Summer Workouts Return to Millennium Park

Free summer workout classes return to Millennium Park starting June 1. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Free summer workout classes return to Millennium Park starting June 1. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Summer’s almost here and with the return of warmer weather comes the annual free Summer Workouts in Millennium Park.

The free program, which started in 2005, was the idea of the late Lois Weisberg, former Department of Cultural Affairs commissioner, and the late Helen Doria, former Millennium Park executive director. In 2014, the program was expanded to Wednesdays.

“We have dozens, if not hundreds, of regulars who come to the workouts,” said Jamey Lundbland, director of marketing and communications at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The setting cannot be beat. It’s on the great lawn with the trellis overhead and Pritzker Pavilion’s sort of facing you, and the skyline is around you. The setting is beautiful.”

All classes are free and attendees should bring their own equipment, including water.

This year’s lineup includes yoga, cardio workouts, Pilates, Zumba and tai chi.

(Jump to class scheudles for JUNE | JULYAUGUST)

The city provides instructors and music during yoga and Pilates, and drumming during Zumba classes. This year's series begins on June 1 and runs through Sept. 3.

In addition to Saturday classes, yoga is offered on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)In addition to Saturday classes, yoga is offered on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

JUNE (Jump to classes in JULYAUGUST)

Wednesdays June 1-29

7:30-8:15 a.m. Yoga led by Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga

Saturday, June 4: Chicago Gospel Music Festival

7 a.m. Yoga led by Marta Bailey from Dunamis Yoga

8 a.m. Cardio workout led by LaTonya Ellis

9 a.m. Pilates led by East Bank Club

10 a.m. Zumba led by East Bank Club

Gospel music will be played during yoga and cardio workout.

Saturdays June 11-25

7 a.m Tai chi led by Christopher Zalek from the Great Lakes Tai Chi

8 a.m. Yoga led by Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga

9 a.m. Pilates led by Leah Ousley, Skyy Level Group Fitness

10 a.m. Zumba led by DANCEYTUDE with Meagan Ponce

Music played during yoga and Pilates will be by Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de Espana and Friends. Drumming during Zumba  will be by Crozier Percussion Collective.

Instructors and music during select classes will be provided by the city of Chicago. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Instructors and music during select classes will be provided by the city of Chicago. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

JULY(Jump to classes in JUNEAUGUST)

Wednesdays July 6-27

7:30-8:15 a.m. Yoga led by Trevor Dye

Saturdays July 2-30

7 a.m. Tai chi led by Gilda’s Club Chicago with Deb Sitron and Martin Romero

8 a.m. Yoga led by Alie McManus

9 a.m. Pilates led by Emily Gross, At The Core

10 a.m. Zumba led by Iris T. London, ITL Fitness

Music played during yoga will be and Pilates by Bill Mackay. Drumming during Zumba will be by The Rhythm Revolution Drummers.

Attendees should bring their own equipment and water. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Attendees should bring their own equipment and water. (Courtesy of the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

AUGUST (Jump to classes in JUNE | JULY)

Wednesdays Aug. 3-31

7:30-8:15 a.m. Yoga led by Shakta Kaur, Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)

Saturdays Aug. 6-Sept. 3

7 a.m. Tai chi led by East Bank Club

8 a.m. Yoga led by Chicago Park District/Park Family Wellness

9 a.m. Pilates led by East Bank Club

10 a.m. Zumba led by Janice Lofton

Music played during yoga and Pilates will be by DJ John Simmons.

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