Animal-Assisted Yoga Class

Every month or so, bunnies scamper among the mats during a 75-minute class, then linger for snuggles and selfies. They’re available for adoption — ask instructor Sue Coogan, who brought one home — and either way, your class fee supports the no-kill Red Door Animal Shelter. $25 per class. 7009 N. Glenwood Ave., Rogers Park, … Read more

Hotel Staycation

If holing up in a room is your definition of a getaway, the Hoxton, which opened in April, is not your hotel. Not because the industrial-lite rooms don’t have everything you need (including breakfast in a bag, delivered to your door). But because everything you ought to do — Chris Pandel’s Mediterranean restaurant Cira in … Read more

Running Studio

Mood-shifting colored lights, pumped-up tunes, and upbeat instructors keep you smiling (or at least not wanting to barf) through uphill sprints on the treadmill and strength work on the floor. Classes shift regularly between hard and fast workouts, which ensures results. From $30 per class. 228 E. Illinois St., Streeterville, runawayfitness.com

Paddle Tour

This two-hour Chicago River trip works out more than your shoulders: Shedd Aquarium guides lead paddlers as they collect litter, observe flora and fauna, and gather data about aquatic life on the way to a man-made island planted with native flowers. $40. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Museum Campus, sheddaquarium.org

Instagrammable Play Space

It’s a perennial parental conundrum: Go stir-crazy at home or risk contracting coxsackievirus at an indoor play hell. The solution? This breezy storefront, owned by former HGTV producer Nina Makovski and her husband, where the toys are (mostly) made of wood, the coffee is delicious, and every surface is spotless. $12 day pass. 25 S. … Read more


Pop in for a quick whole-body freeze or frigid facial, or linger for 30 minutes at the infrared sauna. From $40. 1205 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park; 1917 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown; 1215 W. Madison St., West Loop, thecryobar.com

Terrarium Class

The botanical artists at this plant boutique help you build the perfect miniature oasis. You’ll leave the hourlong workshop, held every other Wednesday, with a kit that includes a glass vessel, soil, substrates, decorations, and an array of succulents, ferns, and other plants. $75. 745 N. Damen Ave., West Town, sprouthome.com

Place To Eat At The Bar

The dining room of Stephen Gillanders’s restaurant has never felt particularly stuffy, but perching yourself atop one of the velvet stools in the bar delivers an additional dose of conviviality: The bartenders are quick with both the one-liners and your order of lobster dumplings, and you’ll have an easier time buttonholing sommelier Charles Ford for … Read more

Live Lit Reading

On the third Monday of every month at Cafe Mustache, some of the city’s most creative female and nonbinary performers and writers share stories magnificently unfit for polite conversation. Menstrual messes, sex mishaps, and other nasty subjects are fair game at a show that proudly upends expectations of what it means to be a lady. … Read more

Salt Therapy

Some of the health claims about this practice — which entails sitting in a room lined with blocks of salt — might make you raise an eyebrow (relief from allergies and psoriasis?). But a guided meditation session in a quiet room lit by an otherworldly blue glow will leave you craving more sodium-packed relaxation. $45 … Read more