Beast and Balance and Five for Fly – Abigail Nora
Beast and Balance and Five for Fly – Abigail Nora

Beast and Balance and Five for Fly – Abigail Nora

Imagine, if you will, a pop-up fitness and lifestyle experience that’s sort of like Lollapalooza for yoga (but cooler) in Chicago’s West Loop. Maybe Pitchfork for yoga is a better way of putting it. Well, that’s exactly what Beast and Balance sounds like it’s going to be, and I totally want to check it out.


Image: Beast + Balance

According to the website:

Beast + Balance is a 3-day, curated yoga experience rooted in cool people, doing cool things that matter. Meet on your mat to flow hard in a 60 min sequence designed by curator, El Gotlieb, then chill with cool kids — local businesses + influencers — who are doing cool things in food, wellness, athleisure gear + more.

Literally so many of my Chicago faves will be there, like Bow Truss Coffee and Aloha Poke. Plus, free acai bowls from Graze Kitchenette (which I totally want to try) and freaking free brow waxing and spray tans (!!!) from Brow Maven. It’s a seriously cool group of vendors, and there are multiple different flow + event combos to choose from — Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Plus, there are “boss bae” events with local bloggers The Golden Girl, Lake Shore Lady and Ambitious Kitchen. Stop by one flow + event for $35 if you snag tickets in advance, grab two tickets and bring a friend for $60, or do the whole damn weekend for $99. My sister will be in town when it’s all happening (aka August 19-21), but I really hope I can squeeze one event in — or that they’ll do more Beast and Balance pop ups in the future! More info here.

Speaking of super cool fitness things in Chicago, did you know that Flywheel has been here for five years? They’ve been doing throwback themes all week and to top it off, both the Gold Coast and Old Town studios are doing Fly60 classes today at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the kicker: each class is going to be taught by five different instructors. I don’t know how it’s all going to work (hopping on and off the bike? they’re all different heights!), but it sounds awesome, and then apparently there’s a happy hour at Woodie’s Flat in Old Town after class. I’m actually dragging my friend Erica along, and it will be her first ever Flywheel experience, so this should be interesting. I’ll be in the Old Town class — say hi if you see me!

Happy weekend, everyone!