River North residents have access to dozens of attractive art galleries, awesome antique stores of all kinds, and more than 100 ethnic restaurants from Brazilian to Thai. What newcomers to the area (and maybe even a few residents) might not know is, besides a fantastic collection of restaurants, galleries, and shops, this community is home to several unique establishments where residents can do everything from enlist the services of a personal stylist to sign up for a challenging Pilates jump class.
Just a few of the many River North establishments worth visiting include Trunk Club, Chicago River North Pilates, and Peace Spa.
The Trunk Club hasn’t been in the neighborhood for too long, but the high-end men’s outfitter from Bend, Oregon is already on its way to making $5 million in sales next year. The startup relocated to Chicago in December of 2009 and it already has 20 employees, plus a growing band of followers from both the immediate area and other areas with a high population of professionals.
Trunk Club carries designer clothing such as Earnest Sewn, Lacoste, Jack Spade, and John Varvatos. The store’s personal stylists work one on one with each customer to find outfits that are carefully selected for each individual customers style, build, and budget.
Trunk Club is located in a laid-back loft at 311 W. Superior Street, Suite 504, Chicago, IL. 60654. Please call or sign-up for the service online or you can also just stop by the The Trunk Club loft and they can “get you well-outfitted in about an hour.” Phone: 312-266-8700. Website: www.trunkclub.com.
Chicago River North Pilates
Located between Wells and Franklin Streets on West Institute Place, Chicago River North Pilates offers a well-rounded selection of fitness classes for all levels and ages. The studio is located in an open loft space that offers the perfect setting for Yoga classes, both group and one on one Pilates classes, and hybrid classes such as cardio jump Pilates. Chicago River North Pilates has an added twist because it also offers innovative classes such as Foam Roller (Pilates on a foam roller), BOSU boot camp classes, and community workshops such as CPR or First Aid. Prices vary depending on the type of class, session or workshop, but discounts are available if you sign up for a five or 10-class card for most classes.
To inquire about scheduling a class or one on one session with an instructor, please call 312-751-1256 or visit the official Chicago River North Pilates website at www.crnpilates.com to send an email. You can also stop by the studio at 213 W. Institute Place, Suite 303, Chicago, IL. 60610. A staffmember is available to assist you Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Classes and one-on-one sessions are typically scheduled throughout the day, seven days a week. Some are offered in the evenings, so please inquire within.
Located at 520 W. Erie, Peace Spa is the perfect place for local professionals to relax and unwind before heading home after a hard day at the office. The spa offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Facials, Waxing, and special services for men such as customized facials. Peace Spa also offers extras such as Hot Stones & Warm Oils, Pre-Natal, and Couples & Friends Special Package. To schedule an appointment call 312-944-1211 x120 or just stop by 520 W. Erie, Suite 340, Chicago, IL. 60654.
Valet parking is available next door at the Erie Café for $6. You just have to tell them you’re visiting the spa. Website: www.peacespa.com.
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