After being members at this esteemed club for several years, we recall its scene as nearly as well as its stellar equipment. The crowd here ranges from hard core sweat fiends clad in typical gym shirt/short combos to the BP set with freshly coiffed hair, a strong layer of scent and in some cases, we kid you not, high-heeled gym shoes. In case you're wondering, we did not belong to this latter group.
The enormous facility stretches across 2 full city blocks and houses an unbelievable assortment of fitness equipment, exercise classes and dining options, along with a full-service spa. And you know a facility is massive when it boasts an indoor 1/4-mile track! Add to this 8 indoor tennis courts, 2 competition-quality 25-yard lap pools (1 indoor/1 outdoor), 4 racquet ball courts, an indoor driving range, a formal restaurant and a large café, get the picture? Notice, we have not even discussed the strength and cardio options! East Bank's cardio floor, just the cardio floor, is larger than 20,000 square feet! The latest and greatest endurance machines line the room with Precor and Life Fitness leading the charge.
Strength enthusiasts will find an incredible supply and variety of stack-loaded weight stations, computerized resistance machines, free weights and Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment. It's all here, just leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way around. Swimmers, we already told you about the pools, but you can also count on a full assortment of toys and a pace clock on deck.
33 hotels in Chicago are on the guest list and if you want it, it's $25. The list includes the Park Hyatt, Peninsula, Double Tree Hotel, Four Seasons, Hilton, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, W Hotel Lakeshore, Westin Hotel, Hyatt Regecy Chicago, Inter Continental Hotel, Omni Hotel and Marriott. Even though $25 doesn't seem like a deep discount, if you're a guest at one of the aforementioned hotels, speak with the concierge - they'll get your pass for you. Since East Bank is private, the concierge serves as the "middle-man." Bring a photo ID and your hotel key when you make it to EBC. Members of IHRSA clubs are additionally welcome at $12.50/day.