At Northwest Athletic Club, patrons can train for almost any type of physical challenge. Those who want to become a tennis champion can reserve one of five indoor tennis courts for practice rain or shine. Those who want to dunk a basketball or just shoot a layup while yelling "dunk" can head to the facility's full-size basketball court.
Of course, the club has a vast fitness floor for those who just want to work out, as well as a studio that hosts Zumba dance parties, spinning sessions, yoga classes, and more.
Mounted on the walls of Strings Attached is a colorful array of crisp new tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton rackets?along with platform tennis paddles?awaiting their chance to pummel their respective spheres across the court. As players peruse the equipment made by heavyweights such as Wilson, Prince, and Dunlop, a knowledgeable staff stands by, ready to dole out pro advice on which rackets best meet their size or style of play. Players can also upgrade their wardrobes by slipping into new clothes, trying on supportive shoes, and folding themselves into durable gear bags. Expert technicians, meanwhile, help customers' rackets reach their greatest potential by stabilizing grips or tightening and re-stringing down-at-the-heel equipment.
Since 2001, Tennis on the Lake has fostered myriad fitness regimens and a sense of community through year-round programs for tennis, yoga, and cross-training. During all of the outdoor classes, instructors help students develop correct techniques while having fun and staying active. Tennis classes take place at several Chicagoland parks including Waveland Park, which allows outdoor adventurers to hone racket-wielding abilities while surveying lakefront scenery. During winter months, Tennis on the Lake rents snowshoes to guests interested in exploring nearby parks or perfecting roundhouse-kick court serves.
During the four one-hour tennis lessons, you'll learn the basics of tennis from one of XS Tennis's instructors, each an experienced professional. Master the art of the backhand, draw power and sustenance from the strength of the serve, or unravel the allure of the mysterious drop shot, all while getting exercise that doesn't involve hitting a bag of potato chips with a hammer. The lessons are group lessons, giving students the chance to make new friends or potential athletic rivals between grunts and fault-fueled arguments. Customers can apply the value of this Groupon toward an upgrade to another XS Tennis class or lesson and just pay the difference directly to XS Tennis.
Move Your Feet Sports' hour-long lessons teach all ages and abilities to serve and volley like professional bowlers who used to be tennis title holders. Classes for beginners, intermediate players, and advanced players ($25 each) are available at all three facilities. The staff of experienced instructors pump each hour-long lesson full of heart-pounding cardio moves, skill-building exercises, and techniques to crush competition like monster trucks crush hot-dog carts. Look under the Groupon tab on Move Your Feet Sports' registration page to see class options.
McFetridge Sports Center's tireless staff hosts non-stop activity for 18 hours a day, seven days a week, taking advantage of every square foot the massive facility has to offer. Trainers take to the courts with tennis pupils, practicing on six tournament-quality indoor courts or, weather-permitting, four outdoor ones. Teams face off in the outdoor basketball courts or host showdowns on the baseball field.
Perhaps the most iconic amenity at the Center, though, is its NHL-sized ice arena, which hosts lessons in figure and hockey skating year-round, in addition to competitive play in various ice sports. Those not on the ice can catch the action from one of the 1,200 seats in the stands. They can even opt to burn calories as they spectate by hitting a treadmill at the fitness center, which overlooks the rink.