North Avenue Beach
N. Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue
With stunning views of the city skyline and lakeshore, Chicago’s busiest beach boasts an ideal backdrop for a workout. There’s a bike path, sand volleyball, a beach-hockey rink, even a Crunch mini-gym where you can blast your lats while ogling the babes on blades. Forgot your gear? Grab whatever you need at a nearby beach house.
Fitness Formula Clubs Union Station
444 W. Jackson Blvd. 312-627-0444
This sprawling club and spa promises full service. When you’re done lifting, compete in a friendly pickup game or work on your stroke in the Junior Olympic-size pool ($30 for a 24-hour pass).
Embassy Suites Lakefront
511 N. Columbus Dr. 888-903-8884
This swank hotel spares no expense anywhere. The state-of-the-art fitness center, just blocks from Lake Michigan, is open round-the-clock. Among the recent additions: Precor machines and an indoor lap pool.
Powerhouse Restaurant and Bar
215 N. Clinton St. 312-928-0800
Renowned Chi-Town chef Jeff Mauro serves up a seasonal menu of tasty New American cuisine.
Trattoria No. 10
10 N. Dearborn St. 312-984-1718
The standout pasta endears this restaurant to locals. Good food and affordable wine always make for an ideal power lunch.
Rockit Bar and Grill
22 W. Hubbard St. 312-645-6000
Rock fans come for the music, pool sharks love the custom tables, and everyone hits up Rockit for its laid-back vibe.
2 W. Erie St. 312-202-6060
Located on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel, this lounge is known for its pretty young things.