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Pay it Forward
5 Chicago non-profits worthy of your free time

we rounded some of Chicago’s worthiest non-profits who all just happen to be on the hunt for volunteers. Fit for any type of woman, these Chicago charities promise to leverage your support to make a difference.
Say Ahhh
7 spa services that won't break the bank

When it comes to serious stress relief, nothing melts troubles away quite like a trip to the spa. When your wallet can’t handle another hit, don’t despair. There are luxurious spa services without the steep price tag being offered all over our fair city. Check out some of our favorites below.
Good News
One woman uncovers the inspiring news in the city

A news source dedicated to the good, inspiring people in the world? Local reporter Sarah Jindra is setting out to create just that, one uplifting story at a time.
Spring Cleaning
Cleaning up from the inside out

With spring finally setting in, now’s a good time to cleanse and detox. For advice and clearing out all the heaviness and excess of winter, we turn to Karen Klutznick of Chicago’s KK Ayurveda.
Calm Repose
A yoga pose guide

Ready to slow down, power up, take a breath, and find a moment of groundedness? Start a yoga practice at home with the help of Tula Yoga in Logan Square.
Your Best Year Yet

If the New Year has any bearing at all, it should be to refocus and reimagine—to reposition ourselves to live the fullest, happiest, most vibrant version of the lives we want to lead. We give you six ways to refocus in the New Year and bring about slow, healthy change to make this one your best year yet.
True Stories
Real women. Real Stories. Rooted in Chicago.

We’re giving voice to the city’s wise women—writers, artists, and thinkers—waxing poetic on the topic of mothers and nurturing. Today, we introduce you to Chicago writer Liz Grear.
10 Reasons
We’re Thankful for Chicago

In the spirit of Thanksgiving—as we gather around the turkey and mashed potatoes to give thanks for what is ours—we count the many ways our sweet Chicago has made us proud.
Learn by heart
5 ways to give back

What better way to celebrate gratitude than by giving others something to be thankful for? We scoured the city—top to bottom—in search of some of the best non-profit agencies that could use a little help this season.
Escaping the Grind
Six ways to chill out in the city

Between wailing sirens, gridlock traffic, and the ever-prompt (see: sarcasm) CTA, our day-in and day-out can leave us frazzled and running on empty. So for all the days you’ve had it up to here, The Urbaness now has your answer.
True Stories
Real Women. Real Stories. Rooted in Chicago.

We’re eager to share the stories of real women and their true-life experiences living in this city we love. We continue our True Stories series with Chicago writer Christine Rice.
True Stories
Real women. Real stories. Rooted in Chicago

We’re eager to share the stories of real women and their true-life experiences living in this city we love. We kick off our True Stories series with Chicago writer Emily Schultze.
Calm Repose: Pose 1

Tula Yoga presents a series of poses that will help you keep your ground, stay focused, and return to yourself. Let’s begin with a beloved workhorse of yoga practices, Downward Dog.
Calm Repose
A yoga pose guide

Cobra, the second pose in our series from Tula Yoga will strengthen your back, broaden your chest, and shine your heart out into the world.
Calm Repose
A yoga pose guide

The yogis at Logan Square's Tula Yoga are back with another pose to add to our series. Today they bring you Warrior II, a standing pose to help you feel empowered by your connection to the earth.
Calm Repose
A yoga pose guide

Tula Yoga is back with another pose in our Autumn Grounding series, which will help you find steadiness when the Fall winds blow: it’s Tree Pose.
Calm Repose: Pose 5

Let It Go! Find your forward surrender in our seated forward fold, the newest pose in our keeping calm yoga series.
Spring Clean
Lighten up without the landfill

If the warm weather on the horizon has you in the mood to purge, give some thought to how you’ll let it all go.
The Urbaness’ Guide to Yoga
To promote peace of mind

The next pose in our Backing Up Series is a static pose that opens up the side body and stretches and tones the core: Gate Pose. Tula Yoga’s Cassi Stuckman shows us the ropes.
Create Joy
10 ways to inspire happier living

It’s in the everyday practice—the accumulation of tiny, joyful moments—that we re-learn how to look at the world through a lens that sustains and fulfills us. We’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to create these tiny, joyful moments—and find a path to a happier you.
Backing Up: Caring for your Spine

Your body’s strength, stature and posture begin and end with a strong healthy back; care for your back and it will care for you. The wonderful yogis at Tula Yoga are back with a gentle but thorough workout to put your spine through its full range of motion.
Ado Mukha-what?!
Learning the language behind your yoga practice

If doing yoga feels like learning a new language, that’s because it is! Learn the Sanskrit names to some of your favorite poses!
Four Ways to a Heart-Healthier You

This month we give your heart something to beat about with four intriguing workouts that are anything but ordinary.
Breathing Room: Advice on your first meditation practice

Bring some stillness to your inner world with this simple advice and audio practice for meditation from Elesa Commerse.
Touching Earth: A Meditation Oasis

You’re grounded! Elesa Commerce of Touching Earth shows us why meditation is good for our bodies and our minds.
What’s Not to Love?

With love on our minds and Valentine’s just around the corner, we appealed to Chicago writers we admire to share their thoughts on the subject. Today a wife, mother, and fried-food lover asks the question on all our minds: Why is it so easy to give love to others, when it can be unthinkable to give it to ourselves?
Your Best Year Yet

If the New Year has any bearing at all, it should be to refocus and reimagine—to reposition ourselves to live the fullest, happiest, most vibrant version of the lives we want to lead. So this year, that’s what we’re after—and we hope you’ll join us too. Here we give you six ways to refocus in the New Year and bring about slow, healthy change to make this one your best year yet.
Word to the Wise; Sage Advice from Chicago Women

Giving new meaning to the phrase live and learn, we called in some of the wisest women we know to reflect on their life’s experiences. We asked them for one piece of advice they wish they had received in their twenties.
10 Ways to Make Your Spirit Merry and Bright

Need a fast-track to holiday delight? Follow our—dare we say—brilliant advice for your jolliest year yet. We bring you ten low-cost, merry-making ways to have you fa-la-la-la-la-ing in no time.
Tis the Season for Giving Back

It’s easy to get caught up in the insanity of the season. But this year we’re intent on celebrating Christmas our way—and that includes a healthy dose of giving back. To that end, we called in the big-hearted crew at Zealous Good, a Chicago group dedicated to connecting people and their stuff to the charities that need them. Here’s their plan for spreading the holiday cheer this season:
10 Reasons We’re Thankful for Chicago

In the spirit of Thanksgiving—as we gather around the turkey and mashed potatoes to give thanks for what is ours—we count the many ways our sweet Chicago has made us proud.
Breaking Bread

Last week, Soup & Bread series founder and acclaimed author, Martha Bayne, teamed up with the greenest, lushest, near-tropical retreat in Chicago—the Garfield Park Conservatory—to bring a new flavor to an old favorite.
Autumn Grounding V

Autumn is the best time to let go of what’s not serving you—worry, effort, relationship, habit, whatever. Bound Angle Pose, the final pose in our Autumn Grounding series, will help you feel stable, supported by the earth, and encourage you to let go of what you don’t need by using minimal effort to achieve maximum rest.
Autumn Grounding IV

Tula Yoga is back with another pose in our Autumn Grounding series, which will help you find steadiness when the Fall winds blow: it’s Tree Pose.
Six Steps to Serene City-Living

As much as our hearts belong to Chicago, sometimes city-living seems intent on spiking our blood pressure. Between wailing sirens, gridlock traffic, and the ever-prompt (see: sarcasm) CTA, our day-in and day-out can leave us frazzled and running on empty. So for all the days you’ve had it up to here, The Urbaness now has your answer. Read on for six tips for finding calm and balance, reinvigorating your soul, and reveling in some good old fashioned relaxation.
Autumn Grounding III

The yogis at Logan Square's Tula Yoga are back with another pose to add to our Autumn Grounding series. Today they bring you Warrior II, a standing pose to help you feel empowered by your connection to the earth.
Autumn Grounding II

The colors of autumn, the crisp air--there's a lot to enjoy about the changing season. Back with another pose for our Autumn Grounding series, the women of Tula Yoga will help you open your heart with a backbend that shines gratitude into your world.
Tula Yoga

An oasis of serenity, Tula Yoga is a Logan Square studio devoted to promoting a friendly, positive environment to build up a calming practice.
Autumn Grounding

Autumn’s blown in with color and change, but it’s easy to lose our focus. The poses in our Autumn Grounding series can help you keep your roots when the winds of change blow around you.
Chill Out

Chicago is a wonderful place, but some days it can try even the most steadfast patience; between CTA delays, high prices, crazy traffic, and the constant throng of people, sometimes it’s hard to keep it all together. But no matter your experience, a yoga practice can help you slow down, power up, and find a moment of groundedness.
Where the Hearth is
When the weather dips and the winds begin to whip, there’s no antidote to winter’s chill quite like a fireplace. If you don’t have a fireplace to call your own (and really, who does?), we have you covered.

Partying with a Purpose
Over a bottle of wine, Kristen Kaza, the brains behind Chicago's No Small Plans Productions, shares her insights on intentional work, positive spaces, and the importance of visibility. Read more here.

Rockin’ for Charity
Recently, Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) held its fifth-annual Autumn Auction at the Wicker Park mixology haven, The Violet Hour. Read about the event here!

Wine & Wise Words
“Drink to learn. If that was what school was all about, we probably would’ve been straight ‘A’ students, right?” The Urbaness sidles up to the bar to talk wine and women in business with Vera Wine Bar's Liz Mendez.

Mano Y Metal
In a constantly growing corner of Desiree Castro’s living room, the Mano y Metal studio is a vibrant den of color: glimmering piles of unused or discarded metal, neatly hung tools and ornate displays of earrings and bracelets stamped with unique messages. Lit by the waning sun on a chilly winter afternoon, Desiree tells us how inseparable she and her business truly are. Read more

Good Deed
Do some good: Share your time with non-profit, Girls in the Game, and help encourage strength, confidence, and good health in Chicago’s young women. Girls in the Game empowers youth through fitness, nutrition, health, and self-esteem programs—and they’re always looking for volunteers. Learn more.