When it comes to getting in shape, you have lots of options in Chicago. You can run on the bike path hugging the shoreline, or you can join a recreational sports team. But if you need more discipline to lose the pounds, a Chicago gym might be your best bet. Those with upmarket tastes can go with a luxury fitness emporium or, if you are looking to keep things cheap, there is no shortage of budget gyms in the city. Ready to commit to a new you? Your journey starts here.
Gym openings in Chicago for fitness and weight loss
Whether you're looking to lose weight or just target some problem areas, these new gym openings in Chicago can get you on the road to peak fitness.
Best budget gyms in Chicago
Best mid-range gyms in Chicago
Best upscale gyms in Chicago
Best view: Bally Century City
Best sports program: Lakeshore Athletic Club-Lincoln Park
Best café: Equinox Loop
Best locker room: David Barton Gym
David Barton Gym wins us over with its fancy hair products, steam and sauna.
Best kids area: LA Fitness-South Loop
A jungle-gym maze and video games won this spacious kids' club the prize.
Chicago's gyms rated
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The gyms issue
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Gyms | Steal vs. splurge
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Five reasons to join Chicago gyms
Enough with the excuses. Here’s why you should hit one of the dozens of gyms in Chicago.
Free trial gym memberships
TOC has six weeks’ worth of free gym memberships for you to choose from.
LGBT-themed fitness classes
Get in shape with these queer workouts
Five Chicago studios that offer hot yoga
Warm up with hot classes at Chicago studios.
Check in, work out
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Cheap fitness gear
Where to find good workout clothes that don’t cost as much as your gym membership.
Fitness advice from four Chicago dance stars
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Stylish workout, running and yoga gear
Get fashionable fitness clothing that resembles the duds worn by the stylish folks we stopped at the gym.