Chicago — Streeterville, CorePower

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In the late Spring of 2017, I traveled to the Lake Michigan Side of Chicago for a trade show that was being held on the Navy Pier. Since I know there are roughly a dozen CPY Studios in the Chicago area, I knew my hotel would be relatively close to a studio.  Little did I know, it would be 2 blocks away!

To my delight the Streeterville CPY offers nearly 20 classes throughout the weekday starting from a 6:00 AM Sculpt class and ending with a 9:30 PM Candlelight Hot Power Fusion.

Studio, classes and amenities

The Streeterville studio has a very nice boutique featuring popular yoga apparel and  gear for both men and women — although I found the men’s selection to be limited.  In addition to their large array of yoga equipment (mats, towels, blocks, etc.), there was a small rack featuring men’s shorts, shirts and sweatshirts, non of which were my size.

Similar to other CorePower Yoga studios, there are two large rooms for practicing yoga. Each studio has mirrored walls — one in the front of the class and on left sidewall, (if you’re facing the front of the class).  The right side of the wall features a tinted a window with a nice view of the street.

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In true CPY fashion, the studios are very clean.

They provide both blocks and straps, in addition to weights that can be used for the sculpt classes.

The studio also contains two different spray bottles to spray on your towel to help provide a better grip.  One bottle is plain water; the other is infused with essential oils.  The studio also provides orange oil spray to help prevent an odorous towel from disrupting your practice.

Nearly every “spot” in this studio provides for a pleasant practice. I was not able to find any specific locations that were hotter than others.  I even practiced under the humidifier for HPF.  I am a heat junkie.  I like it nice and swampy.

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Classes

The Streeterville location offers a wide variety of classes, most of which are vinyasa style classes, in which poses flow with the practitioner’s breath to movement.

  • C1 (a 60 minute non heated class)
  • C1.5 (a 60 minute lightly heated class)
  • C2 (an intermediate 60 minute heated vinyasa class)
  • Yoga Sculpt (a 60 min, lightly heated cardio class, utilizing a variety of small weights while holding common yoga postures)
  • Hot Power Fusion (a 60 minute intermediate hot yoga class.  The hottest class available).

Locker rooms

The studio offers very clean locker rooms for both men and women.  In the men’s locker room there are roughly 3 to 4 dozen lockers 3 showers where one is for handicapped practitioners. Within each shower they provide all the necessities, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner.  They are filled nearly everyday.  The locker room also has 2 sinks with toiletries, such as cotton swabs, mouthwash, lotion, and soap.  There are also 2 urinals and an enclosed toilet stall.

I have never seen the women’s locker room, but my assumption is they are similar to the men’s locker, but cater to the needs of women.

Address

227 E Ontario Street Suite 202, Chicago IL

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