Exercise or not to exercise: that is the question (to paraphrase Shakespeare’s Hamlet). My answer is to exercise. It relieves stress, improves your health, and makes you look your best. Chicago is the city on the move, literally. Everybody jogs, strolls, rides, or involves himself in some physical activity around the town, especially when it is warm and sunny. If this is not enough to keep you in shape and in a good spirit, Chicago has a lot to offer, such as recreational gyms.
My favorite four gyms are:
Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC) is one of the hottest clubs in town.
It is located at 3212 N. Broadway Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657 (corner of Belmont and Broadway). Its unusual architecture is catchy and eye-stopping. This compact gym offers more than your heart can desire: two swimming pools (an indoor pool and an outdoor rooftop pool); a massive indoor climbing wall and bouldering cave; cardio equipment; personal training; group exercise classes; weight training equipment; swimming lessons; a sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzi; a luxury locker room with a full towel service; free wireless Internet access; and activities for a whole family to enjoy.
Lincoln Park Athletic Club (LPAC) is my second favorite of health clubs, but it is closer to my home residence.
It is located at 1019 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614, and offers similar accommodations to LVAC, but on a smaller scale: there is no an outdoor rooftop pool, only the indoor one; less space for exercising; a much smaller locker room; not as many choices of group exercise classes; and the climbing wall is located outdoor instead of indoor. The membership prices are little bit cheaper, though.
LA Fitness Chicago (former Bally’s Total Fitness) is another gym choice to keep you in shape.
It is located at 2828 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, and I used to be its member for many years until it was bought by LA Fitness. It is a fine gym to join, but it does not have all the perks of LVAC and LPAC, such as: a free full towel service; climbing walls; family activities; free wireless Internet access; and only one indoor swimming pool. The membership is much cheaper, though, and there is a Kids Klub offering a free babysitting service while you exercise.
East Bank Club is the gym of the gyms; it is much more than a place to work out.
It is located at 500 N. Kingsbury St. (at W. Kinzie St), Chicago, IL 60654. It offers from the usual personal training and group exercise classes, swimming and such, things that no other club offers, such as: car wash, dry cleaning, physical therapy, spa, salon, fine dining, business center, shopping, and more. If you have to ask for the membership price, you probably cannot afford it.