Spotlight: My Favorite Studios on Classpass in Chicago

In the spirit of resolutions (yes, I’m still in the spirit of resolutions in February), one of my goals is to work out more consistently. And that’s a bit tricky when I’m only going to SoulCycle, and only once a week usually because hey, it’s expensive.

So I spent an afternoon researching studios and class times on Classpass to see what might work for me to supplement my weekly Soul sessions. The glory days of unlimited classes might be over, but Classpass is still amazing. I hesitate to join or commit to any one studio because I like variety. I want to mix it up with yoga and barre and pilates! And with Classpass, you’re able to do just that. {ps – use my link for $40 off your first month!} Here are some of my favorite studios on Classpass in Chicago:


Mirepoix has it all: amazing teachers, a variety of class styles, a gorgeous space (it’s one of the most stylish fitness studios in Chicago), wellness goodies for sale, and kombucha and cold brew on tap. It’s a bit out of my way since I live in Lakeview and work in Gold Coast, but the teachers and classes make the trek worth it — seriously, I haven’t had a bad class. One of these mornings I really want to go to a 6 am sunrise flow, mostly so I have an excuse to grab a ‘booch or cold brew on my way to work!


I have a love-hate relationship with Barry’s that mostly falls on the love side. The studios are super sleek, the instructors are great, I know it’s good for me and there’s a fuel bar where I can spend $9 on an amazing chai-coffee smoothie afterward because “I earned it.” Look, I am very fancy-drink motivated, okay. BUT. There is always that moment in class when I look in the mirror, running on the treadmill for 30 more seconds and think to myself: “why the hell am I putting myself through this.” The fuel bar and Oribe products in the marble-tiled locker rooms make it worth it, though.


It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been to FlyBarre, but it’s easily one of my favorite barre workouts. I love the way each exercise is set to a song…so you only have to do arms as long as Beyonce is playing, and if Beyonce can’t get you through a grueling arms section, then what can? I also can’t speak highly enough of the instructors Elena and Glenn, both of whom will kick your ass in the most inspiring way possible. That’s Elena pictured above!


If you were only going to join one Chicago fitness studio, Studio Three in River North would be a strong contender. It literally has everything you need: Peloton cycling on the main floor, yoga upstairs, HIIT downstairs and a Graze kitchen serving healthy treats to boot. I’ve tried the yoga and cycling classes and the HIIT studio is definitely on my list. They’re also opening a second location in Lincoln Park this year!


The Bar Method is where I go when I want to feel like a chic and disciplined ballerina. This is highly technical barre with super hands-on instruction, which I appreciate. What’s the point of repeating an exercise to exhaustion if I’m doing it wrong? Plus, there are locations convenient to my office and my apartment — if I were super dedicated, I might even be able to sneak in a lunchtime class sometime. (And the new Joe & the Juice is nearby, and we have established how trendy food-motivated I am.)


Yoga Six is close to my office, making it perfect for a post-work sweat sesh or wind-down. A couple of Mirepoix and Studio Three teachers teach here, as well. The studio space is sleek and comfortable, too.

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Images: Voyage ChicagoChicago Mod, Wandeleur, Chi Organic Girls, The Bar Method, Yoga Six