Fitness: Cheers to Your Health, Chicago

Updated August 18, 2016

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Find where to pair drinks and fitness in Chicago - use the filter to find the beverages and activities you prefer!

Running

Pairing beer and running is a growing trend. Mikkeller has beer and running clubs all over the world. In Chicago, they've been known to meetup at Northdown Cafe. Similarly, Hash House Harriers has several regional groups that operate under the slogan 'a drinking group with a running problem. Hashing is a tradition brought over from the British Empire, inspired the game of Hare and Hounds. The group operates on these four pillars:

  1. To promote physical fitness among our members.
  2. To get rid of weekend hangovers.
  3. To acquire a good thirst and satisfy it with beer.
  4. To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

Running for Brews is a Chicago beer running club with weekly runs, social events, themed runs, and charity events. The Will Run for Beer is another weekly group with rotating bar meetup points such as The Globe Pub. 3Run2 is a running club welcoming a wide range of experience levels, and has a similar breadth of meeting times and locations. The club isn't a beverage + running club per se, but meet up points such as Dunlays on the Square in Logan Square and Three Aces in University Village/Little Italy put a post-run bevv at your fingertips.

The Scout bar also has beer run nights on Tuesdays. Vice District Brewing has a seasonal running club that meets Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Go 10 times and win prizes!

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) has a collaboration running group with Lagunitas Brewing called the Summer Six Series - a 6 week beer and running club to help you train, stay in shape, be social, or all of the above. 

But first, gear up with this shirt from the Bevv Shop:

 

Pair running with coffee at Nextdoor cafe, which hosts a variety of classes, events and groups at its Lincoln Park location.

Prefer hot chocolate? Train for the Hot Chocolate 5/15k, where thousands of your chocolate loving friends dash toward the willy wonka-esque chocolate infused after party.

DMK Restaurant Group has also been known to host races that pair bevvs and running such as the Sorta Marathon, which involves beers and running to support a charitable cause.

Chai Town Cafe, which serves hot chocolate, smoothies, protein shakes, coffee, tea, and other specialty drinks has a running club to help you train.

 

 

The Shamrock Beer Run is an annual 5k around St. Patrick's Day

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Cycling

Hybrid bike, hybrid business.

As local bike shops are under increasing pressure to stay afloat, they are turning to new ways to connect and serve their community. While commuting by bicycle is on the rise, much of that increase is due to bike sharing programs, a category of bicycles local shops don't serve.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association took a survey in 2013 that found 12 percent of bike shops in the U.S. have coffee bars, 11 percent offer spinning classes, about 5 percent serve beer, and a growing 1 percent offer other services such as yoga, massage, and cafe/restaurants. 

The most common service request is a flat tire change, which takes 5-10 minutes - more than enough time to order a flat white! Prepping a good bevv in tandem with bicycle service is an efficient use of resources.

Photo: Half Acre Cycling

Craft beer lovers also love cycling. Chicago's Half Acre Brewery sponsors the Half Acre Cycling, a USAC-licensed club of female and male cyclists in categories 3-5 in cyclo-cross, mountain, track and road disciplines, including USAC-licensed officials, coaches, and mechanics (not yet BMX, observed trials, and downhill). See their list of rides and meetups, and become a member. The Chicago Friars outdoor club, associated with Ricochet's Tavern, hosts bicycle outings among other activities.

Craft beer loving cyclist? Check out this case of beer:

 

New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat is a traveling bike and beer tour coming to Chicago in July, here's a preview:

Chicago is becoming more bike friendly by the day. The Chainlink is a helpful resource to find bike-minded individuals. They also have a women's cycling group that goes on fun outings such as brunch, a great way to earn those mimosas. Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood is a great area for bikers, and home to some great bike shops with good coffee and conversation. Ancien, originally only in Wicker Park, now has a location in Hyde Park. Both locations offer pop up live music performances, events like wine tasting, and a cafe to sip coffee while your bike gets repaired. Tamago is another great option in Hyde Park serving delicious pastries with pour over coffee, served with a side of bicycle expertise from the shop's knowledgeable owner. 

Commuting via bicycle is growing in the US (graphic from the League of American Bicyclists)

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Yoga

Yoga has a rich history in the practice of spirituality, discipline, and wellness - and more recently, beer. It's no surprise that yoga is most commonly paired with health drinks, cold pressed juices, or tea. However, breweries across the country are starting to add yoga to their offerings, including Evanston's Temperance Beer Co., which holds Temperance Trikonasana the 3rd Saturday of every month. Yogis pay $15 for this hour-long vinyasa yoga class (1:00 - 2:15pm). If you don't feel refreshed by the yoga, maybe the free post-class pint will do the trick - or the fact that the class also supports local charities.


Yoga studios are also getting creative with their classes. Chicago's Bend Yoga offers beer and yoga classes in addition to creative/hybrid offerings like yogalates and classes focused on mindfulness like Gong Meditation. Bru Chicago has a wide variety of drinks including tea, coffee, and protein shakes, and offers free yoga classes on Tuesdays. Yoga class participants receive 50% off tea after class - sweet deal!

Rage yoga is a thing. We haven't found any Chicago classes yet, however...

Want to find yoga events/pop ups with wine and beer involved? Check out Yoga Quench. VibeUP is also a good resource for yoga-related events.

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Winter Sports

Chicago, where you can bask in bone chilling temperatures with a good drink in hand. 

Parson's Chicken and Fish operates a seasonal ice rink, where you can practice your iron lotus in between craft cocktails.

Kaiser Tiger is Chicago's first and only curling bar. This West Loop German beer garden transforms into a seasonal winter rink for patrons to feel like olympians who celebrate with steins of beer and bretzels. 

The Chicago Friars club organizes an array of outdoor adventures in Chicago and beyond, including ski trips. Apres ski encouraged.

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