From April to October, Chicago can be one of the most welcoming cities in the world for tourists, sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts. Come autumn though, the city can be synonymous with some of the coldest weather in the country and spending a large amount of time indoors. Chicago’s fitness industry is more than prepared however, and boasts a stunning embarrassment of riches when it comes to high-end gyms. Here are four luxury gyms to check out on your next visit:
East Bank Club
Chicago’s largest, and possibly most impressive luxury gym is East Bank Club, a city establishment since 1980. Containing a stunning 450,000 sq ft of space, it’s best to think of East Bank as a fitness arena as opposed to a mere gym.
East Bank has it all. In addition to standard modern cardio/strength equipment, there are four swimming pools, hot tubs, indoor track, indoor driving range, basketball courts, and dedicated space for volleyball and indoor soccer. Racquet sports fans will not be disappointed with tennis, squash and racquetball all on premises. The club also offers the most group-based classes in the entire city. From barre to Zumba, chances are if you’re after a particular class, it’s on offer here.
You could spend days here and barely scratch the surface. A must visit for any true fitness enthusiast.
There are four locations in the Windy City. Our pick of the bunch is on Lincoln Park. This branch is modeled to create the atmosphere of an urban loft with brick walls and high ceilings in a three floor workout space.
In particular, this Equinox is notable for its backdrop of high windows, natural light, and a wide, scenic view overlooking Lake Michigan. Cardio and strength equipment is state of the art. This location also features a dedicated boxing studio and for extra workout focus, the studio’s sound system offers the unique option to block out the rest of the gym’s ambient music.
Towel service (standard and cold) is included throughout the gym. Sauna and steam rooms are also available. Locker rooms are fully staffed and include all Kiehl’s amenities.
Lakeshore Sport and Fitness
An absolute lock for any list of the best luxury gyms in Chicago – there are two Lakeshore Sport and Fitness gyms in the city, both impressive. Our pick is the Lincoln Park location.
Lakeshore refers to its premises not as a gym but a campus, and they’re right. With 185,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor sport space at the Lincoln Park facility, you’re never short on options.
Tennis is the strong suit here. Players will love the facility which includes 8 indoor courts, 3 outdoor rooftop courts, and even 2 outdoor paddle tennis courts. Racquetball and squash are available, in addition to a basketball court, indoor running track, boxing studio, fully modern cardio/strength training options, and a huge number of group classes.
During warmer months, don’t miss the rooftop pool and lounge area – great for post-workout relaxing and social events. Also be sure to check out Harvest, the gym’s full service rooftop restaurant.
Probably the most intriguing inclusion on our list, Lateral Fitness is a boutique gym that offers a modern, exclusive fitness environment and a unique feel best described as a combination of sports science meets luxury.
Located in River North, it’s a breath of fresh air in the industry. Lateral is best known for the outstanding level of quality and professionalism among its personal training staff that are among the industry’s best, capable of training members to a high level in any sport, though their focus is on long-distance running – marathon, triathlon etc.
In addition to modern strength training equipment, Lateral also features an excellent kettlebell area and training program. This is true athlete’s gym capable of catering to those with elite aspirations – not to be missed. Locker rooms feature high-end amenities. Towel service included.