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The 12 best yoga studios in Chicago

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

By Morgan Olsen
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No two yoga classes are alike—some are meditative and calming, while others will make you sweat buckets with squats and planks. As it turns out, the same goes for studios. 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. (Some of these spots even double as the best spas in Chicago to help you further relax.) Whether you're tapping into your inner zen or looking for a break from the gym, the best yoga studios in Chicago will have you striking a pose in no time.

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Best yoga studios in Chicago

Zen Yoga Garage
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1. Zen Yoga Garage

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates 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 Buddha Barre and prenatal yoga. 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 $108.

Photograph: Steve Scapardine

2. YOGA 2.0

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates 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. Or take a breather with Revive + Meditate, which combines guided meditation and restorative yoga postures. A drop-in class will set you back $30, while unlimited monthly memberships range from $99-$150 per month.

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3. The Space Between

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates 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 an unlimited month for $75, while returning guests can sign up for a monthly membership rate of $150 per month.

Photograph: Courtesy Yoga Six

4. Yoga Six

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates Lincoln Park

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.

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5. Tula Yoga

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates

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 self-practice and reiki to high-energy vinyasa. 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 $108 per month.

Photograph: Courtesy Core Power Yoga

6. CorePower Yoga

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates West Loop

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 ($159 per month) gets you access to any of the 25 Chicagoland studios. Plus, all new students get one week of free unlimited yoga.

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7. Studio Three

Sports and fitness Cycling River North

With locations in 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. Newbies pay $15 for their first class, and an unlimited yoga membership goes for $155. Brides and new mommas can take advantage of three-month unlimited packages, which includes access to all three studios (cycle, interval and yoga).

Photograph: Julian Rodriguez

8. Bare Feet Power Yoga

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates West Loop

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 Candlelight Beats. 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. Scope out the studio's website to find new workshop offerings at Bare Feet Loft, a second location that's located just a few blocks away.

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9. Bottom Line Yoga

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates Loop

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, lunchtime and post-work classes, as well as a nap/meditation lounge (perfect for a mid-afternoon power-nap). The studio staff can also make office visits, so your team can practice in the comfort of their own conference room. Unlimited monthly memberships start at $95 per month, with several class package options available.

10. Bloom Yoga Studio

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates 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 $20, while a monthly unlimited pass goes for $150.

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Photograph: Josh Darr

11. Yoga Loft

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates River North

Love yoga but need more variety in your routine? You'll find it at Yoga Loft. This River North studio hosts more than 20 types of classes in its industrial loft space. Beginners will feel right at home in the hour-long Yoga Basics class, while HIIT addicts will love Shred & Box, a full-body boxing workout. Members enjoy discounts on workshops, retail and private personal training. Want to get started? Newbies can cash in on two weeks of unlimited yoga and fitness for just $39. After that, the unlimited package goes for $139 per month.

Photograph: Annette Kerstin

12. exhale

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments Suburbs

This Gold Coast mind and 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. On the yoga front, Exhale offers four different classes: recovery, power, flow and chill. After sweating it out, book a facial or massage in the incredibly relaxing treatment rooms.

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