Citrin Spa's expert nailsmiths buff away wear and tear from finger and toe shields during the spa's classic mani-pedi combo. Cuticle caretakers start by knocking nail beds back into shape, chipping away finger foulness created by rough play, environmental damage, and high fives from Captain Hook. Hands and arms will both receive soothing succor with a lotion-aided massage before talented talon technicians seal the treatment with a precise polish. Next, panting dogs can lap up luxury during a stress-ceasing soak in the pedicure pool. The tootsie treatment then moves to invigorating exfoliation as the spa's skin scrubbers scrape away rough layers to reveal the moisture-rich pads and forgotten tattoos of Edward James Olmos hidden just underneath. The entire treatment concludes as nails get clipped, buffed, and polished to the height of human hoof health.
Not all hot yoga classes are Bikram, but all Bikram yoga classes are hot. Instructors turn up the heat to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which can help detoxify the body and provide deeper stretches as students follow 26 specific poses. Combined with the form’s two breathing exercises, Bikram yoga can help its disciples sleep better, improve their posture, increase their stamina, and relieve chronic pain.
Global Exotic Car Rental facilitates the experience of zooming through Chicago’s sights whilst regally ensconced in the luxurious panoply of an exotic sports car or SUV. Great for a business trip, birthday gift, or a foolproof scheme to impersonate a best friend's wealthy father, drivers garner 24 hours behind the wheel of a Porsche Boxster, a Chevrolet Corvette, or a Cadillac Escalade. Motorists are free to coast down the Magnificent Mile, wolf whistling at installation art, or even—with permission from Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago—to leave Illinois for zany forays into neighboring Roman city-states. Vehicles can be delivered free of charge within a five-mile radius of Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago or, for a delivery fee, anywhere in the Chicagoland area. You can also use this Groupon toward a vehicle upgrade by paying the remaining price difference.
Students should bring: A yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: 2 hour free parking
Pro Tip: Classes at Navy Pier are first come first serve. Plan accordingly.
Different people want to get in shape for different reasons, and they go about it in many different ways. Fortunately, Fitness Formula Clubs' trainers understand this. They start every new member at their gym with four complimentary personal-training sessions that not only help hammer down each individual's goals, but also provide a solid foundation of knowledge and motivation. From there, equipment and guidance help each client reach whatever heights they're after.
Programs that focus on endurance in running, swimming, and cycling pair with Pilates work and basketball courts to develop well-rounded regimens. There's also classic equipment—cardio machines and free weights—offsetting a selection of less-than-traditional equipment—an artificial rock wall which lets clients build upper-body strength while practicing lines for their Cliffhanger: The Musical audition.
Flip Crêpes got its start on the Chicago Farmers Markets circuit in 2003, slinging its warm and sweet or savory treats to steadily growing flocks of customers. Eventually, the company outgrew its humble beginnings and expanded to a location inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center, where customers stop in for the crowd-pleasing crepes alongside a burgeoning roster of sandwiches and paninis. Four distinct menus address any and all cravings the day might present, including selections that tackle breakfast munchies with eggs and bacon, a passion for the savory with toasted options, salad cravings with fresh and crisp selections, and sweet teeth with desserts chock-full of Nutella, strawberries, and dulce de leche. The tender crepes will only wrap their eggy arms around healthy, high-quality ingredients, so the chefs avoid high-fructose corn syrup and other undesirable foodstuffs.
Founded in 1978, CARA is the third-largest nonprofit running organization in the nation, and is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Chicagoland runners. Pavement pushers of all abilities can take advantage of membership perks that include discounts on gear from local stores, discounted race-entry fees, access to CARA's race-day tents and gear checks, and a one-year subscription to Runner's World (a $16.99 value; not included in a youth membership).