YogaBliss, Lotus Café Open at Chicago's University Village Marketplace Near UIC

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A yoga studio/boutique and a Vietnamese restaurant/banh mi shop have opened at University Village Marketplace on the south campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Yoga studio and boutique YogaBliss Chicago and Lotus Café, a Vietnamese restaurant and banh mi shop, have opened at University Village Marketplace, a mix of dining, retail, and service offerings in the heart of historic Maxwell Street.

YogaBliss, 1344 S.Halsted St., (312) 243-YOGA, offers early morning, lunchtime, and evening yoga classes seven days a week, and for all levels of practitioners. Classes include candlelight yoga, Power Vinyasa Flow, and Power Hour. All are inspired by the teachings of Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. YogaBliss owner Kristen Fleming is one of only a handful of yoga instructors in the Chicago area who are certified by Baptiste. Prices range from individual drop-ins rates to unlimited monthly and yearly memberships. YogaBliss offers discounts to students and University Village Marketplace employees.

Lotus Café, 719 W. Maxwell St., (312) 733-7595, serves six versions of Vietnamese-style sandwiches called banh mi, as well as spring rolls and other appetizers, plus a variety of noodle salads. All emphasize fresh, flavorful, ingredients and healthy preparations, according to owners Dao Nguyen and Kim Dao. Lotus Café accepts all major credit cards. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About University Village Marketplace
Located on the south campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago – and on the former site of the historic and renowned Maxwell Street "open air" market – University Village Marketplace is a unique and family-friendly shopping area composed of businesses, restaurants, taverns, retail outlets, and service shops. Everything is conveniently dispersed along Halsted and Maxwell Streets, Roosevelt Road, and Union Avenue.

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