Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation

In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our beloved communities shine.

Here are the Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation winners:

Best CrossFit (City)

Windy City Strength & Conditioning

4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 773-536-9223

Dedicated to helping clients achieve the highest quality of fitness (and quality of life), Windy City Strength is the home of Windy City CrossFit — the first CrossFit facility in Chicago.

Best CrossFit (Suburbs)

CrossFit e-town

2125 Ashland Ave., Evanston, 847-859-2148

Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation (CrossFit e-town)
Photo courtesy of CrossFit e-town.

A family-owned business, CrossFit e-town fosters a community of people who “sweat and suffer together” with the goal of realizing their strongest, best selves.

Best Equipment/Athletic-Wear Store



With their unique sweat-wicking fabric and sleek design, lululemon apparel is ace for all kinds of exercise.

Best Fitness Classes

Salt Fitness

1714 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-904-8913; 410 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, 847-920-5260; 984 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-714-9910

Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation (Salt Fitness)
Photo courtesy of Salt Fitness.

Offering three different classes — barre, cycling, and foundational interval training (FIT) — SALT helps its members achieve their fitness goals.

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

FUEL: Mind to Body

1926 Waukegan Road, Suite 1, Glenview, 847-998-6030

Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation (FUEL: Mind to Body)
Photo courtesy of FUEL: Mind to Body.

This winner offers a huge selection of classes taught by highly qualified instructors. From weight loss to stress management, FUEL: Mind to Body has your needs covered.

Best Gym

Redefined Fitness

1211 Washington Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-8606

Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation (Redefined Fitness)
Photo courtesy of Redefined Fitness.

Dedicated to helping clients reach their full potential, Redefined Fitness wins for its training, workouts, and positive culture.

Best Indoor Pool | Best Racquet Sports Club

North Suburban YMCA

2705 Techny Road, Northbrook, 847-272-7250

This spacious indoor aquatic facility is (and has been) a favorite of our readers. North Suburban YMCA also offers numerous sports programs.

Best Outdoor Pool (City)

Midtown Chicago

2444 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, 773-235-2300

Our readers voted for Midtown Athletic Club’s Chicago location for the best outdoor pool in the city.

Best Outdoor Pool (Suburbs)

Midtown Bannockburn

2211 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-945-1818

Enjoy the warmer weather in this gorgeous outdoor pool that has lanes in it for lap swimming.

Best Personal Trainer (Tie)

Eric Smoot Hemphill, Redefined Fitness

1211 Washington Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-8606

Gregg Piper, V3 Fit Club

1660 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park, 224-707-0068

Eric Smoot Hemphill and Gregg Piper both won for excellent service and dedication to their clients.

Best Pilates Studio (City)

Pilates + Coffee

2144 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, 630-749-5729

Located in the heart of Roscoe Village, this studio is a cozy neighborhood spot that helps everyone achieve his or her practice goals.

Best Skating Rink (City)

Gallagher Way

3635 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-388-8260

Perfect for ringing in holiday cheer, Gallagher Way has a beautiful ice rink that is open to all ages and skill levels.

Best Skating Rink (Suburbs) (Tie)

Northbrook Sports Center

1730 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, 847-291-2993

Winnetka Ice Arena

490 Hibbard Road, Winnetka, 847-501-2060

In a tie for the favorite, both Northbrook and Winnetka have won the vote for best skating rinks. Bonus: they’re open year-round.

Best Spin Studio (City)


1225 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-951-7685; 3423 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-281-7685; 111 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-337-7685

Our readers voted SoulCycle the best place to go for a rewarding spin session.

Best Spin Studio (Suburbs)

Studio Spin

193 Northfield Road, Northfield, 888-CYCLE-55

Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation (Studio Spin)
Photo courtesy of Studio Spin.

A repeat winner, Studio SPIN offers spin classes and other fusion classes, like Spin & Yoga or Spin & Boxing.

Best Yoga Studio (City)

Om on the Range

1751 W. Grace St., Chicago, 773-525-9642

A cozy neighborhood spot, Om on the Range is a top-notch yoga studio that offer several different classes.

Best Youth Sports Training

iProSkills Academy

Various, 773-799-0535

Focused on specialized and individualized European training methods, iProSkills Academy will take athletes’ abilities to the next level.

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