Millennium Park

Randolph and Columbus

312-742-1168 or

Bright and early on Saturday mornings, instructors from Lakeshore Athletic Club lead free yoga (8 AM) and Pilates (9 AM) classes on Millennium Park’s lush Great Lawn. From atop a makeshift stage trainers call out the moves to the crowd, and the crystal-clear sound system makes the excuse “I can’t hear” null and void. The classes are followed at 10 by an aerobic dance session led by members of local companies like the Joffrey Ballet, Latin Street Dancing, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. When it was all over I was so exhilarated I didn’t even want to go out for my usual gut-busting Saturday-morning brunch. Classes run Saturdays (except July 1 and 8) through October 14.