City Hosts Free Fitness Day


The month of May is, by no accident, a big one for anyone looking to get or stay in shape. Typically, May in Chicago is the first month of anything approaching consistent warm weather. With that in mind, more and more people begin their summer training in May to get the beach body or competition shape they are after. Because of all of this, the 5th month of the year has been dubbed both “Bike Month” and “National Fitness Month.” To get in the spirit, the Chicago Park District is offering fitness class opportunities for anyone to enjoy.


On Saturday, May 12, the park district will host a number of fitness classes geared to almost any interest in locations across the city. These free classes include boot camps, yoga, pilates, Zumba and running clinics just to name a few.  The instructors are all certified with credentials in group fitness, personal training, and other specific fitness features. Some classes are limited in age range while others can be enjoyed by the whole family including toddlers.

This free day is an intro to the classes that will be hosted throughout the summer in the summer sessions at fitness centers. For a complete listing of classes and their locations along with more details on the park district’s fitness program, click here. Saturday’s events are listed below.

Calumet Park9801 S. Avenue G, 312.747.6039Fitness Boot Camp, 10:15-11:15am, Adult (18+)

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens
1801 S. Indiana Ave., 312.328.0821Running Training Clinic, 9-9:45am, Adult (18+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 10-10:45am, Adult (18+)
Yoga, 11:15am-12:15pm, Adult (18+)

Columbus Park
500 S. Central Ave., 773.287.7641Fitness Boot Camp, 9:30-10:15am, Adult (18+)
Sports Conditioning, 10:30-11:15am, Adult (18+)
Kickboxing, 12:30-1:15pm, Adult (18+)

Dunham Park
4638 N. Melvina Ave. 773.685.3257Running Training Clinic9-10amAdult (16+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 11:30am-12:30pm, Adult (18+)
Kidzenergy, 12:45-1:45pm, Youth (6-13)

Haas Park
2402 N. Washtenaw Ave., 312.742.7552Yoga & Pilates, 12-12:45pm, (Adult 18+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 1-1:45pm, Adult (18+)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 2-2:45pm, Early Childhood (3+)

Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne Ave. 312.742.7785Fitness Boot Camp, 9-10am, Adult (18+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 11:15am-12pm, Youth (6-13)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 12-12:45pm, Early Childhood (3+)

Hiawatha Park
8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr., 312.746.5559Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 11:15am-12pm, Early Childhood (3+)
Mighty Fit Family, 12:15-1pm, Early Childhood to Adult

Jefferson Memorial Park
4822 N. Long Ave., 773.685.3316Yoga & Pilates, 9:30-10:15am, Adult (18+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 10:30-11:15am, Adult (18+)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 11:30am-12:15pm, Early Childhood (3+)

Kilbourn Park
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., 773.685.3351Zumba, 9-10am, Adult (18+)
Yoga & Pilates, 10-11am, Adult (18+)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 11:15am-12pm, Early Childhood (3+)

McGuane Park
2901 S. Poplar Ave., 312.747.6497Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 9:30-10:15am, Early Childhood (3+)
Conditioning, 10:30-11:30am, Adult (18+)

Sheridan Park
910 S. Aberdeen St., 312.746.5369Fitness Boot Camp, 9-10am, Adult (18+)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 10-10:45am, Early Childhood (3+)

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr., 773.256.0149

Get Fit with Erica special programmingRunning Training Clinic, 8-9am, Adult (16+)
Mom Pop & Tot Yoga, 9:15-10am, Early Childhood (3+)
Fitness Boot Camp, 10:15-11:15am, Adult (18+)
Yoga & Pilates, 11:30am-12:15pm, Adult (18+)
Panel Discussion: Getting Started on Your Fitness Journey, 12:30-1pm, All ages
Zumba Dance Party, 1:15-2pm, All ages

West Lawn Park4233 W. 65th St., 773.284.2803Fitness Boot Camp, 10:30-11:30am, Adult (18+)
Strength & Conditioning, 11:45am-12:45pm, Adult (18+)
Yoga, 1-1:45pm, Adult (18+)