Best of Chicago 2019: Health & Fitness

Better: Best of 2019

It seems like every day a new fitness concept comes into play. Discover our reader favorites when it comes to local health and fitness destinations with our “Best Of” Health & Fitness awards.

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Jonathan Engstrom (Center for Wellness)

700 N. Lake St., Mundelein

Whether back or neck pain, Dr. Jonathan Engstrom is known for finding the underlying cause of discomfort, rather than temporarily masking the symptoms.

Best Crossfit

ETown Fitness Club

2401 Main St., Evanston


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A repeat “Best Of” winner, ETown Fitness Club is a family-owned business that treats its clients like part of the family.

Best Equipment/Athletic‐Wear Store




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Integrating technical and performance wear, Athleta features stylish active and athleisure clothing for women and girls of all sizes.

Best Fitness Classes (City) | Best Gym (City) | Best Fitness Club (City) | Best Spin Studio (City)

Power Sculpt Fitness

3119 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago


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Dynamic workouts that combine strength and cardio for an effective sweat-sesh that will get you in and out quickly.

Best Fitness Classes (Suburbs) | Best Fitness Club (Suburbs)

North Suburban YMCA

2705 Techny Road, Northbrook

Best of 2019: North Suburban YMCA
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For more than 50 years, the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook, a nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, has been providing services and programs that are inclusive, engaging, and innovative for individuals of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. Serving 15 towns in the Northern Suburbs, the Y partners and collaborates with dozens of other service providers and community groups in a proactive approach to addressing community needs.

The Y is more than a gym; we’re a cause. Day in and day out we provide programs that help children, families, and seniors lead healthier and happier lives, create a path to success for children and teens, and help people manage their health and wellness. When you belong to the Y, you belong to something bigger! NSYMCA provides financial assistance to more than 1 out of 5 participants, is open and accessible to all, and encourages people from all walks of life to achieve their full potential.

Best Gym (Suburbs) | Best Youth Sports Training

Redefined Fitness

1211 Washington Ave., Wilmette


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A repeat “Best Of” winner, Redefined Fitness helps clients meet their goals in a fun and supportive environment.

Best Spin Studio (Suburbs)

Studio Spin

193 Northfield Road, Northfield 


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Studio Spin is your destination for spin and other fusion classes, like Spin & Yoga or Spin & Boxing.

Best Pilates Studio (City)

Studio Lagree



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With four locations downtown and one in Highland Park, the Studio Lagree concept uses the M3 Megaformer™ for a hardcore workout combining strength, stability, core, cardio, and endurance.

Best Pilates Studio (Suburbs) | Best Yoga Studio (Suburbs)

FUEL: Mind to Body

1926 Waukegan Road, Glenview

Best of 2019 — FUEL: Mind to Body
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Offering a wide variety of classes taught by top instructors, FUEL is your summer stress relief destination.

Best Yoga Studio (City)

CorePower Yoga



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One of the greatest things about CorePower Yoga is that they are located all across the country. Wherever your travels may take you, CorePower is there to help you find your center. An added bonus for newbies: your first week is free!

Best Personal Trainer (City)

Heather Hughes (Power Sculpt Fitness)

3119 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Our readers voted Heather Hughes of Power Sculpt Fitness the best personal trainer in the city.

Best Personal Trainer (Suburbs)

Gregg Piper (V3 Fit Club)

1660 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park

Best of 2019: Gregg Piper, V3 Fit Club
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Gregg Piper is a repeat Best Of winner. He is one of the owners of V3 Fit Club in Highland Park, which is celebrating its fifth year in business. At V3 Fit Club they welcome all fitness levels and believe all workouts should comprise the following core elements: warm up focusing on mobility and flexibility; A.B.C. (agility, balance, and coordination) exercises coupled with interval training; strength training focused on upper body and lower body development; and cardio and core finisher.

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