Whether you're already into fitness or just getting into it for the first time, Downtown Chicago isn't short on fancy health clubs with all the bells and whistles. From state-of-the-art equipment and experienced personal trainers to spa-inspired extras like eucalyptus-soaked towels and top-of-the-line bath products, many of Chicago's upscale gyms and health clubs provide more than just a place to burn off a few calories.
So if you're new to the city or perhaps just looking for a change of scenery, here's our updated short list of Downtown Chicago's best health and fitness clubs...
East Bank Club - River North
Arguably Downtown Chicago’s most prestigious health club, the one-and-only East Bank Club covers over 2 city blocks and includes over 450,000 square feet of work out space and amenities. And along with all the fitness classes and services offered at East Bank Club, you’ll also find a variety of dining services as well, including an in-club restaurant that has an impressive selection of small plates, salads, entrees, and yes—even a few desserts as well.
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness - Lakeshore East
If you’re looking for a place that’s less about amenities and more about workout facilities, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness might be the perfect option. Conveniently located in the Lakeshore East neighborhood, Lakeshore Sport & fitness truly has it all—an expansive class list, the largest free weight room in the Loop, the tallest indoor climbing wall in the country, a full size basketball court, a running track, a boxing studio, golf simulators, an indoor lap pool, and even a relaxing rooftop deck with an outdoor swimming pool. And because their Downtown Chicago location is so big, it rarely feels “too busy.”
FFC West Loop - West Loop Gate
Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) have locations all over Chicago but the West Loop one is the place to be for anyone wanting to live in what’s now considered the city’s hottest neighborhood. Group fitness, Pilates and personal training, cardio machines, and weight training machines are of course all offered at FCC, and the wide-range of extra amenities at the West Loop location include complimentary Wi-Fi, towel service, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a kids’ club, spa services, massage therapy services, a sports shop, and lockers and laundry.
Downtown Chicago Health Club Tips
In a city as bustling as Chicago, many gyms and health clubs can get a little crazy at times, which might make your experience less enjoyable. So
Try going at different times. Gyms and health clubs are often the busiest in the morning and right after work. Visiting mid-day might help with avoiding crowds, but every gym is different, which is why it’s smart to try various times of the day to see what works best for your situation.
Switch up your cardio routine. The most common complaint people have about working out is that it can sometimes get boring. Treadmills and elliptical machines are probably the most commonly used cardio devices, but if using the same old equipment gets tedious, try hopping on an exercise bike or rowing machine.
Follow gym etiquette. This one is easy enough: don’t hog the machines and always make sure to properly wipe down each machine after use. Remember, different facilities often have different rules, so always check with the front desk about regulations specific to that club or gym.