A bustling city full of walkable blocks and busy suburbs, Chicago puts many essentials right at your fingertips. However, of those who add an outside gym membership to their list of bills, 67.7 percent go completely unused.
Stop spending more to not work out and make it easier on yourself. These apartment communities feature some of the best gyms in Chicago. Even better, you don't even have to leave home (or pay extra) to use them.
Get your workout routine back on track with these 10 local spots that come complete with a gym.
Source: Rent. / Sentral Michigan Avenue
Wall-to-wall windows and an industrial feel give the fitness center at Sentral Michigan Avenue a sleek look. Take in the Downtown Chicago views as you use the rowing, elliptical and step machines to get your cardio on. There's also a yoga studio and outdoor hydrotherapy spa, perfect to soothe sore muscles.
Located in The Loop, Chicago's central business district, this community is full of high-rise buildings. This upward space provides opportunities for some creative design, including Sentral Michigan Avenue's four-story indoor garden.
Source: Rent. / Solstice on the Park
The fitness center soothes with mirrored walls, large windows and inset lighting. The space feels bright and airy, creating an approachable environment to get working with the gym's free weights, Peloton bikes and strength and cardio machines.
There's also a sectioned-off workout studio perfect for some yoga or simply for stretching.
Source: Rent. / Residences at New City
Taking advantage of all the big windows, the machines in the fitness room at the Residences at New City follow the curve of the wall. This bright and industrial space makes it easy to work out, whether you're using one of the many machines or taking advantage of the studio space.
Coupled with the cyber cafe, dog run, theatre room with a 90-inch screen and more, you'll find quite an amenity package in this Near North Side community. The area, just north of Downtown, is also bordered by Michigan Avenue, Chicago's most famous street.
Accented with orange pillars and plenty of windows and mirrors is the quaint workout space at Prairie Shores Apartments. It features a selection of cardio equipment and weight machines perfect for any “home gym."
Located on the south side of Chicago in Prairie Shores, this community sits on 20 acres of green space alongside Lake Michigan. You'll also find a pool, clubhouse, dog park and media center among its amenities.
Source: Rent. / Alta at K Station
Composed of two stylish and eco-friendly towers, Alta at K Station is a LEED Gold building. Inside you'll find a cyber cafe, indoor sports court, movie theater and rooftop pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
When it comes to the gym of this West Side gem, you'll find every type of weight machine and fitness equipment imaginable. There's also a secondary space with rows of cardio machines which all face out toward the tall windows.
A modern and simple decor, Alta at K Station also provides residents with complimentary fitness classes.
Source: Rent. / The Marquee at Block 37
Another cool spot in The Loop, The Marquee at Block 37 has a spacious gym with industrial design accents. Located at the top of the building for optimal views, the fitness center offers access to a nice assortment of cardio and weight machines along with free weights. A wall-length mirror gives the room depth. Complimentary fitness classes provide even more reasons to use the gym.
A LEED-certified building, The Marquee at Block 37 also features a cinema lounge, dog run and wash station, steam room and sauna and sundeck with cabanas and swimming pool.
Source: Rent. / Lofts at River East
Another Near North Side apartment community with a massive workout space is the Lofts at River East. The gym here has an industrial feel, with exposed piping and brickwork. Rows of elliptical machines are set against the windows. You'll also find CrossFit boxes, weight equipment and punching bags. To top off the decor, there's inspiring wall art.
Other amenities that cement the luxurious living at Lofts at River East include a bike room with a repair shop, a dog wash station, a game room and a screening room.
Source: Rent. / Del Prado
Fashionable and funky, with plenty of color and artistic flair, the fitness center at Del Prado is just one of the shared spaces in this East Hyde Park apartment community. You'll also find a variety of study areas and lounges, and even an on-site restaurant.
The gym itself has its own style. Pops of color and mirrored columns are set among the cardio and strength equipment. You'll also find a nice CrossFit space.
Source: Rent. / Coast at Lakeshore East
With a massive fitness center that's bright and full of character, the gym at Coast at Lakeshore East is fully equipped. CYBEX machines of every variety are available along with custom free weights.
This Near East Side apartment community sits on the shores of Lake Michigan. It's a smoke-free residence that includes an outdoor heated lap pool and indoor spa.
There's also a neighborhood courtesy shuttle, sauna and steam rooms and tech center.
Situated next door to the infamous home of the Chicago Cubs, The Residences at Addison and Clark provide views of Wrigley Field from its rooftop patio. The fitness center is spacious and sleek with a Peloton cycle room, CrossFit boxes and plenty of cardio and strength equipment.
This LEED-certified building in Wrigleyville is close to amazing restaurants and shopping. The area is quieter by day, but when there's a home game, watch out if you're not a sports fan. The fandom is contagious.
Grab an apartment workout at one of the best gyms in Chicago
Whether moving to Chicago for work, school or to be able to call such an exciting city home, you'll want easy access to exercise. As a walking city, you're already ahead of the game, but round out your routine with an excellent community gym.
Look for Chicago apartments like these that boast an assortment of amenities, including a fitness center, and you'll come out a winner.