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While we’ll gladly leave our neck of the woods to get our hands on some legendary gyros (Halal Guys, we’re looking at you), convenience is king when it comes to workouts. Here’s how locals in different parts of the city are getting toned while hardly leaving home.


Gold Coast: Exhale’s Core Fusion Barre + Cardio

Gold Coasters don’t just coast (see what we did there?) when it comes to fitness. To stay trim enough for all those designer clothes, denizens can’t get enough of the two-part, 60-minute Core Fusion Barre + Cardio class. Start with cardio, end with barre, leave with legs that feel like limp noodles.  

945 North State St.; 312-753-6500 or


Old Town: Shred415

Old Town residents aren’t any less committed when it comes to toning up. The neighborhood’s popular Shred415 studio has a committed fan base of regulars, including publicists and fashion-industry pros. During the classes, four fifteen-minute intervals alternate running and weights.

230 W. Division Ave.; 312-291-8722 or


Lincoln Park: Equinox’s Best Butt Ever

At the Lincoln Park outpost of Equinox, members want beautiful booties--and they don’t care who knows it. Locals line up to attend the Best Butt Ever class led by Julie Valenti on Saturday mornings. While these people could be leisurely downing chocolate-y pancakes, they’re spending their weekend lifting heavy dumbbells and gliding on disks. So it must be good.

1750 N. Clark St.; 312-254-4000 or


River North: Hardpressed

Apparently, the River North crowd puts a premium on efficiency when it comes to calorie-torching. The residents’ boutique fitness studio of choice, Hardpressed, offers 30-minute, high-intensity workouts; trainers also focus on safety and proper nutrition.

219 W. Chicago St., Suite 600; 312-285-3385 or


Bucktown: On Your Mark’s F30

Though Bucktown hipsters make a great show of ironically drinking PBR on Friday nights, they’re all about burning it off on Saturday mornings. Their secret: the 10 a.m. F30 class at On Your Mark. People pack in to move through the circuit-style workout.

1755 N. Damen Ave.; 773-292-9330 or

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Logan Square: Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping

To counteract the calories that come with living in a restaurant-heavy ’hood, Logan Square dwellers turn to kickboxing classes at Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping. Held throughout the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the classes put that delicious foodie fuel to glute-toning use.

3201 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-698-7855 or


The Loop: SoulCycle

If you need us to tell you that SoulCycle is hot--and we say this with love--you need to get out more. The Loop location of the spin studio, which blends new-age spirituality with buckets of sweat, addictive beats and candlelight, is seen as an after-work godsend for the area’s harried rat-racers.

111 W. Wacker Ave.; 312-337-7685 or

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