Skin Laundry at Nordstrom Oak Brook
California’s cult-fave skincare line has opened its second Chicago-area spa-within-a-store at Oakbrook Center. Shop the array of hydrating and renewing products from the brand, but don’t leave without trying its signature service, the 15-Minute Laser & Light Facial. It’s so quick, you can get it on your lunch break; it involves YAG laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) that refresh and even out your complexion. If you have a little more time, try the carbon peel, a 30-minute treatment incorporating an application of Skin Laundry’s unique carbon oil to deliver deep-down cleaning and exfoliation.
Date: Now open and ongoing
Studio Three Turns 3!
The fitness studio is all about the power of three (interval training, cycling, yoga), so it makes perfect sense that they’ll go all out for this particular birthday. The event lets you get a taste of all three formats with 30-minute workouts in each studio. Go ahead and choose your own adventure: Start in the basement for all those burpees and jumps, or head upstairs for an energizing flow. Healthy treats will be on hand.
Date: November 18, 1-3 p.m.
Chicago Latin Fitness Feel Fit Sunday
As part of Block 37’s commitment to helping you break a sweat (as well as shop), they have Chicago Latin Fitness teaching various formats on Sundays at Latinicity. For this installment, start the day centered and relaxed with yoga. Just be sure to also enjoy the bottomless brunch afterward at Latinicity, included with your ticket
Date: November 11, 9-10:15 a.m.
First Ascent Climbing
It’s fitting that Chicago’s locally grown, world-class climbing center is nestled amid the skyscrapers in the Loop. Break out of your comfort zone and navigate various climbing terrain, both advanced and beginner. First Ascent also offers yoga classes. Everything from single, one-hour classes to monthly and annual memberships are available.
Run in the Dark
This is a 5k/10k run that benefits Mark Pollock Trust, a nonprofit working to find a fast-track cure for paralysis. You’ll hot-foot it through Millennium Park and extend from Randolph Street down to Roosevelt Road before winding back. While the run is brisk, you’ll be warmed by the sight of the skyline, Cloud Gate and the Art Institute. Participants get a flashing red arm band for safety. Starts at Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. $30 registration fee .
Date: November 14, 8 p.m.
360 Sky Yoga
From 1,000 feet up in the sky, shut out the world and be zen. This class, held at the 360 Chicago viewing deck of 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly the Hancock Tower), is an hour of meditation and gentle flow movements that awaken the senses. Practice breath-centered motion and do morning sun salutations—all just that much closer to the sun. The class usually sells out, so book early and BYO mat. $15 fee.
Date: Every Saturday, 9 a.m.
Hot Mess Yoga: Happy Hour at The Promontory
This “no holds barred” yoga class is led by comedian and certified yoga instructor Amber Thomas, who’s all about forgetting trying to be perfect and just embracing your own hot mess. In her words, “Let your booty sweat drip in peace!” She’ll make you laugh as well as flex. BYO mat. $12-18 fee.
Date: November 15, 6 p.m.
Holiday Wellness: Free Class at Athleta
Getting through the holidays is a feat unto itself. Doing it in a healthy way adds a whole other level of help-me-please. This class addresses common wellness questions about healthy drinks, hosting parties and even what to do if you’re expecting. It’s all led by Maya Bach, Registered Dietician Nutritionist. Craft cocktails and mocktails are on hand, and you can also take the chance to check out the latest collection of winter athleisure at Lincoln Park’s Athleta.
Date: November 19, 7 p.m.
Acupuncture & Reiki Happy Hour
A whole new kind of happy hour—no drinks, just deep breaths. Join certified acupuncturist and reiki practitioner Tera Calandra at Calandra Center for Health and Wellness for an hour of holistic healing to shake off the mid-week stress. You’ll experience a 15-minute mini acupuncture treatment, sitting upright in a chair and utilizing acupuncture points on your ear, and relax even deeper with a short, guided reiki meditation that will instill a feeling of peace that will help carry you through the rest of the week. Register for free over the phone or by email: (312) 796-3965 or email@example.com
Date: November 28, 7 p.m.
Grant Park Turkey Trot
This annual trot is a 5k/10k run/walk that’s sure to burn calories from that bird you feasted on. The family-friendly event is as much about fun as it is about fitness, and courses are entirely on the Lakefront Trail and sidewalks. Everyone that finishes gets a medal. A portion of proceeds benefits Playworks Illinois, a nonprofit that strives to end bullying in schools. It’s $50 to register for the 5k and $60 for the 10k.
Date: November 24, 7:30 a.m.