Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Pre-Lollapalooza Workout

Definitely not your usual yoga space
There's more to Lollapalooza than three days of music? Something that doesn't require tickets to the shows? Something that has a fitness focus? Something that doesn't put me smack in the middle of Grant Park feeling claustrophobic from the crowds?

Ask me about Lollapalooza weekend and the only things I could tell you--beyond the fact that it's held the first weekend in August--are the completely unrelated Terrapin 5K (though it does have a music theme) happens the night before the three-day festival starts and Graham Elliott has something to do with the food served on-site. I didn't even know who was performing until a few night ago--and then I was sorry I didn't think about buying tickets for what might be my favorite line-up ever.

Never did I expect fitness to figure into the Lolla mix. But it does. You can get your weekend of concert-going started on a fitness foot with some sun salutations, asanas and stretches at 332 S. Michigan Ave. The LollaShop, a pop-up shop that opened on July 27 as an extension to the popular festival complete with the full line of official Lolla goods plus a few surprises, will be hosting yoga classes led by Margo Kellison at its adjoining Thompson Hotel Lounge. Even if you're not spending a single minute inside Lollapalooza, you're more than welcome to go to yoga--these classes are open to the public.

Hiding behind the pop-up shop's walls of fashions, hats, bags and Lolla tees, this lounge and performance space offers a peek at the Thompson - Chicago Hotel that will be coming to the city in 2013. Not your usual spot to practice yoga, but isn't it that unique experience--rooftops, Millennium Park, the beach--that makes it even more worth it? The yoga classes start at 9 a.m., August 3-5. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and register in advance at www.do312.com/LollaShop.

Maybe I'll get my Lolla fix after all. That is if I can remember to reserve myself a spot for Friday morning. And it'll give me an excuse to buy the official Gap T-shirt that I fell in love with at the pop-up shop opening.

Photo courtesy of Natalie Campbell Stanichuk.

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