The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
At The Yoga Centre in Oak Park, a team of passionate instructors helps students build stronger connections between their physical, mental, and emotional selves. The studio hosts more than 20 yoga classes each week, including introductory classes, Cardio Yoga classes, and meditative classes that help clear students' minds of stressful thoughts about work or apprehensions about their work's annual shouting convention. Private training sessions are also available for those who desire a one-on-one format.
Mounted on the walls of Strings Attached is a colorful array of crisp new tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton rackets 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.
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 it's 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.
With its bare hands, Norris Recreation Center tears through the piecemeal membership and class fees that keep exercisers from traditional gyms, and flings open the doors to its modern facility. A gift from the St. Charles–native Norris family, the nonprofit establishment makes living healthier a viable option. Within its stone walls, five dedicated rooms bustle with the whir of cardio and weight-training equipment, and swimmers careen down the 12 lanes of the 50-meter pool during lessons, lap swims, and open pool time. The squeaks of pivoting sneakers peal off the racquetball court's walls, and twosomes, foursomes, and Billie Jean King's army of clones descend on the four tennis courts, which guests rent by the hour. Members can simmer in the center's saunas or whirlpool, or shuck off tension with a swedish, sport-injury, orthopedic, or deep-tissue massage before showering and retrieving their gym bags from complimentary lockers.
Trained instructors lead 13 free classes throughout the week, with diverse aerobic curricula that include cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. For individualized guidance, personal trainers coach clients out of workout plateaus. As parents work out, childcare professionals engage lads and lasses with interactive games, toys, and movies in the center's nursery, where kids build social skills and imagination while pretending to be heroic astronauts, firefighters, or accountants.