Charity Gonzalez

If you are looking for a place to get fit somewhere in Chicago, then be assured that you are safe at Charity Gonzalez’s Urban Fit Clubs. Charity Gonzalez, being the fitness fanatic that she was at an early age, started Urban Fit Clubs. Why? She found herself in a situation that many people find themselves in, she was in a workout rut having been a member of the same gym for five years. Wanting to have the convenience of local gyms but without paying the price of one, she created Urban Fit Clubs using her background knowledge in marketing. What is special about being a member of Urban Fit Clubs is that members are able to access fitness facilities around Chicago with the use of a simple card. They offer an abundance of workout options such as cardio and strength training, spin, dance, TRX, martial arts, pole dancing and more. She has sought out partnerships with TeamIFit, Go Cycle Studio, Chicago River North Pilates, POW! Kick Boxing, Lincoln Park Crossfit, Yoga Now, and many more locations continuously being added.

Where were you born ?
Western Suburbs
How long in Chicago:
14 years
River North
Founder, Urban Fit Clubs, LLC
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Ethnic Food:
Café LaGuardia for Cuban food
Best Italian:
Riccardo Trattoria in Lincoln Park. Cozy and amazing food.
Best place for late night dining:
Bijan’s Bistro and Tempo Cafe have been my staples since I moved to the city.
Best dessert:
Karyn’s Cooked has a Coconut Cream Pie that is delicious and I don’t feel tooooo guilty scarfing down in its entirety!
Best place for a romantic date:
Maybe not typical, but Danny’s Tavern does it for me…it’s dark and sexy, and you have an excuse to dance close as the floor is packed! Playing it safe on a first date, the 96th floor of Hancock. Watching city lights sparkle gets to me.
Best Sunday brunch:
Jane’s Restaurant in Bucktown is quaint with a great menu…after a night out however, Nuevo Leon Restaurant in Pilsen!
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Maude’s Liquor Bar or Public House depending on mood…
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Capital Grille
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Any Chicago street fest in the summer and Kingston Mines.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Elysian
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Intermix and Jayson Home and Garden
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
K-Amato. A fantastic local designer.
Best Spa:
Favorite Charity Event:
Any Stimulus Social Club event, great way to check out spots across the city for a great cause.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Art Basel in Miami
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago
Best Aspect of Chicago:
It’s a livable and friendly metropolitan city. We have the style, without the attitude.
Best Steakhouse:
Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse, great food and always fun.
Best Pizza:
Chicago Pizza has a veggie pizza with broccoli! And it’s the perfect dough/cheese ratio.
Best Lunch:
Eleven City Diner for a big deli sandwich with matzo ball soup, and a root beer float to wash it down.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The best workouts in Chicago are in the locally owned facilities on your corner. So many options…and great experience…they really get to know you and can focus on your goals.
Best Massage:
Urban Oasis
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Flash Cab. Reliable when you call from the airport!
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Art Institute of Chicago’s modern wing
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Grant Park
Best Sushi:
Sushi Wabi
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