Work it Out: The Top 5 Fitness Clubs in Chicago

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Great fitness facilities are more than just a place to lift weights and pump iron. They inspire a balanced lifestyle through innovative classes, healthy eating, and spa services. Here are your top 5 fitness clubs to get motivated, strong and start the new year with a bang.

1 East Bank Club

East Bank Club opened its doors on December 15, 1980 with 3,000 members and 100 employees. At that time, building an exercise, recreation and dining facility on such a grand scale was a new concept. Today, East Bank Club has more than 10,000 members and 600 employees, and it is the cornerstone of Chicago's River North neighborhood. Unparalleled in size, scope and range of services, the 450,000 square-foot East Bank Club has unanimously set the standard for first-class hospitality and excellence in the fitness industry.

500 N. Kingsbury St. 312.527.5800.

2 Equinox

What ESPN calls “the best gym in America,” Equinox is not just about fitness, it’s a lifestyle club. With Kiehl’s locker room amenities, industry leading personal trainers, world-class group programs, luxurious spas and award-winning design, Equinox delivers style and substance.

200 W. Monroe St. 312.252.3100.

3 The Spa and Health Club at the Trump

Work out to breathtaking views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan from towering 10 foot floor to ceiling windows throughout the health club. From the very latest Technogym® Cardiovascular equipment, individual TV monitors, iPod docking stations and a 75-foot by 25-foot heated indoor pool, enjoy a range of classes within the two dedicated studios which include Yoga, Pilates and Spinning.

4 Lakeview Athletic Club

Aside from the obvious rock climbing wall, triathlon and running clubs, bootcamp and rooftop pool, LAC offers HD TVs on every machine, clean facilities, and killer locker rooms. What more do you need from a workout facility?

3212 N. Broadway. 773.529.2024.

5 David Barton Gym

30,000 square feet on the Chicago River, DBG personal trainers offer innovative cardio with individual workout plans, steam rooms, a Russian bath, and sports massages. The industrial chic space was designed by Bonetti/Kozerski with lighting by Johnson Schwinhammer.

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