While the neighborhood is known for its lively restaurant, bar, arts and music scene, Logan Square Pilates + Core (2771 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is hoping to expand its reputation to include the wellness scene by hosting the neighborhood’s first wellness and self-care fest this weekend.
“There are so many businesses
This innovative wellness fest is March 16 from 3–7 p.m. and is the brainchild of the three co-owners of Logan Square Pilates + Core: Kristi Wood, Aileen May, and Chelsea Katz. The
“The owners of these three businesses are all friends and have collaborated together before,” Cordero said. “It was a long time coming.”
Although the idea started with only three businesses, as each of the owners reached out to their networks the list of collaborators grew quite quickly. The power of community and collaboration is thriving with wellness-oriented businesses in the neighborhood, especially the newer spots like Logan Square Pilates that are looking to put down their roots.
And that’s just what LSQP has done in their first year. McDonald and Cordero shared that the team has “built awesome community with an environment of inclusivity and accessibility,” which helped foster friendships among its clients, instructors, and neighboring local businesses.
“It has been incredible to see the growth of the studio of the last year and how much Logan Square residents have connected with our environment of acceptance and body positivity,” Cordero said, adding this reflects the business’ mission.
The first Logan Square Wellness + Self Care Fest is this Saturday, March 16 from 3–7 p.m. at the LSQP studio. Each of the 14 local businesses currently participating will have a table and experts who are happy to answer any questions from curious minds. With an exciting, informative workshop happening every half hour, there are many opportunities for people to learn more about new forms of self-care. Many businesses will also be providing samples and discounts so that newcomers can try out a new wellness practice for a lower price.
“Exploring a new form of wellness or self-care can be intimidating,” McDonald said. “We wanted to create an environment that would be less scary for newcomers to learn about something new.”
By seeing demonstrations and putting a “face to the practice,” the team hopes to increase the approachability of more niche forms of self-care across the neighborhood.
One of the workshops will be about spring cleaning, led by Reiki master Sara Gaines. She gave us some tips about spring cleaning that she will highlight at the festival—and that can be easily applied to whoever is seeking a fresh start in a new space.
For more information about the workshop schedule and to RSVP, go to http://loganwellnessfest.eventbrite.com and remember that the workshops are all first come first serve, so arrive early.