Apparently June 21 is the first official day of summer. That’s interesting. I’m usually near tears by then, feeling like the season is half over. In my bubble, summertime in Chicago starts Memorial Day weekend. The heat, sunshine, and humidity bring bittersweet tears. (Shedding lots of tears here today.) On the one hand, my hot-blooded and translucent bod cannot take summer weather. But, on a more uplifting note, summer comes with the great outdoors. I exercise in the living room most of the year, normally during my cat’s nap to avoid her unruly behavior. So, I look forward to taking workouts outside. Enter this list of free fitness classes in Chicago. Every month this summer I’ll be rounding up no-cost workouts across the city.

In June, there’s a bit of everything. Yoga, beach cardio, barre, running, and even rowing. Most classes are outside. My favorites are yoga in Wicker Park (thanks for introducing me, Kelly!) and the rooftop Shred415 class at Roosevelt Collection, where the views are as good as the workout. Unless otherwise noted, the classes below require registration. Click the class link to sign up.

What free fitness classes in Chicago have you attended? Share your suggestions in the comments, so I can add them to upcoming lists.

WEEKLY FREE FITNESS CLASSES IN CHICAGO

Tuesdays

Yoga in Wicker Park @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Yoga in Wicker Park runs rain or shine through August 2019. This year, LuluLemon is the series sponsor, and yoga studios around the area are teaching the classes. Brands attend weekly to give away freebies like bars and water. No registration required.

Athleta Southport Run Club @ 6 p.m.
Meet other runners at Athleta Southport (3415 N. Southport Ave.) for a 2-3 miler. Refreshments are provided in the store afterwards. The club meets weekly through October 2019.

Wednesdays

Meditation in Wicker Park @ 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Zen Yoga Garage puts on a weekly group meditation through August. No registration required.

Thursdays

Yoga in Commercial Park (West Town) @ 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Commercial Park is a cozy green space located one block east of the Mariano’s on Chicago Avenue. A $5 donation is suggested for each hour-long yoga class. No registration required.

Saturdays

Athleta Oak Street Run Club (Gold Coast) @ 9 a.m.
Athleta Oak Street hosts its Run Club on Saturdays through August 2019. Meet at the store (101 E. Oak St.) for laps around different neighborhoods.

Sundays

Beach Workout (Lakeview East) @ 11 a.m. – noon
Rise Up Nutrition, a café and juice bar, is hosting this summer fitness series through September 1, 2019. Meet at Rise Up (2909 N. Broadway St.) at 11 a.m. for green tea shots before jogging to the nearby beach for a full body circuit. At noon you’ll jog back to the café for a post workout snack. The beach workout is free if you buy a beverage combo at Rise Up ($10 value).

ONE-OFF CLASSES

Saturday, June 1

The Bar Method Express (Streeterville) @ 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Bar Method calls its 45-minute express class “efficient yet effective” for burning fat and building muscle. The class takes place at the Under Armour Brand House (600 N. Michigan Ave.). Stick around afterwards for snacks, refreshments, and discounted shopping.

Row + Rose (Old Town) @ 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.
Row House plans to open 10 rowing studios in Chicago by the end of 2021. The Old Town location (1226 N. Wells St.) is offering its 45-minute BODY class, which is 60% rowing and 40% dumbbell work. Light refreshments (ahem, ROSE) will be provided.

Saturday, June 8

Equinox Best Butt Ever (Lincoln Park) @ 11 a.m. – noon
Equinox Lincoln Common is teaming up with ELEVATE Lincoln Park, a new luxury apartment building, for this lower body class. Meet at the Equinox showroom (2348 N. Lincoln Ave.) to check in. Then you’ll walk with the crew to Oz Park for the workout.

Yoga at Garfield Park Conservatory @ 9-10 a.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) is one of the largest in the country. It’s a stunning environment for morning yoga. Depending on weather, the class takes place in Horticulture Hall or on the Bluestone Terrace. It’s free but has a $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday, June 11

Shred415 Roosevelt Collection Rooftop Summer Series (South Loop) @ 6-6:45 p.m.
Shred415 at the Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt Rd.) hosts a 45-minute high intensity training interval class on the second Tuesday of the month through October. It happens on the shopping center’s beautiful rooftop that’s complete with city views.

Wednesday, June 12

Equinox THE CUT (Lincoln Park) @ 7-8 p.m.
Equinox Lincoln Common is taking over Outdoor Voices, an activewear shop (841 W. Armitage Ave.), to host THE CUT. It’s a boxing class without the bags, wraps, and ring. Light bites and refreshments will be available afterwards.

Saturday, June 15

FitBit Local Cardio Bootcamp (Chicago Riverwalk) @ 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Complete short run circuits and cardio drills on the Chicago Riverwalk between Clark and LaSalle. No, you don’t need a FitBit to participate. But you’ll have a chance to win one in a raffle. ZICO is supplying complimentary coconut water.

Shred415 Outdoor Summer Series (South Loop) @ 9-9:45 a.m.
Take a 45-minute high intensity interval training class at the Mariano’s South Loop (1615 S. Clark St.), and enjoy free food and beverages when you’re done.

Saturday, June 22

Yoga at Garfield Park Conservatory @ 9-10 a.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) is one of the largest in the country. It’s a stunning environment for morning yoga. Depending on weather, the class takes place in Horticulture Hall or on the Bluestone Terrace. It’s free but has a $5 suggested donation.

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