Fit Fly Gal's Adventures in Chicago

Fit Fly Gal's Adventures in Chicago

Does going on vacation mean you have to let your #fitness take a backseat? Not necessarily. In #Chicago, there are tons of options to keep up your workout routine while immersing yourself in the local #culture. Try a walking, cycling tour or kayak tour through a hip part of town or play on the local #beaches and join in on a volleyball game.

When you go on a vacation, or have a long layover planned, it’s always fun to search for great restaurants, shopping, and touristy things to do at your destination. I tend to look for something fun and active to do. Whether it be hiking in Tucson Arizona (this past week), good places to run in London, or where the best paddle boarding rentals are in Hermosa Beach, California, it’s always fun to ‘get down & dirty’ wherever you are exploring.

As busy travelers, we tend to become enthralled by new places, new sights, and new adventures. 

As busy travelers, we tend to become enthralled by new places, new sights, and new adventures 

We go out and explore, and then come back to our hometown to crash and repair (mentally and physically). It got me thinking: “What about active adventures in my hometown? What are fitness inspired, adventurous things to do in Chicago, I may, or may not have done yet?”

So- I created a list.

Top 5 fit & fun Things to do on a Vacation, or a layover in Chicago, Illinois

1. Bike & Roll Bikes at Night Bicycle Tour

This 2-3 hour evening bike tour takes you all around the best attractions of Chicago with an amazing night view of the beautifully lit skyline. 

Takes you around the best attractions in Chicago with an amazing night view of the beautifully lit skyline
from  $40

Bikes at Night

 239 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601, United States
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Chicago Walking Tour

Familiar with the city, but want to check out the sites on your own? Chicago offers a bike-sharing system called Divvy ( where you can rent bicycles in various parts of the city per hour, or by membership. Chicago is an extremely bike friendly city, and it is a great way to get around to see the sights!

2. Chicago Kayak Architectural Tour

Kayak Chicago offers several interesting kayaking tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

from  $65

Kayak Architectural Tour

 Magnolia Avenue, Corona, CA, United States
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However, the architectural tour takes you through a really neat part of the city. All of my friends who have done this tour have had a fantastic time and captured some really amazing photos of the city.

3. Chicago Walking Tour

This group offers many different walking tours in the city (indoor or outdoors) ranging from art themed, to the history of the great Chicago fire. Most tours are about $15-20 a person and range from 2-4 hours.

from  $25

Chicago Walking Tour

 West Loop, Chicago, IL, United States
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4. Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Forest, woodland, and wetland all just minutes away from the downtown loop area? Yes! This gorgeous bird sanctuary off the famous Lake Shore Drive is great for walking, rollerblading, or cycling. This is a beautiful, peaceful, and fun place for both natives and tourists.

5. Chicago Beaches

Oak Street Beach, Montrose Beach, and North Avenue Beach are all hip, happening places during the warmer months in Chicago. There are always beach volleyball games, seaway tours, rollerbladers, cyclists, and runners everywhere you look. Hop on the lakefront path anywhere off the many beaches in Chicago and walk for miles along the shore for a beautiful view of the city skyline.


I may be a Chicago native, but there are still so many things I haven’t done or seen. Sometimes some of the most fun, active activities are in your own backyard. So, before your wanderlust starts to take over on your days off, and when you are low on extra travel funds, enjoy your own city as if you were a tourist. 

enjoy your own city as if you were a tourist

I bet you will find new adventures just a few miles away. For those of you who are looking for a new adventure- consider visiting Chicago. As a native, I can personally guarantee that you will love this city.

I’ll be back next week for another Fitness Friday. Until then, make sure you like Fit Fly Gal’s Facebook Page, and follow me on Instagram.



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