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The best Chicago gyms with childcare

You're out of excuses for skipping that workout when you're a member of these Chicago gyms with childcare

By Samantha Lande

Having kids makes it extra difficult to get to the gym, but don't let that derail your fitness goals. Many gyms around the city have indoor playspaces and some pretty cool kids programs, so you can sweat it out while your kids have some fun of their own. You'll both come back refreshed and ready to play after hitting these Chicago gyms with childcare. Bonus: Childcare at most gyms cost way less than hiring a babysitter service.

Gyms with childcare

Dailey Method

Sports and fitness Cross-training Wicker Park

Tighten your abs, glutes and thighs while your kids are well taken care of. Dailey Method offers two kids' rooms, one for infants and one for toddlers and up, for $6 a session (packages also available). The infant room is a small group to make sure babies are well attended to, while the older ones have plenty of toys to keep them occupied. Book childcare the same way you sign up for a class.


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Although you must book childcare 24 hours in advance, you know your kids will be in good hands at a place that is focused on healthy moms. The spot offers tons of kids classes, too, so bring the little ones for Kindermusik before you get your workout in. For $8 an hour, your kids will be well taken care of by sitters from the nanny placement agency k grace.


East Bank Club

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers River North

Parents can focus on their workouts knowing their infants and toddlers are in good hands at the children's activity center. Teacher-to-child ratios are low, and parents with small children are given a pager so they can be reached quickly if need be. The center is stocked with snacks, and kids can participate in crafts and other learning activities for $7 an hour.

Equinox Lincoln Park

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Climbing toys and computers are some of what you'll find in the kids' part of the gym. Prices vary by number of children: $10 for one, $8 per kid for two kids and $7 when there are three. Childcare is also available at the Highland Park location.

FFC Lincoln Park
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Fitness Formula Clubs East Lakeview

Sports and fitness Cycling Lake View

For $29.95 a month (or $7 a visit) your kids can hang out in the kids' club, a preschool-esque room filled with toys, art supplies, books and more. Special activities like martial arts, pool parties and parent date nights are offered as well. Childcare also available at Equinox's Oak Park, South Loop, West Loop, Halsted Street and Lincoln Park locations.

Galter LifeCenter

Sports and fitness Yoga & Pilates Lincoln Square

Kids from 12 weeks to age 8 can hang out at the KidCenter, where they'll listen to storytime, do puzzles, dress up and more. Peanut-free snacks can be brought in for your kids who can spend 1.5-3 hours in the center for $10 per child. Discounted packages are also available.



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This workout may be intense, but you won't have to worry about your kids being entertained. The kids' room is complete with a Wii entertainment system and tons of toys, enough that they won't notice you are gone for your hour workout. Childcare costs $6 a class (packages available) and can be booked when you sign up for your class.

West Loop Athletic Club

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers West Loop

This Kids Club offers fun classes like kids yoga, music and exploration at 10am each day. There are also fun special activities like movie night or Lil' Kickers for an additional fee. Each visit costs $12; get reduced rates when you buy a package. Also available at Evanston Athletic Club.


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