I find that incorporating different types of fitness activities into my routine keeps things fresh and exciting – and helps me stay motivated. That’s why I like to mix a barre class into my schedule every now and then.
Thinking about mixing things up by taking a barre class in Chicago but don’t know where to go? Get the 4-1-1 on three popular barre studios in Chicago.
Pure Barre promotes itself as “the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body.” Each class is 55 minutes. In addition to the typical barre class, some Pure Barre locations also offer specialty classes that focus on specific parts of the body, such as the abs or the outer thighs.
Locations: There are Pure Barre locations in nearly every state, with 12 locations in Chicago and the suburbs, so you’re bound to find a studio near you.
- River North: 1 East Huron St.
- Old Town: 1350 N. Wells St.
- Lincoln Park: 2058 North Halsted St.
- Bucktown: 1837 W. North Ave.
- Lakeview: 3245 N. Ashland Ave.
- Evanston: 910 Church St.
- Deerfield: 720 Waukegan Rd.
- Orland Park: 14932 S. La Grange Rd.
- Wheaton: 33 Rice Lake Square
- Kildeer: 20771 North Rand Rd.
- Naperville: 144 W. Jefferson Ave.
- Geneva: 500 S. 3rd
Price: Your first class is $15, but after that, plan to drop $25 per class. Pure Barre also offers class packs and monthly options that can save you a little dough if you’re planning on going regularly.
The Barre Code
This women-only studio started with one location in Chicago, and has quickly grown. One thing that makes this Chicago-grown company stand out is that they offer several different variations of their standard, 50 minute barre class, including heated and cardio-focused options.
Locations: There are Barre Code studios in a handful of states, and six locations in and around Chicago:
- Gold Coast: 1165 N. Clark
- Lakeview: 959 W. Belmont
- Lincoln Park: 1962 N. Clybourn
- Michigan Ave.: 324 N. Michigan Ave.
- River North: 435 N. LaSalle
- Evanston: 604 Davis St.
- Park Ridge: 33 ½ S. Prospect Ave.
Cost: The Barre Code is the most affordable option of the three studios featured. A single class costs $20, but they also offer class packs and monthly pricing that might be better options if you plan to be a Barre Code regular.
The Bar Method promises an outstanding workout, along with knowledgable teachers and caring service. The Bar Method supports students of all fitness levels by offering different level classes. Each class is one hour long.
Locations: There are Bar Method locations throughout the country, including six in the Chicagoland area:
- Gold Coast: 1 East Delaware
- Lakeview: 3144 N. Sheffield Ave.
- Loop: 180 N. Wacker Drive
- Wicker Park: 1271 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Highland Park: 1200 Old Skokie Valley Road
- Naperville: 55 S. Main St.
Cost: The Bar Method is the most expensive of the three barre brands. Your first class will cost you $24, with subsequent classes ringing up at $27. Class packs and monthly memberships are also available.
Do you take barre classes? What’s your favorite barre studio in Chicago? Please share in the comments!