Wellness in Chicago

We could all use a bit of a reset, don't you think? Take a breath and explore the best of wellness in Chicago.

Aire Ancient Baths
Photograph: Juan Serrano Corbella

It's safe to say that 2020 put us all through the ringer. Moving into the new year, we're thinking about ways to counteract any lingering doom, gloom and stress by assembling a one-stop guide to wellness in Chicago. What does that mean, exactly? The term "wellness" has evolved and ballooned over the past decade, churning out everything from meditation apps and natural beauty products to the sprawling world of clean eating.

Our approach looks a little different. We've assembled a jam-packed hub of stuff that might make you feel better this year—whether that's exploring the best hiking paths near Chicago, stretching it out in a virtual yoga class or giving back to your community. We'll also take a look at the multitude of ways that Chicagoans are re-interpreting wellness and self-care in 2021.

We invite you to check back often for new stories and ideas as the year progresses. Don't forget to take care of yourself along the way.

Self-care in Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium’s live cam is equal parts relaxing and mesmerizing
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The Shedd Aquarium’s live cam is equal parts relaxing and mesmerizing

Zone out in front of a camera full of colorful fish. 

Quiet places to meditate in Chicago
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Quiet places to meditate in Chicago

Take a breather.

Morton Arboretum is offering guided ‘forest therapy’ walks for stress relief
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Morton Arboretum is offering guided ‘forest therapy’ walks for stress relief

Explore the science of forest bathing.

The all-time best spas in Chicago
Health and beauty

The all-time best spas in Chicago

Now more than ever, we could all use a little break from the world.

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Get outside

Things to do outdoors this winter in Chicago
Things to do

Things to do outdoors this winter in Chicago

Don't let the cold weather keep you cooped up.

The best places for hiking near Chicago
Things to do

The best places for hiking near Chicago

Hit the trails at these gorgeous hiking spots. 

The most beautiful gardens in Chicago
Things to do

The most beautiful gardens in Chicago

Chicago isn't called the city in a garden for nothing.

The best places to go camping near Chicago
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The best places to go camping near Chicago

Spend a few nights among the great outdoors.

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Chicago bike trails for a long ride
Things to do

Chicago bike trails for a long ride

Much less stressful (and more scenic) than the city's streets. 

The most incredible Chicago parks
Things to do

The most incredible Chicago parks

Forget that you're in a bustling city, even if just for a minute. 

Stunning pieces of public art in Chicago
Things to do

Stunning pieces of public art in Chicago

Explore the city's museum for free.

Where to rent kayaks in Chicago
Things to do

Where to rent kayaks in Chicago

See Chicago from a new point of view.

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Move your body

Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios
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Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios

Breath in, breath out. 

Explore a massive outdoor adventure park just outside of Chicago
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Explore a massive outdoor adventure park just outside of Chicago

It's home to giant ziplines, hiking trails and tons of other heart-pumping thrills.

In River North, a vacant lot has been transformed into an outdoor fitness studio
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In River North, a vacant lot has been transformed into an outdoor fitness studio

Local gyms are tackling social distancing in ultra-creative ways. 

The best gyms in Chicago
Sports and fitness

The best gyms in Chicago

Don't forget your mask! 

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The best yoga studios in Chicago
Sports and fitness

The best yoga studios in Chicago

Get down, dog.

Top running clubs in Chicago
Sports and fitness

Top running clubs in Chicago

Join up for encouragement and camaraderie.

Build community

This group delivers fresh produce and everyday necessities to underserved Chicago neighborhoods
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This group delivers fresh produce and everyday necessities to underserved Chicago neighborhoods

And you can become a monthly subscriber. 

Chicago’s first community co-working space for people of color is coming to Humboldt Park
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Chicago’s first community co-working space for people of color is coming to Humboldt Park

Collaborate with other POC creatives at this new co-working space on Paseo Boricua. 

24 Chicago organizations to donate to right now
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24 Chicago organizations to donate to right now

Donate your money and time to these worthy Chicago orgs. 

How to buy face masks from local Chicago businesses
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How to buy face masks from local Chicago businesses

Shop local and help do your part to keep those around you healthy. 

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The 20 people, places and things shaping a better city today
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The 20 people, places and things shaping a better city today

All the coolest, most forward-thinking stuff happening in the city right now.

This Chicago florist converts vacant lots into flower farms and employs at-risk youth
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This Chicago florist converts vacant lots into flower farms and employs at-risk youth

  "We're not actually in the flower business—we're in the community-building business."   

Healthy eating and drinking

This vegan supper club is serving hearty plant-based takeout
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This vegan supper club is serving hearty plant-based takeout

Trying to eliminate more meat from your diet? 

Best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago
Restaurants

Best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago

FYI: You don't have to be a vegetarian to go meat-free at these excellent eateries.

This farm-to-cup company wants to end exploitation in Chicago’s coffee scene
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This farm-to-cup company wants to end exploitation in Chicago’s coffee scene

Feel better about your cup of coffee. 

The best low-alcohol cocktails
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The best low-alcohol cocktails

For when you're looking for a more low-key evening.

Plan a relaxing getaway

The most secluded getaways from Chicago
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The most secluded getaways from Chicago

Ditch the city for these quiet, peaceful locales sprinkled throughout the Midwest.   

Lakefront Airbnbs to rent for a getaway from Chicago
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Lakefront Airbnbs to rent for a getaway from Chicago

Unwind with views of crashing waves. 

Amazing Airbnb cabins for the perfect Midwest getaway
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Amazing Airbnb cabins for the perfect Midwest getaway

Nothing like a cabin in the woods to clear your mind. 

The coziest Airbnbs you can rent near Chicago this winter
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The coziest Airbnbs you can rent near Chicago this winter

Beat the winter blues at these super-cozy rentals in and around the city. 

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Remote Airbnb homes you can rent near Chicago
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Remote Airbnb homes you can rent near Chicago

Unplug miles away from the nearest neighbor. 

A new luxury campground near Chicago nets a big-name chef
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A new luxury campground near Chicago nets a big-name chef

"We want to try to replicate a five-star experience in the middle of the Illinois valley."

Learn something new

Here’s how to check out books from home with an electronic Chicago Public Library card
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Here’s how to check out books from home with an electronic Chicago Public Library card

You don't have to leave your couch to check out bestselling titles. 

The best virtual classes and workshops you can take in Chicago this winter
Things to do

The best virtual classes and workshops you can take in Chicago this winter

Stuck at home and want to try out some new skills?

Frank Lloyd Wright for beginners
Things to do

Frank Lloyd Wright for beginners

School yourself on America's favorite architect. 

Master cocktail basics with the help of new a virtual cocktail bar
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Master cocktail basics with the help of new a virtual cocktail bar

Calling all amateur mixologists! 

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