Best of 2015: Fitness & Recreation

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Challenge Workout

The Dailey Method

A fitness method combining barre, core conditioning, yoga and pilates to achieve a full-body workout. 2301 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-883-2990; 1714 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-904-8913; 410 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, 847-920-5260; 188 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest, 847-283-9000; 984 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-714-9910; 208 S. Marion St., Oak Park, 708-628-3352

Swim School

Big Blue Swim School

A three-peat for this Wilmette swim school offering lessons, camps and team practices. 101 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, 847-904-1270; 3232 Lake Ave., Suite 350, Wilmette, 847-729-7665

Running Store

Road Runner Sports

Everything serious runners need, from gear to nutritional supplements. 1435 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, 312-448-2966; 3232 Lake Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-1900

Bike Shop

Green Bay Cycles

Family-friendly bike shop selling all types of bikes, gear and sports equipment, and offering repairs. 999 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-446-7433


Favorite Chicago Professional Sports Team


It’s no secret that Chicago loves the six-time Stanley Cup champions—all you had to do was look at the city streets on the night they won in June!



Life Time Fitness (Large)

With more than 110 gyms in North America, Life Time’s facilities offer not only exercise equipment, but also cycling studios, full spa, health-promoting café, and personal trainers. 5330 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, 847-470-8600


Shred415 North Shore (Small)

Shred415’s classes feature high-intensity workouts that alternate between treadmill work and weights to get a full range of cardio and strength-training. 300 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847-929-9545

Spin Studio


Locally owned cycling studio with high-quality equipment and fun, pay-as-you-go classes for all ability levels. 813 Oak St., Winnetka, 847-441-8024

Yoga Studio

Bikram Yoga North Shore

This local favorite wins for the third year running. Beginners are welcome in any class—just go prepared to sweat! 1926 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-998-6030


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