Category: Advice
City Guide: Our Chicago Favorites
Chicago is an amazing city to visit or live, and with recent Chicago Cubs World Series win, we wanted to share some of our personal favorites: places to eat, things to do and where to shop. We reached out to two of our Dailey Method Chicagoland studio owners Leanne Kurtzweil (TDM Northbrook & North Shore) and Tami Conway (TDM Chicago – Bucktown, Chicago – Lincoln Park & North Shore) to give recommendations of their favorite spots… and they’re pretty cool people so no doubt they’re great suggestions to mark for your next trip to Chicago! Enjoy!
Tami’s Favorites: 
Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world!  My husband constantly reminds me that it it the greatest city in the world six months out of the year!  He doesn’t care for our winters!  Should your travels bring you to Chicago, I wanted to share a few things to do while visiting the Windy City!  By the way, if you had always assumed that Chicago earned its nickname as the Windy City from the chilly gusts coming off Lake Michigan, you would be wrong. The city is windy, according to most local legends, because of the hot air bellowing from politicians during it’s early days.
Where to Eat:
 Yikes!  This is a tough one!  One of the things I love about Chicago are the endless options for food and drink.  Abound with accolades from Michelin to James Beard, Chicago is one of the most diverse and exciting culinary cities in the world.  Where should I start?

For breakfast: One of my favs is Toast.  Toast has two locations, one near my Bucktown studio and one near my Lincoln Park studio.  The environment is casual and the food is comforting and plentiful.  Toast boasts (pun intended) some of the best coffee in the city!

For lunch:  During the warmer months, one of my favorites is Big Star in Bucktown.  A taco, tequila and whiskey watering hole, Big Star has one of the best patios in the city.  It’s perfect to unwind under the sun after completing your Dailey Double at the Bucktown location!

For dinner:  Gosh where do I start here?  As I mentioned earlier, Chicago has so many restaurants which have been awarded the most prestigious awards in food.  One of my favorites for people watching, steak and wine is Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf.  If you are looking for something a little on the lighter side, I love Wasabi in Bucktown for sushi and ramen.  I would crazy to leave out my favorite (as long as someone else is paying), Alinea.  It’s one of the best in the world!  For Chicago style pizza, I love Pizzeria Due!

Places to Go:

Wrigley Field: Home of the Cubs:  HELLO!?  Can you say 2016 World Series Champs?  Go on a sunny day and it’s one of the best outdoor beer gardens for 40K+ people!

Willis Tower (really called the Sears Tower):  At 108 stories and once the tallest building in the US (now the second), the Willis Tower has an observation deck complete with “The Ledge”, 4 glass boxes than allow patrons to walk 108 stories outside the building and over the streets of Chicago.  Not for the faint of heart.

Architecture Boat Tour:  One of my favorite things to do in Chicago during the summer months with guests in town!  There are many options here.  Take one of the boats up the Chicago River and learn about Chicago’s storied architectural history.  This is a must do!

One of my favorite things about my city is the wide variety of cultural activities to do.  I’m not sure if you are aware or not but, our city is challenged by winter weather!  These places never close and are great during the winter months when no one wants to be outside.

The Field Museum: The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, and is one of the largest such museums in the world.  Be sure not to miss one of the many “traveling exhibitions” which make frequent stops around the world.  Located next to Soldier Field and the Museum Campus, The Field Museum is the largest museum in the campus.

Shedd Acquarium: The Shedd is great for the whole family!  My kids never get tired of going, especially on wintery days.  It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.  At one time, The Shedd was the largest indoor aquarium in the world with over 32,000 animals!

The Art Institute of Chicago and The Modern Wing:  The Art Institute and Modern Wing have some of the best collections of art in the country.  You’ll recognize many of the artists and the works that made them famous.

Leanne’s Favorites:



Where to eat:

Breakfast/Lunch: True Juice . A local Winnetka, IL Juice shop with more than just juice!  I love any place that offers fresh, real food options in addition to cold pressed juice. BUT I have recently fallen in with the Pumpkin Smoothie (I add Kale and avocado to mine to get my greens) for breakfast on the go.   If you are ever looking for a “healthy” splurge – the TJ Cappuccino is indulgent, yet sugar, dairy, gluten free – which makes it clean, yet incredibly good!

Dinner: WasabiIt is impossible to pick a favorite in all of Chicago, but I also love Wasabi. Our latest ‘find’ is Wasabi, which is on the edge of Bucktown / Logan square / Humboldt park. The vibe never disappoints, it is a wide variety of clientele and they have great sushi (my favorite) and ramen (his.)

Where to Shop:

Juniper NorthbrookA quintessential boutique in the heart of Northbrook’s downtown never disappoints – from jeans to dresses and everything in between – when I need something for a night out – it is my go-to spot! If you live near our Northbrook or North Shore studios – it is a must!

Things to Do:

In the Summer, go to one of Chicago’s amazing beaches; I have recently discovered many of the smaller beaches along the North Shore and they might be one of our best kept secrets!  This summer my boys loved going to Lighthouse Beach in Evanston – the water is really shallow their so they can swim comfortably and of course they love playing in the sand for hours – which can make for a pretty peaceful afternoon with kids. 

My Post Workout Must-Haves

Do you rush from class into life? Me too. Here are my recommendations for moving from class straight into your day…. Effortlessly.

Lush “No Drought” Dry Shampoo:

I promise I will- but I may never have to wash my hair again. Kind of magic. I thought I wouldn’t like the powder vs. a spray but it’s that good. And smells fantastic!


ColorScience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum 50:


I’m a big proponent of sunscreen and this one is the perfect one for the middle of the day. Acts like a tinted powder and then has the added protection of sunscreen. Lives in my purse.

Revitalash High Def Eye Brow Gel:

I don’t wear a lot of makeup- I prefer the “non makeup” made up look. This is a life saver for me. Enough tint to make me look “together” and lasts all day long. Even when I take an interval!

Terry Hyaluronic blush:

This is a new fave. So easy to apply, gives you the perfect glow and stays on. I use blushberry and think almost any coloring could use the same.

Escentric Molecules Scents.

Scents are really difficult for a lot of people to tolerate in a gym setting. This line is very fresh and light and would never offend. It’s right in the middle of male/ female spectrum so appeals to all.

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara:

This is the perfect mascara that you can apply pre class and still have on afterwards. Even if you take Dailey Interval or Dailey Cycle!

Subtle Luxury Cocoon Sweater:

I have this in 4 different colors. It’s my favorite cozy light layer in almost any weather. And makes your leggings respectable for the grocery store.

Mother Denim:
I understand this requires a change and we want to go from one to the other. But sometimes we just can’t. These jeans feel like my leggings. They have the same high waist that I love and the perfect amount of stretch.

Come on – it’s my blog! How could I not throw a little fashion into it???

Happy Beautiful Transitions!

My Favorites To Follow on Instagram

I don’t have a lot of time in my day to spend on social media. Which is one of the reasons I 💚💚  Instagram so much. It allows me a quick daily glimpse into what my friends are doing, keep up to date with The Dailey Method studios around the world and also get inspiration from some amazingly talented people – all in a manner of a few minutes a day. Here are some of my personal favorites:



I’ve been following this one for a couple years. Usually a couple shots post a day and they are all truly beautiful. Makes me want to get up a dance.




This is a friend of mine and an incredibly talented interior designer. I love seeing her posts for inspiration and aspiration.  SOMEDAY!!




I really like these posts. She’s an incredible photographer and shows sneak peeks into motivating and inspiring women everywhere.




I just started following this one recommended to me by a very smart friend. Healthy food, healthy tips and healthy lifestyle. My kind of girl!




This company was on the forefront of the social media craze and they have done an amazing job with their brand. It’s where I learn about all the new healthy additions to New York. One of my all time favorites!




I love the look of this site and their items are beautiful. Great place to get ideas for decor, gifts, and fashion.



Oh, and be sure to follow me (@jilltdm) and @daileymethod to stay up on the latest! xo



Dailey Does The East Coast

Sometimes I have so much gratitude for what I get to do for a living, and that’s definitely how I’ve felt the last two weeks.

I just got back from a whirlwind trip on the East Coast. Starting in Loudoun, Virginia and Washington DC I taught classes (one to the wives of the Redskins players), took classes from studio owners and taught workshops to an engaging and passionate teaching staff. 4 Dailey Method studios opened on East Coast within the last year and I appreciated the opportunity to get to see all of the owners during my stay and witness the incredible community and support they’ve created out there.


Then, I was off to NY. I love this city – it inspires me, excites me and helps me find greater appreciation for my life when I return. Appreciate that I don’t normally have to run 100 miles an hour like everyone does in NY. My Master Teacher trainer Katina Griffin met me there and together we Dared to Bare. It was an amazing event put on by the Movemeant Foundation that brought so many brave people together for a cause that is unbelievably important and a huge part of why I do what I do. To inspire acceptance of our inside/out beauty. Regardless of where we are in our life.



I took 10 different classes at different hot studios during the week I was there. I was instructed and inspired by some excellent teachers. I didn’t love every class I took but even when I don’t have the best experience in a class I can still learn something from it. This is my favorite way to work on product development and support my passion for always being a student. If you ever need NY class recommendations check out my Instagram account to see what and who were my choices on this trip.



Then the finale was 2 pop up classes on the rooftop of the (super cool!) Refinery Hotel with the help of Emily Montgomery (TDM’s amazing Marketing and Social Media Director), Tami Conway (Chicago Studio owner) and the company Wellthily. We had a great turnout of students. Some that are students with The Dailey Method and happened to be visiting the city, some who now live in NY and were excited to have us present, and some new people that have never tried us before.

September Word of the Month: Balance


BALANCE is our word of the month for September. I feel like it’s the perfect word for this time of year because fall is a time where summer vacations have ended, kids are back in school, work picks up full steam and finding a new rhythm of balance becomes increasingly challenging – but it’s essential for our well-being. To me, balance means giving and receiving equal support to the important people in your life (And yes…! The teachers above will “support” me in the next class I take with them EQUALLY!!). It means having a balanced focus on my body and mind – my heart and my soul. 

In the spirit of creating more balance myself, I asked a few Dailey Method Studio owners to share what “Balance” means to them and I loved their answers:

  • To balance on one foot, you have to find stillness in the rest of your Body first. To find balance in life, you have to find moments of stillness and quiet for your Mind first. -Christine Olson – Lamorinda, CA


  • Balance to me is a never ending struggle.  Making sure my kids are taken care of and are heard, making sure my students are making the most of their TDM journey AND making sure I take time to fill my own cup – daily workouts, time to reset, bubble baths and wine!  Stephanie Breaux Bradley – Lafayette, LA


  • Balance is: Knowing when to look up and let go, and when to look forward and hold on. -Brittany Schwartz – Mission/Castro, CA


  • Balance to me means a sense of ease and peace with my priorities (important relationships, with myself included, work and play). Carly Goidosik – Birmingham, MI


  • Joy in all my different “jobs”; business owner, wife, daughter, sister, being myself. Balance is pure joy and fulfillment in each of these jobs, without one taking from the other. -Taryn Fischermann – Newport Beach, CA


  • Being present in the moment, putting the phone down and taking time to be present with myself and my family. -Tami Conway – Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Northshore, IL


  • Balance for me personally is taking a day or two off each week from TDM and getting a hot yoga class or going salsa dancing 🙂 -Tenaya Figueira – Venice Beach, CA


  • Balance means I can laugh. -Jey Wyder – Vancouver/Kitsilano, CANADA


  • Balance to me is that sweet spot when I can breath in all that is beautiful and good in my life.  A feeling of contentment that comes not with perfection, but with everything being as it should be for the moment. -Kerry Corcoran – Berkeley/Piedmont/Lamorinda, CA


  • The first thing that comes to mind when I hear “Balance” is Ease, Happiness, Centeredness. It’s the right amount of effort yielding the right amount of reward. -Jessica Chilvers – Santa Rosa, CA


  • To me, balance means devoting time every week to quiet the world around me so I can be present with my kids, my work, my husband, and myself. Eventually they all integrate. The challenge is aligning them in an intentional way so I can appreciate the joy in each facet of my life. -Amber Foy – Naperville, IL


  • Balance is synergy and ultimate happiness from the inside out. -Michelle Oberto – Santa Barbara, CA


  • Balance, to me, means creating a life that allows me to enjoy what I am doing when I am doing it.       -Sarah Thompson – Ottawa, CANADA


  • Being in tune with my mind and body and understanding its needs. Then adjusting my actions and choices around my needs so I stay at grounded and centered. -Stephanie Firenze – Rancho Bernardo Poway, CA

So much inspiration, am I right?! Thank you, TDM owners, for acknowledging the importance of “Balance”  in your lives. I celebrate each of you for embracing Balance and for teaching it too!

Let’s make September all about getting Back to Balance…. Back to YOU!