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

New Comedy Destination

Do you ever tell stories about all the embarrassing things you did as a teenager? Annie Russell and a roster of fellow comedians certainly do, and with gusto. At this kinetic monthly event at Transistor, they drag the skeletons out of their adolescent closets — from cringeworthy paintings to dangerously purple novels. Donations accepted. 5224 … Read more

Walk With A View

The restoration of the former Meigs Field brings preurbanization habitats back to life while offering grand views of the skyline. A saunter along the mile-long path through the nature area is both a respite from the chaos — with chances of coyote sightings — and a quintessential city experience. 1521 S. Linn White Dr., Near … Read more

Time Portal To Neolithic China

If you head a few miles southwest from Michigan and Adams, you will encounter an equally spectacular collection of millennia-spanning artifacts, from jade carvings to pottery to ritual bronzes, extending from the Shang (which began around 1600 BC) to the 17th century Qing dynasties. Free to $8. 218 W. 26th St., Bridgeport, heritageasianart.org

Boxing Studio

Hour-plus classes sandwich three-minute rounds of jabs, uppercuts, and hooks between a warm-up and ab-burning core moves. Arrive early so a staff member can bind your hands in wrist-protecting wraps. From $35 per class. 2417 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, titleboxingclub.com