Community

We’re not just a gym, we’re a community. Your community.


  • Swimming by with a Little Help from My Friend

    One of the main reasons I joined WAC a few years ago was the totally awesome pool. In my opinion, it’s the best pool in the city! (Shhh… don’t tell anyone, I don’t want it to get too crowded.) Even … Read More >

    Posted on April 11th, 2014
  • Kids Club: Movie Nights!

    There’s nothing like a night out together when you have kids. Having your first child though, it can be a challenge to find a trusted person to babysit! I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by plenty of helpful family, … Read More >

    Posted on April 1st, 2014
  • CAC Emmy Winning Commercial!

    Check out our Emmy winning commercial below! Chicago Athletic Clubs v2 from Owen Weber on Vimeo.

    Posted on March 18th, 2014
  • Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

    It seems there are a lot of ideas out there on this one. Over the years, I have heard my fair share of ideas; from not eating pre-workout to the mysterious protein consumption hour after working out, let’s clarify. What … Read More >

    Posted on March 14th, 2014
  • Optimizing Fat Burning During Exercise

    As a personal trainer and future healthcare provider a question that comes up a lot is how to optimize fat burning during a workout. Lipolysis is the medical term for fat burning and it refers to the metabolism of fatty … Read More >

    Posted on March 13th, 2014
  • 15 Minutes Could Save You A Lot More Than 15%

    One of the motivations behind most of my good-for-me habits is that I enjoy the process of self improvement. That’s why I run marathons from time-to-time, wake up early most mornings to write, and am a sucker for “brain strengthening” … Read More >

    Posted on March 4th, 2014
  • Kids Club: The Inside Scoop

    I worked at Kids Club in several different roles for over 9 years before I got to really try it out – as a first time mom. I brought June to Kids Club right at her 8 week birthday, so … Read More >

    Posted on February 26th, 2014
  • Measurable Progress, Assess for Success…

    Now that we are in Mid-February, its a good time to assess.  I reccommend assessing about every 4-6 weeks.  If you have not established a base-line assessment, I urge you to do so.  Think of it as another form of … Read More >

    Posted on February 20th, 2014
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Get up and channel your inner-athlete

Looking to energize your workout,
shake-up your routine, or amp up your fitness goals?

  • Channel your inner athlete at the Chicago Athletic Clubs. You’ll workout among rock climbing walls, indoor lap pools, basketball courts and dozens of conveniently scheduled group classes like Body Pump, Zumba, Kickboxing and others, included in your membership—and all at your disposal. But our services don’t end there. Nutrition counseling, our Kids Clubs, and our highly acclaimed personal trainers will help make your CAC gym your home away from home. Learn More >

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Finally conquer your fitness goals

No two people are alike and neither are our personal trainers.

  • Our highly sought-after trainers will work with members to create smart goals, specific from where you are now and where you want to be. They’ll meet with you and provide a comprehensive assessment, find any imbalances you have with your body and help your correct them. Our personal trainers give you complete individual, one-on-one attention; a holistic approach paired with engaging workout plans. Learn More >

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Don’t be a stranger

We’re more than a gym, we’re a community.

  • Whether it’s in your spinning classes, toning up by the free weights, swimming laps in the Triathlon club, or hitting up the climbing wall, our members have made CAC a self-perpetuating community of communities. At CAC, members are encouraged to stay awhile, relax in our Wi-Fi equipped living room areas and sign up for meet-ups through community events or CAC gyms’ Facebook pages. Learn More >

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Clip in and climb

Designed with both beginners and experts in mind, the CAC climbing walls feature a climbing surface that more closely resembles natural rock than anything on the market today.

  • It’s a great way to get out of your regular workout routine and into a robust social environment. And our facilities come equipped with an ever-changing assortment of routes and structures: crack climbing, a horizontal roof, dihedrals, arêtes, slab and endurance routes. In addition to this, Lincoln Park offers a sustained 30-degree overhang, Lakeview features a climbing wall and a bouldering cave and Evanston is home to two climbing walls, a bouldering cave and 46-foot high endurance routes. If you’re looking to shake up up your workout and get your adrenaline running, this is a great way to help improve your balance, coordination and flexibility while refining your arm, back and core strength. Learn More >

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Keep your head above the water

We offer year-round access as well as a variety of training classes for swimmers at all skill levels.

  • With minimal impact on your joints, swimming is a great full body workout utilizing resistance training. Whether you’re a beginner perfecting your form or a master building endurance, our slew of classes and lessons will keep you driven and energized. Looking for private lessons? Team up with a personal swim instructor to maximize your workout. Family and Kids Swim classes are also available! Learn More >

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