Though the city is synonymous with food, particularly non waistline friendly steaks and Chicago dogs, believe it or not there are actually a plethora of health, wellness and sustainable minded activities in the Windy City. Our health-conscious guide to Chicago features just a small selection of these innovators, who make it so much easier to balance those deep dish indulgences.

SHOP

Greenheart Shop | 1714 N. Wells Street
This one stop shop for fair trade, eco-friendly and socially conscious gifts is proud to do business a little bit differently. As the city’s premiere non-profit fair trade shop, Greenheart goes out of their way to source products that do as little harm as possible - to people, communities and the environment. Each item, from handmade blankets to chocolate and olive oil, carries a story and is made by skilled artisans from as far away as Tunisia and as close to home as North Lawndale.

EAT

Left Coast | 2878 N. Lincoln Avenue
Relatively new to the Chicago dining scene, Left Coast was created from the idea that eating healthy should be quick and convenient, but still fresh and nutritious. This ‘healthy fast food joint’ offers progressive recipes not only for food but also chef-driven cold pressed juices and cocktails. Developed by culinary force Paul Kahan, the man behind some of the city’s most popular restaurants like Avec and Big Star, menu standouts include Laguna Avocado Toast, organic wraps named after famed rappers and a Kale Mary smoothie.  

DO

Green City Market | 1817 N. Clark Street
There’s no shortage of farmer’s markets in Chicago, especially when the weather turns and everyone is itching to get outdoors. There are so many great neighborhood markets, from Andersonville to Logan Square, but the true grand dame is Green City Market. Founded in 1998 by chef, author and entrepreneur, Abby Mandel, today it is the city’s only year-round sustainable food market. Hosted outdoors in Lincoln Park (1817 N. Clark) May-October and housed in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum November-April, the market hosts chef demos from culinary stars like Rick Bayless, community field trips and is also home to the Edible Garden, a 5,000 square-foot public garden.

UNWIND
 
Allyu Spa | 600 W. Chicago Avenue
This therapeutic spa in the city’s River West neighborhood is a perfect respite from the bustling downtown scene. Allyu, which is the Quechua word for community, offers a range of de-stressing services from chakra balancing to reflexology.

Lakefront Trail
One of the cheapest, easiest and most iconic Chicago activities, the lakefront trail is an 18-mile recreational area that runs along Lake Michigan. Ideal for a run, bike ride or walk it boasts beautiful views and sightseeing opportunities for some of the city’s most famed attractions from Navy Pier to Soldier Field.

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