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The upper Midwest, including bigger cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, might not seem like a hotbed of health. This assumption is led by the fact that the cities tend to have rough seasons, especially winter. However, the state of Illinois ranks above the national average on overall health scores.

Honing in on the Windy City, Chicago provides an ample amount of healthy options and ways to move your body, if only just by walking. In fact, a few years back, Chicago was ranked the sixth most walkable city in the United States. So whether you’re looking for fitness clubs in Chicago to take part in or ways to move your body by simply walking a few blocks to the grocery store, Chicago provides its residents and visitors with options to get moving.

Free & Low Cost Options for Moving Your Body in the Windy City

One of the most popular ways of getting active in Chicago is by doing it the manual way: your legs. There are many free, or low cost, options for moving and being active including many that are close to The Residences at The St. Regis Chicago

Lakefront Trail on Lake Michigan and The 606

The Lakefront Trail has become more than just a way to get from Point A to Point B. Running 18 miles along the Lake Michigan shorefront, Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a popular place to see runners, cyclists, leisurely walkers, and beachgoers. 

Another popular option to get active in Chicago is by walking, running, or biking on The 606. Running through Chicago neighborhoods such as Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Bucktown, The 606 is an abandoned railway line that saw its refurbishment transform the area in the mid-2010s.

Walking Tours around the city of Chicago

Chicago is an extremely walkable city and what better way to experience that fact by doing just so: walking! Whether you are one to amble around on your own in the Windy City or are looking for free walking tours, Chicago’s sights and sounds are ready for their close-up. Are you looking for a walking tour that might be a bit more substantial than the free options? The Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau selected a handful of (paid) walking tours that are popular with residents and tourists alike. 

Free Fitness Classes in Chicago

Are you interested in cardio or strength training? Either way, there are low cost, discounted, or free fitness classes in Chicago that are worth trying out. 

In the summer months, it’s worth walking across the street from The St. Regis Chicago to Millennium Park where there are free workout classes ranging from Pilates to Zumba. Looking for other options because those times and dates don’t work? There are many other free fitness classes available on Eventbrite.

Gather Up Your Gym Bag for Fitness Clubs in Chicago

For true fitness clubs in Chicago that require a monthly or annual membership, there are countless locations in the Windy City. 

From the national chains of Equinox or Life Time, to more locally well-known spots like the East Bank Club, Fitness Formula Clubs, or Midtown Athletic Club, there are a wealth of options.

Are you wanting to work out closer to home? When you live at The Residences at The St. Regis Chicago, amenities are plentiful as the Fitness Room features state-of-the-art equipment, while working out amongst the clouds with tremendous views from the 47th floor.

After working out in the Fitness Room — or, if you’re a golfer, you hone your skills in the Golf Lounge — residents can relax by the indoor pool or enjoy the Steam and Sauna Rooms. Learn more about the Residences at The St. Regis Chicago here.