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The best yoga studios in Chicago

Banish your stress, break a sweat and get into your zen zone—these yoga studios are the best in Chicago

Photograph: Martha Williams
Zen Yoga Garage

Ask any yogi and they’ll tell you—no two yoga classes are alike. Turns out, the same goes for studios, too. The best yoga studios in Chicago have top-notch instructors as well as a wide variety of classes and workouts to challenge your body and soothe your mind, just like you're at the spa. Whether you’re looking for a break from the gym, need to tap into your inner zen or just hoping to shape up before a weekend at one of the city's best beaches, you’ll get all that and more at these top studios. 

Best yoga studios in Chicago

1

CorePower Yoga

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, tons of daily class times and, of course, body-mind benefits. Not into power yoga? Try one of CP's Yoga Sculpt classes for a major booty-kicking. Unlimited "Black Tag" membership ($155/month) gets you access to any of the 23 Chicagoland studios. Plus, all new students get one week free unlimited yoga.

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West Loop
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Bare Feet Power Yoga

This West Loop studio offers a great variety of beginner through advanced yoga and power yoga classes, like "turn it updog," "shut up and flow" and "O(hm) M G Flow" at prices that can't be beat. Pay just $99 per month with a six-month contract. (It even includes free mat and towel rental, and two guest passes!) Scope out the website for Bare Feet's latest workshop offerings too, like yoga in the park, or prenatal yoga.

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West Loop
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Zen Yoga Garage

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 hybrid classes like Hot Yoga Barre and Zen Vin Yin Vino. (That is, yoga followed by a complimentary glass of wine!) The studio, unlike most, is kid-friendly and offers "Little Buddha" classes for children ages 3–8. You can also book a massage in the garage’s two treatment rooms, starting at $55 for 30 minutes. Unlimited membership starts at just $99, and new students get one week free.

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Bucktown
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Bottom Line Yoga

This studio was created with the busy nine-to-fiver in mind. Bottom Line Yoga has two locations—in the Board of Trade and Civic Opera buildings—catering to those with busy workweeks and offering early morning, lunch break and post-work classes, as well as a nap/meditation lounge. Yes, you read that correctly—BLY supplies you with a plush nap mat, blanket and pillow and even sells eye masks and ear plugs, should you wish to sneak in a power nap before your afternoon latte. The studio also frequently makes office visits, so your team can practice in the comfort of their own conference room. Monthly memberships run for $110 per month, with several class package options available.

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Loop
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Yoga Six

While there are countless benefits to yoga wherever you practice, Yoga Six in Lincoln Park might have the biggest benefit of all to busy parents: child care. However, parents and non-parents alike will enjoy the immaculate studios (with three locations in Chicago) and the wide variety of classes: deep stretch to hot yoga to power yoga, vinyasa and even bootcamp. Plus, new students get one free week.

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Lincoln Park
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Yoga Loft

Love yoga, but need more variety in your routine? You'll find it at Yoga Loft. This River North studio offers more than 20 types of classes in its industrial loft space. The studio also offers private personal training, nutritional counseling and health coaching as part of FitLoft. New students can get two weeks of unlimited yoga for just $35.

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River North
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7

exhale

This Gold Coast mind-body spa breaks new ground in luxury. The spin is spa treatments and fitness classes that focus on healing. The atmosphere is part ultramodern and part exotic and the treatments are also a delightful melding of disciplines. You'll find a range of massages (including Thai, four-handed, acupuncture and energetic therapy, which incorporates guided meditation). By far the most wondrous is body enlightening, which is full-body contact with your therapist, who gently and expertly stretches, balances and aligns you from the outside in. The menu extends to nails, facials and waxing, but the spa's crowning glory is the Core Fusion class. It's the signature workout and combines a slew of disciplines that promise to rejuvenate and transform.

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Consumerist S

Thanks for not differentiating between studios where something powerful is happening and places where omwashed jazzercise is happening. Try asking a yogi to do the reporting next time.