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Best Gyms In Chicago

January 3, 2011 1:30 PM

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Best Gyms In Chicago

Ready to kick-start the new year with a new body? Below is an A-Z guide to the best gyms in Chicago. This year, keep your resolutions and head to one of these featured gyms.

Bally Total Fitness

22 Chicagoland Locations

Bally’s offers spacious facilities, a wide variety of classes and training, at an amazing low price. With over 22 Chicagoland locations, there is sure to be a Bally Total Fitness near you.

Membership fee: $26.99 per month. $0 Enrollment fee. Price may vary. Check for most recent rates.

Cheetah Gym Chicago


Check out the fresh Group X Fitness formats like Hot Bod, Roll-ates™, Yoga Basics, WERQ™, Pilates with Props, Weekend Warrior, Fast Lane and more. Whether your mission is to increase endurance, build strength, or unwind, you will find your perfect workout in one of Cheetah’s Group X classes.

Membership fee: $59.00 per month. $0 Enrollment fee.

Chicago Athletic Clubs

Lincoln Park
West Loop

If you’re looking for a health club that has Chicago’s best instructors, prime locations, convenient class scheduling, and a fun, exciting environment, these are the clubs for you. Take advantage of their rock climbing walls, indoor/outdoor pools, free group classes, and spa-like locker room facilities. With massages, steam showers, and a sauna, you can make working out a relaxing retreat!

$50 enrollment fee special, plus $25 off next month.


Over 25 Chicagoland locations

Curves is designed to give you a complete cardio and strength-training workout in just 30 minutes. Burn up to 500 calories with every circuit workout. The circuit is made up of resistance machines that work every major muscle group, two muscles at a time, making Curves a great spot for people on the go!

Check for the most current rates.

East Bank Club

500 North Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5800

Unparalleled in size, scope and range of services, the 450,000 square-foot East Bank Club has set the standard for first-class hospitality and excellence. Facility includes indoor golf, basketball, tennis, pilates, and multiple indoor/outdoor pools. East Bank Club, is more than just a place to work out and play your favorite sports. Amenities include, a car wash, physical therapy, spa, salon, children’s activity center and more.

Membership fee: $125-$305 per month. Initiation fee: $250-$700.

Equinox Fitness

Gold Coast
Highland Park
Lincoln Park
The Loop

Membership at Equinox includes group fitness classes, yoga, personal training, members’ only iphone app, Kiehl’s locker room amenities and more. Take advantage of their wide array of classes, spa, and pool facilities.

Fitness Formula

Gold Coast
Halsted Street
Lincoln Park
Oak Park
Old Town
South Loop
Union Station
West Loop

Fitness Formula Clubs are designed to provide cutting-edge fitness, distinct services, spa and wellness programs to meet the needs and lifestyles of each Club location. This Chicago based club offers personal training, convenient locations, and a variety of group fitness classes.

Membership and enrollment fees vary. Check for the most current rates.

XSport Fitness

Over 20 Chicagoland Locations

Members at XSport can enjoy free group fitness classes, the XSport Spa, tanning services, personal training, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Memberships start as low as $19.95. Check for the most current rates.

Have a favorite gym we missed? Tell us where to find it below.–Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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  • Tom Cannon

    You didn’t include LA Boxing on your list. I’ve been a member for about 6 months and it is the best workout period. Not having them on your list is short sighted on your part.

  • Chad

    I love my gym, VTone Fitness in Rogers Park, Jarvis and Ashland. It is very small and such a diverse group of people that go there. It is never crowded and I never feel uncomfortable there. They have personal trainers, and they just started offering yoga. A great recommendation for those locals needing a no judgement not feel embarrassed type of place.

  • Centurion

    CURVES? You gotta be kidding right? Did Curves pay you to say they were one of the best? CURVES is deplorable!

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