Athletic clothing for a variety of active hobbies in Oak Park
Photo by Rachel Switall
OPENED IN 2014 BY TWO SISTERS, this shop (109 N. Oak Park Ave., 708 358-0605) was originally called Lively Running. Soon, owners Anne Pezalla and Kate Pezalla Marlin knew they wanted to reach more than just runners and changed to Lively Athletics in order to also cater to walkers, cyclists, tennis players, CrossFitters, yoga enthusiasts, barre devotees and more. Anne is the creative force behind the décor of the shop, which has an energizing vibe and a welcoming atmosphere.
The store carries boutique labels not found elsewhere, alongside major brands, such as Lucy, Lole, Merrell and Prana. Local and independent artists bring in items such as limited edition t-shirts and inspiring jewelry for everyday wear. New items are constantly being integrated into the stores’s offerings, with a goal of providing products that are both flattering and functional. Custom services are also provided, from private bra fittings to video gait analysis for shoe fittings. The store also holds weekly fun runs on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.Edit Module