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Free workouts at Union Park , located at 1501 W. Randolph St., from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Free workouts at Union Park , located at 1501 W. Randolph St., from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Access to the Chicago Park District’s fitness centers will be available for free on May 4

The Chicago Park District announced today the return of Chicago Moves Day, a free citywide initiative that aims to connect Chicago residents to fitness and wellness opportunities across the city.

More than 15 health and fitness providers and the Chicago Park District’s Wellness Department will offer a series of free workouts at Union Park , located at 1501 W. Randolph St., from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The goal of Chicago Moves Day is to educate and motivate Chicagoans of all ages to adopt healthier lifestyles and help prevent and manage chronic diseases like obesity, tobacco use and cancer. 

“Chicago Moves Day is a signature fitness event that aims to motivate Chicagoans of all ages to restart their fitness and nutrition journey by taking small steps towards a year of making physical and mental health a daily priority and habit,” said Chicago Park District Interim Superintendent & CEO Rosa Escareño. “We are proud to be the leading provider of affordable wellness programming throughout the City of Chicago.”

The early evening event will feature free workout demonstrations, including Yoga and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), as well as fitness and health screenings, and nutrition and product sampling with local vendors and organizations. 

Among the confirmed vendors are Barre 3, Barry's Bootcamp, Buddha Belly Kids Yoga, Bustin’ Bubbles Soccer, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Transportation - Safe Ambassadors, Chicago Fit4Life, Chicago Parks Foundation, Chicago Public Schools - Office of Student Health & Wellness, CLOCC (Consortium, to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children), Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lurie Children’s KIPP (Knee Injury Prevention Program), November Project Chicago, U of I Extension, November Project, Zen Yoga Garage, and more. Some vendors will also provide giveaways and offer chances to win prizes.

The schedule of activities for the day is as follows:
•    4:00 pm: Zumba, Chicago Park District
•    4:25 pm: Family Yoga, Buddha Belly Kids Yoga
•    4:50 pm: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Barry's Bootcamp
•    5:15 pm: Yoga/Pilates, Chicago Park District
•    5:40 pm: Yoga, Chicago Park District
•    6:00 pm: Raffle Announcements 

As part of the program, all of the Chicago Park District’s 70 fitness centers will be accessible to Chicago residents to visit and try for free on May 4. Monthly fitness center memberships range from $10 to $20 per month, with limited exceptions. Three-month and annual memberships are also available. 

The event will also launch the Park District’s summer programming series, which offers Chicago residents a variety of healthy lifestyle activities and programs.  There are a variety of fitness and nutrition classes for all ages and abilities offered in over 100 park district sites, including but not limited to, Teen Fit Box, First Responder and Veteran Yoga.

Online summer programming registration opens May 9 and 10. Visit www.chicagparkdistrict.com/wellness to browse the selection of summer fitness and wellness classes. 
For more information on the summer park programming opportunities, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.  

Participants are encouraged to visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/chicago-moves-day to view, on-demand fitness videos prepared by the Chicago Park District and stay connected for regular fitness updates on the “We_Move_Chicago” Instagram at www.instagram.com/we_move_chicago. Followers may share photos of their fitness experiences in the parks using the hashtag #WeMoveChicago or #ChicagoMovesDay on Instagram.

To get started with our on-demand fitness videos, visit https://bit.ly/chicago-moves-day.

The Wellness Department will also host a variety of fitness inspired events in the summer, including National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Family Fitness Day on June 11th and International Day of Yoga on June 21st.