class levels include basic, mild, medium and spicy, so beginners can work their way up. New students can take advantage of the two-week unlimited package for $40, and monthly memberships run $110 for in-person (includes virtual classes and an on-demand library) and $75 for virtual.

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  • Wicker Park

Mother-daughter duo Eboni “Eb” Howard and Peggy Howard Moore opened this small studio with the hope of making yoga accessible for all, regardless of race, age, gender or economic situation. A variety of class types are available for novices and advanced students alike, whether you want a power flow, slow flow, yin, mediation or to work on challenging poses. The studio offers a two-week unlimited pass for $25 for new students, and monthly unlimited yoga, which includes virtual classes, runs $119 for new members and $135 for returning yogis.

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  • River North

Heading to the mat in one of Ritual Hot Yoga’s 50-minute high heat, fast-paced, beat-based classes means blocking out the world and spending uninterrupted time in a hot, sweaty stupor. All classes are candlelit and the instructor-choreographed movements align with the music. Instructors at both River North and Lakeview locations give plenty of modifications and hands-on assists if you’re a beginner. Perks like free water, hot tea and cold essential-oil soaked towels are a plus. Unlimited monthly memberships start at $230 and if you’re just looking to try it out, the drop in fee is $34.

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  • Lake View
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For nearly two decades, this small, cozy Lakeview studio has welcomed the community to a no-pressure, low-ego environment. With options for in-person, virtual and on-demand memberships, you can take advantage of any of Namaskar’s restorative, vinyasa, yin, meditation, pranayama and yoga nidra classes wherever and whenever you're most comfortable. For in-person classes, new students can try out five classes within two weeks for $39, and if you’re ready for more the monthly membership (which includes 16 classes per month) is $135.

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  • Bridgeport

Yoga practitioners who love an art-filled atmosphere can’t miss Yoga in Vogue, a “small studio with a big heart” located inside the Bridgeport Art Center. While there are few health and wellness options south of the Loop, the four instructors–including founder and lead instructor DeePaola Picasso–focus on offering quality, accessible classes. Classes feature vinyasa, vin, and hatha styles, with specialty offerings including senior yoga and yoga en español. New students can opt for two weeks of unlimited yoga for $50 and monthly memberships are $125, while committing to a six-month unlimited membership costs $600.

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