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Best yoga studio

Audience Choice, Bucktown, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Sports & Recreation No Comments »

Photo: Kristine Sherred

CorePower Yoga

Regardless of whatever misgivings you might have about supporting a corporate yoga company, there’s no denying the advantage of having seven—soon-to-be-eight—studios located throughout the city, each with almost a dozen classes each day. Regardless of where you plan to get your next drink, there’s somewhere nearby that gets you a yoga high and yoga bod beforehand—no excuses. But the CorePower mecca is the South Loop studio: As you search for a drishti (gazing point) in tree pose, you can choose to focus on an element of Chicago’s downtown skyline, which the fifth-floor studio showcases through its large windows.

CorePower Yoga
12 West Maple, (312)266-9642
1704 North Milwaukee, (773)227-9642
945 West George, (773)862-9642
corepoweryoga.com

 Audience choice: (tie)
Bikram Yoga Chicago
47 West Polk, (312)922-9642
1344 North Milwaukee, (773)395-9150
2736A North Clark, (773)348-9642
105f.com
and
CorePower Yoga

Best of Chicago 2011

Best place to buy tea leaves in the suburbs

Goods & Services, Park Ridge No Comments »

TeaLula

Sheila Duda’s cute storefront, steps from the Park Ridge Metra station, is a real find for area leaf lovers. Its cubbyholed wall contains about 130 tea varieties, from estate-grown Chinese Keemuns and Taiwanese oolongs, to flavored blends such as Pomegranate Cranberry and vanilla-kissed Madagascar Fine Bourbon, to warming chais—what Duda calls “hibernation teas.” To assure quality, Duda tests constantly and limits her buying to a handful of trusted importers, who understand her goal: “to get as close to the garden as we can.” But what sets the shop apart is its tasting bar, where customers can sample any tea until they find their heart’s true brew. “We don’t want anyone to feel intimidated by tea,” says Duda. And it works—the cheery space is both family-friendly and connoisseur-congenial.

11 South Fairview, Park Ridge
(888)832-5852
tealula.com

Best of Chicago 2010